• Wed, Sep 2 2009

HBO Documentary: Youth Knows No Pain

YouthKnowsNoPainI am no stranger to cosmetic procedres (I had botox last year…) and I think to each his own when it comes to elective surgeries/procedures.  Unfortunately, not all women feel that way, we live in a culture where youth is preferred to aging gracefully.  From elective cosmetic surgeries to toxic injections to expensive creams, America’s anti-aging business is a $60 billion a year enterprise that caters to and fuels the fear of growing old. As the daughter of a plastic surgeon, Mitch McCabe has long been intrigued by the extreme measures people take to maintain the appearance of youth. Debuting this past Monday, Aug. 31 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), the exclusive HBO documentary Youth Knows No Pain is her funny and troubling portrait of a country desperate to stay forever young.

HBO Documentary Films presents another weekly series this summer, featuring a provocative new special every Monday night at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) through Sept. 7. Other August presentations include: “Boy Interrupted” (Aug. 3); “The Nine Lives of Marion Barry” (Aug. 10); “Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi” (Aug. 17); and “Which Way Home” (Aug. 24).

Mitch McCabe spent two years traveling the country to visit doctors, experts and anti-aging enthusiasts, interviewing hundreds of men and women ranging in age from 18 to 93 for Youth Knows No Pain. In the process, her own opposition to “beating the clock” began to weaken.

Interwoven with the stories of others are McCabe’s reflections on her own life and on her father, whose life was cut tragically short in a car accident. A Vietnam War trauma surgeon turned small-town plastic surgeon who specialized in reconstructive surgery, he began practicing cosmetic surgery as the demand grew.

Featured interview subjects in Youth Knows No Pain include:

  • Sherry Mecom – This Dallas housewife in her 50s spent $35,000 in one year on plastic surgery. Having grown up poor as one of ten children, she now relates money to happiness.
  • Norman Deesing – Also in his 50s, the California native is a public school art teacher who underwent $50,000 worth of cosmetic surgery and now moonlights as a Jack Nicholson impersonator.
  • Julia Allison – The 27-year-old New Yorker is a self-made internet celebrity who lives her life as an open book. McCabe tags along with the social media maven as she and a friend receive Botox injections.
  • Gary Baldassarre – A former Brooklyn native now living in LA, the 45-year-old elects to have a bloody eight-hour operation to regain the hair of his youth and keep up with his successful wife.
  • Dr. Franklin Rose – This successful Houston plastic surgeon runs a “med-spa” with his wife and daughter, where clients can undergo anti-aging procedures that do not involve a knife.
  • Erica Rose – Like Mitch McCabe, Rose also grew up with a plastic-surgeon father, but is much more a product of the industry than she is, embracing opportunities to show off her beauty before the camera.
  • Lyndsay Bertie – This 30-year-old Minnesota sales rep hosts parties to promote an anti-aging device.

If you missed it, I would definitely check it out…it airs again on the dates/times below.

HBO playdates: Sept. 6 (11:30 a.m.), 8 (12:35 a.m.), 12 (3:00 p.m.), 14 (11:30 a.m.) and 23 (1:30 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Sept. 2 (8:00 p.m.), 10 (6:30 p.m.), 15 (4:30 a.m.), 21 (9:00 a.m.) and 27 (1:30 p.m.)

Image:  HBO Films

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