The lines and folds of your mother’s ap­pear­ance re­veal your own fu­ture – but is there a way to es­cape your ge­netic code? By Hannah Betts.

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ome­where in a tan­gle of fairy tale and DNA there lies an im­mutable truth: some day, we will peer into a look­ing­glass and our mother will gaze back. For me, this was a painful as­pect of my thir­ties, when my mother re­solved upon a 10-year sep­a­ra­tion from me, yet I was daily haunted by the ar­chi­tec­ture of pal­lor, nose, and cheek­bone; her face in my face a lac­er­at­ing ab­sent pres­ence. In time, it comes to us all. Moth­ers: can’t live with ’em, can’t live with­out be­com­ing ’em, in com­plex­ion no less than be­hav­iour.

Dr. Michael Prager – beget­ter of nat­u­ral-look­ing face fix­ing, posses­sor of a re­as­sur­ingly real yet nip­per­ish com­plex­ion – is acquainted with the phe­nom­e­non. Pa­tients will bring im­ages of their moth­ers, or even said ma­tri­archs them­selves, to il­lus­trate what they want to avoid. “It’s ex­or­cism,” he quips, “tak­ing the mother out of the daugh­ter.”

Sun, smok­ing, stress, diet, and al­co­hol put their de­struc­tive mark on our in­her­ited fea­tures. Nev­er­the­less, the foun­da­tion of our age­ing is na­ture rather than nur­ture. This is ev­i­denced not merely in, say, the dry­ness that might tend to­wards wrin­kles, or pal­lor to pro­voke pig­men­ta­tion, but in in­her­ited face shape. Prager has an un­ri­valled eye for the face’s struc­ture. His ‘Prager lift’ is minutely tai­lored, leav­ing move­ment and the odd line (af­ter all, even six-years-olds have wrin­kles).

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