Debate: Would you turn back time when it comes to your looks?

We’re all going to get old, it’s inevitable. But is doing it gracefully a better option than having lots of cosmetic procedures in an to attempt to turn back time? We debate the issue...

Debate: Would you turn back time when it comes to your looks?

Would you turn back time?

Lisa Williams, 40, says we should grow old gracefully

We’re all getting older. Time is passing by so quickly and with it comes those extra lines, grey hairs and pounds that just won’t budge. That’s the same for everyone, but it’s how you choose to deal with it that makes all the difference.

I look at pictures of Madonna, Joan Collins and Sharon Osbourne, to name and shame a few, and it makes me squirm. We all know how old they really are (56, 81, and 62 respectively) so why do they do it? Pulling back their faces, ironing out every single line of expression, looking like an old woman desperate to look younger.

Icons such as Brigitte Bardot, Sigourney Weaver, Meryl Streep and Judi Dench, they are the ultimate grow-old-gracefully ladies. They look their age and they wear it well. A lined face shows a life lived with lots of love and laughter along with a few tears and sadness. Surely it’s how you carry yourself, how you dress and your approach to ageing? If you have enough confidence you will radiate beauty whatever your age.

There’s something real and comforting about an old face. It shows strength, courage and an acceptance of who you are.

I know never say never and all that, but can 100 per cent state I would never have any kind of cosmetic procedure. Not Botox, no chemical peel and absolutely no under-the-knife changes.

First of all, I’d be too scared of the operation. What if it goes wrong? What if I look like a freak? What if I don’t wake up? I think that’s enough ‘what ifs’. 

Secondly, the long-term effects and health implications. I don’t like the idea of injecting a potentially fatal toxin, Botox, into my face, however safe it’s supposed to be. Does anybody really know what the effects of having these procedures are decades down the line? If they do, are they telling us? 

Having unnecessary operations and potentially putting my life at risk going under anaesthetic purely for vanity reasons seems ludicrous. Call me a scaredy cat but I think it’s far braver to let nature take its course.

The stretched, frozen expressionless look these too young faces on old bodies have is freakish, fake and cold. The tell-tale ageing signs of loose folds of skin on the neck, wrinkled hands, and saggy knees, reveal the truth. These surgery celebs all start to look the same with smooth pinched faces, and sculpted features. Soulless, like mannequins.

No, I want my face to tell my story and for people to know how I’m feeling. I’m going to be brave and let nature take its course.

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Lisa Wright, 29, says why not keep yourself looking young?

If you’d have asked me about plastic surgery a few years ago, I’d have told you I’d never get anything done and criticised the vanity of those going under the knife.

But that was then.

And as I’m getting older, I’m starting to have a bit of a change of heart when it comes to my looks.

Now don’t get me wrong, no matter how much I’m dreading my impending 30th birthday, even I know it’s way too early to even consider getting a procedure done.

But as the laughter lines that weren’t there a few years ago have started to surface, and the wrinkles are just that little bit more visible, I can honestly say I’d now never say never when it comes to enhancements.

I’m not that vain – I often come into work with my hair scraped back and not a jot of make up on my face (although I’d never have my picture taken looking like that. No way).

But if I already dye my hair to cover the grey, what’s the difference between that and a bit of Botox?

I mean, if you can have it done on your lunch break, what’s the problem?

OK, it’s slightly more invasive, but the aim is essentially the same as covering your grey isn’t it? To look more youthful.

There are some people who have just gone too far and are too young to be having cosmetic procedures (Heidi Montag, Tara Reid, I’m looking at you).

But if it’s going to make me feel better and I can afford it, I don’t see the problem with a bit of a nip here or a tuck there in a few years’ time.

I can’t say I’d ever fully go under the knife and have a full-on invasive cosmetic procedure on my face, but if everything else does start to go south, I can’t guarantee I wouldn’t be tempted by a boob job or a tummy tuck if it was going to make me feel more comfortable and happier in my own skin. It is my skin after all, so what I choose to do with it should be my business.

I’d like to say I want to grow old gracefully and I don’t want a frozen face or a 20-year-old’s body in my 60s.

But no matter how much we hate it, we live in a society where we are judged on our looks. It’s a reality.

And if it makes me happier in the future to go under the surgeon’s knife to give me a bit more body confidence, then so be it.

Each to their own as far as I’m concerned.

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