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There are as many ways to slow the clock as there are people seeking protracted youth. Here, a road map to immortality with ponderings, procedures, payments, pastes, and some of the city's key practitioners making artistry out of our appearance. Paging Dr. Feelgood: Some musings from the city's best surgeons From a Twenty-Something When you're just starting out, says Stacey McLachlan (age 27), is the most pressing time to put your best face forward. From a Forty-Something If these little grooves and tiny sags are marks of a life well lived, asks Amanda Ross (age 43), why does it feel like I'm wearing someone else's face? From a Sixty-Something You and the mirror have agreed to disagree. What now? There’s no point feeling down, says Michelle Patterson (age 67). Just get the work done.