Many years ago, if someone was going to get a quiet freshen up, it was known as -˜Off for a trolley ride’. They would disappear for up to a month and come back looking fresh and relaxed, like they’d had a huge sleep and a barrel of water … and we wouldn’t think twice.

Others would resurface so tight you could play table tennis on their face.

So I’ve started wondering, could I put myself through that kind of pain just to look a tad younger?
I’m not getting any younger and, despite eating good food and working out every day of the week, the sands of time continue to fall through the hourglass of life.

These days it costs little more than the price of a holiday to get yourself a nip and tuck, and some of it can even be done in the comfort of your five-star hotel.
So I quizzed a friend on what procedure he was planning to have in the coming weeks, suggesting it would be best if he didn’t return with a face so tight he’d have to fart from his neck.
They’re just going to cut under the eyes and lift the skin up and over to the back of my head, I was told. I’m not having too much done, just enough to look 10 years younger.
I made the necessary ooohs and aahhhs in the right places and then started thinking some more.
Is having surgery that much different to a little needle of botox and collagen here and there? It seems popping in for a face filler is commonplace these days. I know a 23-year-old showgirl who has had it done, though surely that is a little too young for such procedure.
There will always be the pressure to look perfect when you are in the public eye. It’s not just waxing, plucking, scrubbing and rubbing these days though, it is injecting, slicing, dicing, lasering and stitching back up.
In Hollywood they have a saying, -˜Old actresses don’t die, they just Faye Dunnaway’. I’m not sure if I will be racing off to have my neck lifted and separated, but I’ve decided that I am comfortable with it as an option if ever I feel the need.
Of course I am hoping that day will never come, so in the meantime I think I will get myself another tattoo.

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