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By Kimberly McDonald

Peter Pan Syndrome is a pop psychology term coined in reference to a J.M. Barrie character who refuses to grow up. We smarmily use the phrase as a euphemism for someone who avoids aging. In the book, Peter Pan is befriended by Wendy, Michael and John and they battle pirates in Neverland–and are tempted to join Peter in his quest for eternal youth. Today, in Manhattan, Wendy exists. That’s right, she’s for real!

Wendy Lewis is the consultant for cosmetic surgery procedures at the Georgette Klinger Salon, located at 501 Madison Avenue (between 52nd and 53rd Streets). Lewis has been with the salon for over 7 years, helping clients to evaluate their cosmetic surgery ‘wish lists’ and using her vast knowledge and contact list to direct patients to the right doctors and facilities.

Wendy offers more than a whispered tip at lunch with a girlfriend. She has worked with some of the best and brightest in the cosmetic surgery field and has first hand knowledge of their signature work. For example, she can direct a client to the hottest surgeons in Brazil, where she professes you’ll find the very best body work. She will tell you that currently the best breast work is being done in Europe, where they have a new type of Silicone gel implant that is formed with a thick cohesive gel. Lewis likens to molded Jell-O… it feels natural and if any injury should happen to the implant, because it is a solid, there is a near zero chance of leakage.

During my talk with Wendy, I learned that many British go to South Africa, where the price/quality ratio is, in her opinion, one of the best. She explains that in Paris you can get great work, but like the US, it’s rather expensive. She also let me in on the fact that there are about 75 ‘fillers’ (for lips, lines, furrowed brows, etc) in use in Europe–and that only about five of them will ever make it past the United States’ FDA.

Wendy’s experience comes from years of working with doctors and patients around the globe. She sees clients in Palm Beach once a month and in London every 6-8 weeks. Her services are absolutely confidential and her fee is modest, considering the wealth of information she brings to the table.

Lewis told me that often clients come in with a laundry list of things they’d like to change. Her first order of business is to assess their goals and make sure that their expectations are realistic. She can also recommend procedures that some clients are not even aware of, often heading off larger scale operations. Additionally, she serves as a veritable fountain of information on topics such as skin care, products, hairstylists, estheticians and makeup artists. She has fabulous tips on anti-aging products and procedures, too. Her access to the beauty industry is virtually unparalleled.

To quote Barrie’s novel, “All children, except one, grow up.” Only with Wendy on your side, you don’t have to look like it!

To contact Wendy Lewis, or make an appointment at the GK Salon and Spa, call (212) 838-3200; or email her at WLBeauty@AOL.com . To read more about her services, check out www.WLBeauty.com.

Originally published January 2005
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