THE FACELIFT DIARIES
Four stories of going under the knife
Sunday Telegraph 24th January 2010, STELLA Magazine
Debra Davies 55, from Ipswich, is single and until recently ran a catering company. She had a £12,000 facelift and an upper- and lower-eyelid lift with Prof Laurence Kirwan in London
Before I’m very happy and very single. I get a fair amount of attention from men because I’m confident in my own skin. Four friends have had procedures with Laurence and look great ‘ not different, just fresher. You have to totally trust the person working on your face and I always wanted mine done by Laurence.
I don’t want it to look obvious or scary, just as if I’ve had a good night’s sleep. I still want to look like me. I’ve never had any Botox or fillers. I’d hate anyone to think I’m super-vain ‘ I’m not; I’m very ordinary. People tell me, ‘You look great as you are,’ but I could look nicer. If you looked at me full on, you’d think, ‘You’re crazy for having a facelift,’ but my profile is a different story. Sometimes you catch a glimpse of yourself in a shop window and it shocks you. I shall be petrified on the day of surgery by the sheer fact I’m in someone’s hands having an unwarranted procedure. My reality check is that once this is over I’ll walk away and leave it alone. In 10 years when I’m 65 I’ll have come to terms with the ageing process and I’ll be more worried about tending my begonias. But 55 is the new 45. After The morning of the operation I decided I wasn’t going to have the chin implant I’d initially planned to have as well ‘ I thought it might change the character of my face.
I only had to stay in hospital overnight, and was out the next morning bandaged all around my head but absolutely tickety-boo. Three days after surgery I went back to London to have the stitches taken out of my eyes, and as the big bandage came off I was smiling; I could see it was going to be good. I’ve dyed my hair and bobbed it and as a result I feel I look like a different person. When you’re single you don’t know what’s around the corner. I’ve sold my business and this is a new chapter for me. But my personality hasn’t changed, and nor has the amount of attention
I get from men. Like any woman my age I have up and down days, but I’m happy where I’m at. You have to work on the whole package, not just your face. Hardly anyone has noticed any change in my face, and that’s how I wanted it. People, especially guys, have said, ‘You look great, but you were fine before,’ and I agree. I was bien dans ma peau before the operation, but now I’m happy with a capital H.