10 October 2008

Former 1980s punk singer Toyah Wilcox has come out in support of women who are keen to undergo cosmetic surgery, five years after she underwent a facelift.

The 50-year old star has stated that she wrote her book, Diary of a Facelift, in 2005 in an effort to show women the importance of finding a licensed cosmetic surgery practitioner.

According to The Sun, she said: "Getting a good surgeon took time because back then no one would talk openly about their surgery.

"...The reason I wrote my book, Diary of a Facelift, is that no one would give me good advice and I didn't want other women to end up in the hands of a cowboy."

Toyah went on to reveal that she is now much more content with her appearance since her facelift, adding: "The great thing now is that you don't have to look old at 50, or even 60. Just look at Helen Mirren - she's 62, looks fantastic and shows that you can be sexy at any age."

A facelift is among the most popular anti-ageing surgical solutions, closely followed by eye bag removal (blepharoplasty). Botox and other wrinkle relaxing injections are also rapidly gaining in popularity as a method of creating the appearance of a younger visage.

Toyah recently featured in an ITV programme on cosmetic surgery hosted by Leslie Ash, who famously underwent an operation to plump up her lips - usually carried out through the use of dermal fillers - in 2002.

Her statements are timely, as cosmetic surgery associations across the world attempt to encourage patients to avoid rogue surgeons and turn to well-established clinics instead.