Image and body makeover stories that give ‘vanity’ a new meaning

Image and body makeover stories that give ‘vanity’ a new meaning

It’s been said many times, many ways: vanity is a bad thing. I agree with reservations.

Over the years, in my line of work as an aesthetician and a medical spa owner, I have come to realize that it is actually our perception of vanity that gives the word a bad rap. Merriam Webster defines “vanity” as the “inflated pride in oneself or one’s appearance.” While I agree that having an ‘inflated’ pride leads to a feeling of superiority, I also believe that one’s appearances play a huge factor in a person’s overall outlook. Simply put, it’s how you view yourself (and others) that determines if one is vain or not.

A classic example of this is in taking care of yourself; i.e. eating healthy, having good personal hygiene, maintaining a skincare regimen. These are lifestyle practices that are good for you. Doing them religiously would result in a pleasing appearance and ultimately, an overall positive outlook. Oftentimes, people mistake “feeling good about yourself” as vanity or an unnecessary emotion — it’s not. In fact, it has been mine and my company’s advocacy to change the way we view personal care and overall wellness. As the slogan in our promo video says it, “Loving your skin and loving the body you’re in.”

And what better way to prove this philosophy than by telling my readers about the image and body makeover stories that I’ve been told over the years. Here are some of the inspiring stories that make my job and advocacy totally worth it.

“Loving your skin”

The quote, “Aging is a fact, looking your age is not,” can never be so far from the truth in lives of Cel Santos and Lynn Bautista, both loyal clients of Image Spa MD. Cel and Lynn are in their 40s but they look 20 years younger, thanks to making skincare a part of their routine.

“I’ve been a client for four years and the monthly facial treatments keep my skin clear smooth and soft and the skin tightening treatment keeps me looking young,” Cel shares.

Lynn talked about redeeming one’s self-esteem and how “feeling good about herself” made a difference in her life. There was a point where she felt fat and “unpretty.” She started weight management through slim shots (intramuscular injectable that contains Human Chorionic Gonadotropin designed for healthy weight loss) and lost 10 pounds. After that, she tried the skin tightening treatment which reduced skin “puffiness” and her “double chin.” She now regained her self-confidence and is thankful that she made the right decision to achieve her ideal weight and love the face she sees in the mirror every day.

“Loving the body you’re in”

Life and science agree that mothers are among the toughest people in this world. Don’t even get me started on the fact the childbirth is one, if not, the most painful experiences we endured and survived. Being a mom is a 24/7 job and with it comes all the challenges that we face daily. So if there’s another thing mothers have in common; it is that we don’t back away from a challenge. Rachel Donaire, Haydee Abrahan, and Charina Vergara are three of the toughest moms — who have overcome challenges — I have the honor of knowing. They’ve proven that being a mom shouldn’t stop you from wanting to feel good about yourself. In fact, it should motivate you to take care of your body.

All three of them went through the 20/60 challenge (to lose 20 pounds in 60 days) and succeeded with flying colors and fitted clothes!

Charina (a marketing executive and mom of two) dropped four sizes down from a size 10 to a size 2. Haydee, a photographer, is great behind the camera and now even looks amazing in front of it, due to her incredible transformation from a size 10 to a size 4. Just like Charina, she’s been maintaining the same weight for two years now. Rachel, a professional athlete and wife of world-boxing champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, swears by Slim Shots as the cause of her gorgeous makeover. Her initial goal was to get back to her to her pre-pregnancy weight which is 120 pounds, yet she ended up being even lighter than she’s ever been her whole life: from 120 down to 109 pounds – a size that’s perfect for her built and active lifestyle.

“Real men take care of their health”

Are medical and body spas only for women? NO, according to these heterosexual men who believe that real men should not feel any less of a man for being conscious of their health and appearance, instead feel manlier for being on top of their overall wellness.

Meet Arvin Mendoza. He won facial treatment gift certificates from Image Spa MD. He decided to give it a try and he never looked back. He also takes glutathione shots that help boost his metabolism and energy.

“Aside from wanting to feel better, I also want to make sure that I look equally young-looking as my wife,” Arvin says.

Richard Maghanoy, my husband and the COO of Image Body Spa, also swears by these facial and skin tightening treatments as the source of his youthful glow.

“Men should do this, not just women. Growing older is inevitable but looking good is in our control,” he says.

Richard turned 50 this month and does not look a day over 40.

I find it awe-inspiring whenever I see people embracing health and wellness and making aging gracefully something to look forward to.

(If you want to hear more stories – or even better, try these treatments yourself, visit Image Spa MD for a consultation).


Imee is an established aesthetician, a business owner and a managing partner for Image Spa MD and CEO of Image Body SPA. She has a degree in Biology and Doctor of Dental Medicine. Image Spa is now one of the most reputable medical spa facilities in LA and has branches in Rancho Cucamonga and Encinitas for Image SPA MD and Image Body SPA-West Hollywood. Imee has been in the aesthetics industry for over 20 years.


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