Cosmetic surgery: credit crunch style

Like a lot of people, the credit crunch has really forced me to change certain aspects of my lifestyle. For instance, instead of turning on the heating in my flat when I'm a bit cold, I put on an extra jumper instead. The dusty old bike sitting in the shed has made a definite comeback on my local streets - leg power is cheaper than petrol (and better for me)!

But if there's one thing I haven't stopped doing, it's looking in the mirror each morning (and afternoon, and evening!) to make sure that I look as good as I can be because, let's face it, when you're feeling down, being pleased with your appearance can make a real difference.

Even though you might want to turn to cosmetic surgery more than ever to boost your confidence, it's likely that those pesky money troubles are rearing their ugly head - and it doesn't take a genius to figure out that paying your mortgage is more important than a boob job! But, if anything flourishes during a recession, it's people's creativity - so it's no surprise that research in the Unites States has found that non-invasive procedures, like Botox and dermal fillers, have enjoyed a surge in popularity since March this year.

Non-surgical procedures are attractive to those feeling the pinch for a number of reasons - mainly because they're cheaper! For instance, if you've been saving for a facelift, but find the money is needed elsewhere, a skin peel or a few wrinkle-relaxing injections could keep you going until you're able to afford what you really want.

A close relative of mine went through this process recently - it's done wonders for her happiness and really lifted the mood at family dinnertime. After all, why should we have one more thing to feel bad about? And when the economy lifts itself out of the current bust - which it inevitably will - you'll finally be able to give your bust a little lift of its own without worrying about the bills!