MAKE ME HEAL EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!
For 36 years, swimming legend Mark Spitz held the record for winning the most gold medals in one Olympics. Although Michael Phelps may have eclipsed this record in the Beijing Olympics this year, Mark Spitz remains a timeless inspiration. Putting the medals aside, Make Me Heal interviewed Mark about his experience with plastic surgery. Using cosmetic enhancements procedures and specifically dermal fillers like Botox is part of Mark’s multi-dimensional approach to being and living his personal best. He has been so pleased with how Botox has been able to eradicate his wrinkles and his former “angry” and “perplexed” look that he wanted to get the message out to other men and people that cosmetic procedures are not only ok, but can be a great addition to one’s overall life regimen to feeling and looking your best.
Make Me Heal: You just wrote your memoir, The Extraordinary Life of An Olympic Champion. What do you think is the most important message someone can get out of reading your life story?
Mark Spitz: Dream your dream and take one day at a time. Destiny is not a matter of chance; it’s a matter of choice.
Make Me Heal: You’re in great shape. What does your exercise routine consist of?
Mark Spitz: I swim in a master swim-coached workout program. I do it first thing in morning; I’m there by 5:45 and home by 7:15, so by 8 o’clock, I’m ready to rock and roll.
Make Me Heal: You’ve held the world record for most gold medals in an Olympics event for 36 years. How has it felt to have this extraordinary record be untouched for 3 decades by any other athlete?
Mark Spitz: To have my record hold strong for 36 years is something I never expected. It’s pretty amazing and something I’ll have for the rest of my life.
Make Me Heal: Do you still compete in swimming events or keep up with the swimming world as an athlete or recreationally?
Mark Spitz: I don’t swim competitively, but I swim in a master swim-coached workout program. I certainly keep up with the swimming world and enjoyed watching all the competition in Beijing this summer.
Make Me Heal: What achievements in your personal life match winning all those medals?
Mark Spitz: There’s nothing more important or fulfilling to me than my wife and two sons.
Make Me Heal: How do you feel about passing the torch to Michael Phelps who just broke the record?
Mark Spitz: I’m honored to be passing the torch to Michael. I really take my hat off to his concentration over the past couple of years. To stay focused for four years and master it with all of the pressure he’s had, is just remarkable. He’s proven himself to be one of the greatest Olympic athletes of all time.
Make Me Heal: Turning to your skincare routine, what is your daily regimen and how do you protect your skin and keep it youthful?
Mark Spitz: My skincare routine is pretty simple. I wear sunscreen, especially when I’m swimming outdoors. Otherwise, I’m your typical guy that uses whatever products my wife has in the house.
Make Me Heal: It’s really impressive that you’re open to talking about your experience with cosmetic procedures. How did you decide to become a spokesperson for the Botox Your Personal Best educational campaign?
Mark Spitz: I’m really happy with the results I have seen with BOTOX Cosmetic and I wanted to share the positive experience I’ve had with other men and let them know it’s okay to talk about this. I also saw it as a chance to educate people about the product because education leads to informed choices.
Make Me Heal: When did you first get the idea to have Botox injections?
Mark Spitz: As a financial advisor and motivational speaker, my facial expression is a very important part of my message. When I am serious, my ’11′ – those stubborn frown lines between the brow — makes me look angry and unapproachable rather than congenial. I knew I had to do something about it, but for a long time, I just didn’t know what my options were. Then I heard about BOTOX Cosmetic and spoke to my wife about it. She encouraged me to see a great doctor who answered all my questions.
Make Me Heal: What were your motivations behind your decision to have Botox?
Mark Spitz: My motivations were varied. I wasn’t trying to look younger or different; I just wanted my face to portray how good I was feeling inside instead of telling the world that I was perplexed or angry all the time. As a financial advisor and motivational speaker, my facial expression is a very important part of my message. It was also very important for me to still look like me, which is why BOTOX Cosmetic was the right treatment for me.
Make Me Heal: How did you research skin rejuvenation procedures and come to decide on having dermal injections such as Botox in particular.
Mark Spitz: Information about BOTOX Cosmetic is everywhere and it’s easy to be confused by all the mixed messages depending on the source. After discussing the treatment with my wife, I made an appointment with a physician to answer my questions. He talked me through the procedure, including how quickly the results would show up and how long they would last. We also discussed the science behind the treatment and the long safety heritage of BOTOX Cosmetic; I felt confident with a product that has been used safely for over a decade. At the end of our conversation I felt very comfortable with the idea of BOTOX Cosmetic because it’s a non-invasive, safe procedure that could be done in my doctor’s office in minutes.
