Wednesday, 9 November 2011

My (First) Twenty-Five Years of Cosmetic Surgery, Part 1

Back in the Eighties: People warned me then
that "everything might fall apart in 20 years!"
Today:  I was also warned that my face 
"might not work in 20 years." They were wrong!

With my entry in the 2012 edition of the Guinness Book of Records, I will have officially held the world record (since I set it in 2000) for 13 years, which is probably a record in itself! However, the year 2012 also represents another landmark for me; I first started having cosmetic surgery 25 years before - when Ronald Reagan was the U.S. President, Belinda Carlisle sang "Heaven is a Place on Earth," the American TV show Dallas inspired us to wear big hair & shoulder pads, Dirty Dancing was a box-office hit, Princess Diana famously hugged an Aids sufferer, mobile (or cell) phones were unheard of and the internet as we know it did not yet exist.

The world has changed beyond recognition since then, and so have I. The past 25 years have also seen profound changes in cosmetic surgery and anti-ageing. Therefore in the coming months I will be interspersing my regular blog posts with a special 25 part series writing about these changes.

Part 1. The World Wide Web: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

THE GOOD: Back in the eighties it was extremely difficult to get information about cosmetic surgery, but these days we can type the name of any surgeon or procedure into a search engine and receive a flurry of data in a fraction of a second.  It's easy to check qualifications, see before and after pictures, compare prices, and read in-depth details of new treatments written by practitioners, technicians and product manufacturers. It could even be argued that it has got to the point where is so much information online (and more being added every minute) that it's even harder to choose what to have done and by whom.

The internet has become an indispensable research and communication tool for those of us interested in anti-ageing and cosmetic surgery. However, I have never chosen a single procedure or medical professional from the internet. Instead I continue to get the facts directly from fellow patients, doctors and professional colleagues, then use Google to get all the in-depth information from credible online resources.

THE BAD: Unfortunately, along with identity theft and scam web sites, other dangers lurk online. I've heard from quite a few devastated patients who were led down the wrong road on the information highway by online cosmetic surgery forums whose purpose is to persuade unsuspecting web surfers to go to (or not to go to) certain surgeons or to have specific treatments, normally while claiming to be independent. They contain a lot of misleading posts made by anonymous characters using pseudonyms, and the faceless moderators do not allow posts that do not conform to their agenda. Someone has to be financing these costly forums and paying full-time moderators, but the owners tend to be extremely guarded about their real identity. (Personally, if I am going to take cosmetic surgery advice from someone, I need to know what they look like!)

 Beware of known unreliable web sites. Contrary to Wikipedia's announcement of my death in 2009, I'm still very much on the cosmetic surgery and anti-ageing scene after 25 years. Here's to the next 25!

It was just like being in that Bruce Willis movie "Sixth Sense."  I was dead and didn't know it!



  2. Lol at the first comment. What's so great about your transformation is not only do you look aesthetically better but your skin physically looks young and smooth, not pulled or tight. A clean vegetarian diet, sun protection, plenty of water and careful & calculating procedures have created a fantastic result. Good health will only prolong this =)

  3. Cindy, you are so right about cosmetic surgery forums. Thank you for warning others about them. My mum had a disastrous experience after taking advice that almost amounted to bullying on They should all be named and shamed. Or even better, shut down for good.

  4. Cindy,
    You are as wise as your are beautiful. The advice you are giving is just what women need to hear. Most women do want to look more youthful, but it rarely comes at a bargain, where surgery and injectibles are involved.


  5. Hello Cindy, hope your Chistmas is HIGHLY SMILEY and VERY Merry!