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Posted Fri 3 November 2017

It’s that time of year again when the C word is beginning to be whispered, or rather shouted, in every retail park in the country: Christmas is coming. Doe eyed models pout from every Christmas catalogue – they clearly haven’t got the in laws coming to stay. Perfect families grin across tables laden with festive treats – no one’s in a strop, having a tantrum or shouting: ‘That’s it! I’ve had it. You can buy your own presents!’ Shops brim with black, red and gold sequinned numbers – just right for cold weather then the boiler’s playing up. Don’t we love the festive countdown.

If Santa baby is hurrying down the chimney… as well as round the shops, up and downstairs, and off to buy a tree, she may be looking a little haggard, not to mention tired around the eyes and long in the tooth. Book into Naked Health to freshen up your face: a little softening of lines, a teeny bit of filler or just hope in a jar can work wonders. Wait for your other half to comment: ‘You’re looking good today!’ They won’t know what’s different, so your secret is safe, just that you’re less exhausted, more fresh faced. It’ll boost your mood too and that never goes amiss.

Perhaps the year has rushed by on the work treadmill. You run past mirrors as you dash out of the house but never quite have time to think about what you see. At the back of your mind there’s a personal To Do list but it never floats to the top and to be honest, no one’s looking at you: your better half is in the same boat, comatose in the evenings as you flop in front of a soap. Perhaps it’s time you booked in to see someone about the little things that you don’t want sparkling on Christmas morning: a split earlobe, a mole that’s more than a beauty spot, saggy eyelids that no amount of Lift cream can address. You really don’t want a tiny tot to point at you over Christmas lunch and ask: ‘What’s the matter with your face?’

Yes, Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat…but if the goose has plumped up a little too much, it may be time to have a long hard look in the mirror and book in to see a plastic surgeon. Bingo wings, muffin tops and love handles may not be what your dearly beloved would like to see on Christmas morning. Surgery may not be necessary: sometimes a little Cool Sculpting does the trick, and sometimes just a conversation in confidence, from a kind but knowledgeable expert can be enough to turn a corner: from portly to sparkling, cuddly to seductive. If this is you, you know what you have to do!

Perhaps this Christmas marks a new beginning: you’re starting afresh in your career, personal life or with new resolutions. You’d like a new you in 2018: to shed habits or self image that’s dragging you down. You’d like to be swiped right from now on and you need a little je ne sais quoi to help your confidence. Book in for a chat with no obligation about what bothers you about your appearance. It can help so much to talk about it and you may be surprised by how easy it can be to put something right.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New You!

Patience Wellbeing, Plastic Surgery Blogger