Make Me Heal: When did you have Botox done, how much was injected, and what facial areas were treated?
Mark Spitz: I had my first BOTOX Cosmetic treatment earlier this year. My doctor used it to get rid of the 2 deep lines between my eyebrows, otherwise known as “the 11″.
Make Me Heal: How long have the results lasted for you?
Mark Spitz: It’s been quite a few months now since my last treatment and I’m still enjoying the results! I’ve had a number of friends tell me I look more relaxed and vibrant!
Make Me Heal: How happy are you with the results?
Mark Spitz: I’m very happy with the results! BOTOX Cosmetic didn’t change the way I looked, it simply helped to relax the muscle between the brow and diminish the appearance of those vertical frown lines.
Make Me Heal: Have you gone back since the first time you had Botox for additional sessions?
Mark Spitz: Yes it’s now a part of my overall grooming routine. I go about every four months or so.
Make Me Heal: What has been the reaction of loved ones and friends?
Mark Spitz: People have noticed that I look different but can’t put their finger on what’s changed. They say I look more relaxed and more vibrant. In fact, my mother-in-law said the other day, “Mark Spitz when I used to see you, you always had a perplexed look on your face, like you were concentrating really hard even when you were relaxing. You don’t have that same look anymore. You now look vibrant!” What better complement can you get from your mother-in-law? I’m open with people that I’ve had BOTOX Cosmetic because I know I’m among a number of men that use it.
Make Me Heal: Do you have any other friends from the sports world who since seeing your results decided to get Botox or similar injections done?
Mark Spitz: People have been very positive about my results; although no one has told me they have gotten or are planning to get BOTOX Cosmetic because of my results…at least not yet!
Make Me Heal: Who was your doctor or specialist and how did you come to choose him/her
Mark Spitz: Dr. Derek Jones in Beverly Hills performed the treatment.
Make Me Heal: Did you have any role in deciding whether Botox or another dermal filler should be used?
Mark Spitz: I had a thorough conversation with my doctor about the results I wanted to achieve and agreed with his recommendation of being treated with BOTOX Cosmetic to help me get there.
Make Me Heal: Did you prepare for the procedure in any special way?
Mark Spitz: I didn’t have to prepare for the procedure in anyway. The only difference was that I couldn’t use swimming goggles 12 hours after my treatment, which I wasn’t planning on doing anyway.
Make Me Heal: How were you feeling the night before the procedure and on the moments before the surgery itself?
Mark Spitz: I was excited about finally getting rid of the deep frown lines between my brow and hopeful that I would get the results I wanted, which I did.
Make Me Heal: How was the recovery process like, if any?
Mark Spitz: There wasn’t a recovery process – the procedure was quick, painless and easy.
Make Me Heal: What there any pain or discomfort during and after the procedure?
Mark Spitz: My doctor completely numbed the injection site, so I didn’t feel any pain either during or after the procedure.
Make Me Heal: How do you feel about plastic surgery and beauty enhancement treatments?
Mark Spitz: I know I’m among a number of men that use BOTOX. My doctor let me know that more than one million non-surgical procedures, including BOTOX, were performed on men last year. I am not alone in wanting to do this for myself.
Make Me Heal: Has your makeover impacted your life in any way from personal, social, career, and other respects? Do you feel any different about yourself?
Mark Spitz: BOTOX has helped me feel more positive about the way I look and feel. When you’re confident, you feel better and you attract people that are positive around you. It’s a contagious emotion.
Make Me Heal: In your Personal Best Campaign, you emphasize how achieving your best means feeling great about your whole self. How do you keep yourself mentally youthful?
Mark Spitz: I eat right, exercise and take care of my body and skin. I spend time with my sons and try to enjoy life with my wife. As part of the Your Personal Best campaign, Nadia Comaneci and I are motivating people to define what their “personal best” is and then put together a plan to help achieve it. It’s not necessarily about going to the Olympics, but it’s about doing something for yourself so that when you get up in the morning you can say, ‘Hey, let me try to do something that’s better, one step ahead of where I may have been yesterday.’
Make Me Heal: What is your final word of advice to other people considering Botox?
Mark Spitz: If you’re considering the treatment be sure to go to a trained and licensed aesthetic-specialty physician and ask lots of questions as its essential to achieving the results you desire.