Ageing…it’s the one thing we ALL have in common isn’t it? We are all getting older with every passing day and I imagine most of us have considered how we will handle our ageing bodies?
There has been a lot of chat in the press this week regarding a few of our National Treasures appearing to have had rather a lot of work done. Now, whether you are in favour of the so-called ‘frozen’ look or not, it is an issue us women have to think about as we journey through life. Will we conform to the pressure from society to stay wrinkle free and smooth or will we embrace our own individual ageing process and instead chase after the very best version of ‘ourselves’ – the onus here being on the word ‘ourself’!
Our fabulous voice of wisdom and fitness expert to the stars Irene Estry (who is really leading the way when it comes to growing older gracefully) told us,
“In my humble opinion we shouldn’t be trying to look more like our ‘old selves’ but rather try our hardest to embrace the new look Mother Nature has awarded us (and growing old really is an award), and support the beauty we still have with great living and exercise. Facial exercises are a great way of keeping the muscle tone in the face and I will come back with more advice on that soon but as we age the collagen in our skin diminishes and that’s just a natural effect of time – it shouldn’t be so feared. Plumped up isn’t always the best look – ageing skin can look fabulous if it’s radiant, glowing and best of all worn with a smile and a twinkle in the eyes!”
There’s no doubt that women who go under the knife or for regular cosmetic enhancements do all start to look very similar – it’s the shiny tautness and plumped up pillow cheeks that are the tell-tale signs. But at what point did society start expecting 60 year olds to look like (slightly strange) 30 year olds?
Now, to me all this judging of women’s appearance is not in the spirit of sisterhood – but – we are amongst friends here and for research purposes (and so we can all make our own decisions on how we will go) let’s have a look at which of our favourite celebrities are getting it right and who is heading down the wrong path?
Carol Vorderman has been hugely criticised this week for her frozen and plumped face and yet at the same time applauded for looking so fabulous in a swimsuit!
Adam Williams from Adam Williams Aesthetics told us “There is no doubt that Carol’s wrinkles have been kept at bay with Botox and that fillers have been used to maintain the plump appearance. Right now I think she looks great but she is perhaps heading down a slippery path and shouldn’t go any further. Maintenance from this point would be my advice.
Amanda Holden is another example of someone doing it badly and lying about too – her frozen look and oversized lips look very unnatural, and can actually make her look older than she is – less is always more.”
Anneka Rice also received a lot of shocked social media attention following her breakfast TV appearance last week with many saying her face was completely frozen from the mouth up and some said they couldn’t focus on the topic being discussed because her look was so distracting!
Adam also told us the celebs he thinks are doing it right…
“Kylie Minogue is a great example of someone doing it very well, she went through a phase of having too much done but she has cut right down and has a more subtle level of work now, she tends to increase the work done just before touring but still looks more natural and graceful than she has done previously. ”
Adam’s advice for anyone considering cosmetic treatments for the first time is:
- Find someone fully qualified who has a good reputation – look at reviews online, especially Facebook.
- Check out their ‘before and after’ pictures and ask them lots of questions on the phone or by email.
- If someone is reluctant to discuss and answer your questions walk away – good practitioners including myself, actually enjoy answering technical and medical questions as it keeps us on our toes and if you are knowledgeable and experienced then this is nothing to worry about.
- It sounds a bit odd, but if the practitioner themselves looks ‘overdone’ or odd from their own work then you have to question what sort of ‘eye’ they have for you – is their ‘normal standard’ different because they don’t have an effective insight into their own appearance?
- Never ever go to someone based on cost. It’s worth paying a little extra to get a great result than to go on a bargain hunt and end up with a mess. Always check prices but don’t go for the cheapest – you could end up with a bad result – if it sounds too cheap to be true then it probably is.
- And finally, never, ever go to anyone other than a qualified doctor or nurse. Check their qualifications (any good nurse or doctor would be more than happy to give you their unique registration PIN number which you can easily check online on the GMC (for doctors) or the NMC (for nurses) websites and it will tell you if they are qualified and that they are currently registered. This gives you far more options if something were to go wrong. If you went to a beauty therapist and there was a problem there is nobody you could complain to and would have to seek redress in a civil court which would be very expensive.
Overall principles are that you should never feel pressured into a treatment, a good practitioner should always offer you a period of time to think about going ahead with anything rather than being pushy. And I would always advocate that ‘less is more’. It’s your face, the main way we communicate with people, and you want something subtle that you can notice but not be pointed out on the street!
A good practitioner will work with you to gradually get the results you’re looking for and will actually refuse treatments if they won’t work for you rather than just take your money as a quick buck. And finally, make sure there is aftercare. I always offer clients a 2 week post treatment review to ensure everything is settled and that the client is happy. Whilst this costs more in terms of time etc. I believe it is vital to make sure the client is happy and is always worth it. This is the reason why my very large client base have stuck with me for over 6 years now and many practitioners only want to see someone once then never again – you need to ask why this might be the case!
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