I'm happy and more comfortable in my skin than ever
Mary Hardy, 52, lives in Glossop, Derbyshire, with her salesman husband, Paul, 55. She's never had plastic surgery
"If you wake up after surgery with the face of a 20-year-old, where does it stop?
After your boobs have been lifted back up to where they were 30 years ago? When your lips are fuller and your bottom peachier? Before you know it you will look like the Bride of Wildenstein.
What's wrong with growing old gracefully? The lines around my eyes come from years of laughter. And the stretchmarks on my tummy are the result of my two beautiful sons.
I'm happy, healthy and, in my 50s, more comfortable in my skin than ever. Why would I want to risk that to make my face smoother but blanker and my body a bit perkier?
I am a 52-year-old woman and nothing's going to change that.
I admit I like to look good, but I believe you put in to get out. I go to the gym three times a week and I'm training for a 10K race. I believe being outdoors is good for the mind, body and soul and that shows in your face.
I love gardening and I walk a lot.
And I've always been careful about what I eat. I've never dieted and have remained fairly constant at around 9st, which is fine for my 5ft 7in frame. I don't obsess about weight, I go by how my size 10/12 clothes feel.
I think yo-yo dieting is the worst thing you can do to your body. I have everything in moderation. I love chocolate, bread and cheese but don't over-indulge. I don't drink much and gave up smoking years ago.
My body and face aren't perfect but they're mine and they work. My boobs are lower than they used to be and my waist thicker, but I wear a bikini that covers my stretch marks and hold my shoulders back so my tummy looks tighter and my bottom higher. If you look confident, you look good.
I don't use fancy products either and the old tricks are still the best.
A bit of Johnson's baby oil when the skin is damp works wonders.
And I make the best of myself.
I always do my hair and make-up and keep an eye on fashions.
It can be a bit offputting when you see the likes of Madonna, who's only a couple of years younger than me, looking half my age.
But you have to be realistic.
Not only has she probably had lots of work done, but she has the time to exercise endlessly and an army of other staff to tend to her. And that's before she's been airbrushed - but even then you can still see her wrinkly hands!
And that's my whole point.
Being nipped, tucked and de-aged in one area is fine but somewhere else, your age is on display.
Hands are a giveaway as is the neck. How often do you see celebrities with a tight face, boobs just under their chin and skinny hips but a crepey neck?
I'm not totally against surgery. My friend is tiny but had very large breasts. She had them reduced and I can totally understand that.
I just don't understand why anyone would go under the knife - which is never risk-free - because they've abused their bodies over the years or because they can't deal with growing older.
And so often you read about it going wrong. I wouldn't take that chance.
My face wrinkles when I frown and I might need a firmer bra and more moisturizer now but I'll take that - and all that's to come - over surgery and injections any day."
I never imagined that I would ever lose my looks
Libby Babbage, 57, lives in Luton with husband John, 61. She's had almost £25,000 of plastic surgery and says she'll have more...
"I was confident about my body in my 20s and with good reason. I was slim with a curvaceous 36C bust and worked as a part-time model and Playboy bunny.
I didn't worry about losing my looks. I never thought about my skin sagging or my breasts heading south - I just never imagined it would happen. Six months after marrying John I became an air hostess.
Then, eight years later, I became pregnant and gave up flying.
Free of the pressures from work to stay slim, I indulged in all my favourite treats. My waist expanded and a string of yo-yo diets had an adverse effect on my figure.
In my mid-40s I was left with saggy jowls and droopy breasts. I didn't turn heads any more, men stopped whistling at me in the street and I no longer felt attractive.
I got talking to a friend who'd had a facelift and decided I wanted surgery.
John and I looked in to it and decided to set up our own cosmetic surgery company Europa International, in Prague, where surgery is cheaper.
Once the company was set up in 1997, I had a face and necklift costing £2,500, aged 47.
The results were life-changing. I felt like I had rolled back 20 years and having a smooth neck and tighter skin made me feel like the old Libby I knew and loved.
After recovering fully from the facelift, I underwent surgery to uplift my right breast and remodel my left one, which was bigger.
It cost £3,000, and was worth every penny.
After the operation my saggy breasts had been replaced with two firm ones.
I felt young again and couldn't wait to show them off in figurehugging outfits.
Two years later I completed my overhaul by having the baggy skin removed from my eyes. I felt like I had turned the clock back.
And people guessed my age as years younger than I really was.
Last year, 10 years since my last bout of surgery, I decided it was time to make some more improvements. I realised time was once again catching up with me and I wasn't prepared to let my looks slide, knowing it was so easy to do something about it.
I had a tummy tuck and liposuction, taking me from a size 10-12 to a very trim size six.
A month later I had liposuction in my thighs, losing four inches from each one.
Then I had an upper-arm lift to get rid of my bingo wings, followed by liposuction in my inner thighs.
I don't agree that ageing and losing good looks is something anyone has to resign themselves to. I'm not prepared to grow old without putting up a fight. I've always taken pride in my looks. Why should I look my age when I can look 20 years younger?
I am really happy with the way I look now and have no regrets at all about having so much cosmetic surgery.
It has changed my life for the better and enabled me to carry on enjoying my looks, instead of just feeling frumpy and middle-aged.
Thanks to the surgery I still have an exuberance and zest for life that comes from looking and feeling great.
I will carry on having surgery whenever I want to improve on my looks in the future and I know I won't stop until the day I die."
COSMETIC SURGERY: THE FACTS
The number of people having cosmetic surgery is rising all the time, with 32,453 procedures carried out last year by members of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). That's up more than 12 per cent on 2006 and facelifts alone have gone up 36 per cent.
Women had almost 30,000 surgeries while men had almost 3,000.
And getting bigger boobs is still the most popular procedure for women, followed by eyelid surgery, liposuction then face and neck lift.
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It is not a secret that the standards of beauty nowadays are rather strict and demanding. No matter what combatants against discrimination say, appearances that match the existing beauty standards remain one of the crucial characteristics of a modern individual. People who are discontent with their appearances have different ways of improving the way they look, such as makeup, clothes, or being in harmony with themselves. However, there is a more radical alternative, which is effective in terms of changing the way a person looks like, but is highly debated and should be abstained from in the majority of cases: plastic surgery.
The foremost reason for not getting plastic surgery is that this procedure can become highly addictive (Huffington Post). Although a person might think they would do a single improvement, the temptation to keep “adjusting” one’s appearance can become overwhelming and lead to unpredictable and often sad results. The best examples of this are women like Cindy Jackson (who got 55 plastic surgeries, which is a world record), or Jocelyn Wildenstein, who is rumored to have spent about 4 million dollars on plastic surgeries. The
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