Toyah Wilcox Diary of a Facelift
`What I am about to undergo is the last taboo. Ninety per cent of all women are unhappy with some part of their bodies, but the one area that is most vulnerable to our insecurities is the one part that holds the key to our souls, our personality ... You neither want to be defined by your face nor judged by it, but you are and people do.'
Like many women in her mid-forties, Toyah Willcox felt an increasing distance between the lively, energetic person she knew herself to be, and the tired, lined face that stared back at her in the mirror. And working in an industry which places such a high value on the marketability of `youth', she knew that at some point she would have to confront her options. After a few years' experimenting with diet and Botox, she vowed to take the plunge. She would have a facelift.
But what actually happens after you make that decision? How do you find a surgeon? What does the procedure itself involve? And what is the recovery really like? As many people embarking on this journey have discovered, Toyah found that the subject is still shrouded in secrecy and hypocrisy, for all the media's obsession with it. So, in this astonishingly brave, honest, occasionally gruesome and frequently hilarious account, she is making public her intimate, personal diary of the transformation. In so doing, she has given us a wise and witty insight into the nature of celebrity, ageing and beauty in the twenty-first century.