16 October 2008

I read something that really caught my attention in the Daily Mail yesterday - journalist Kate Mulvey wrote a really interesting article about her experiences after receiving a facelift and the views people take on cosmetic surgery in general.

It seems that she got negative reactions from friends and family - the article claims many disowned her - before she had the surgery. However, she didnt let it put her off and she's delighted that she decided not to let their judgemental attitudes get her down.

Kate explained that one of the best things about the cosmetic surgery isn't just the way she looks (though these days she loves looking in the mirror first thing in the morning and seeing a fresh face smiling back) but how she feels. She said that the renewed confidence has given her the ability to be more self-assured - an aspect of her surgery that she reckons has gotten her far more male attention than before.

What intrigues me is the negative response she received from her friends and family. These days, cosmetic surgery is becoming more and more popular, with facelifts being one of the most common procedures for women and men to undergo. Despite all this, there still seems to be some moral stigma in some people that makes them think going under the knife to improve yourself is a hideous thing to do.

People go to lengths to improve their appearances all the time, whether it's diets, exercise, new hair styles or plastic surgery. Surely a true friend could realise that if a procedure like a facelift, tummy tuck or wrinkle-relaxing injections could reassert someone's confidence and give them a new lease of life, they would be supportive.

I guess this whole thing will have not only given Kate looks she can be proud of but allowed her to get rid of friends nobody would be proud of.