‘i Could Feel My­self dis­ap­pear­ing’

Woman (UK) - - Talking About -

michelle Zelli, 57, is a life coach spe­cial­is­ing in fe­male em­pow­er­ment. She lives in Sur­rey.

my mother was al­ways so glam­orous. when I was grow­ing up, she wore lots of make-up and fancy out­fits, and I sup­pose that’s why I’ve spent most of my life aim­ing to look as good as I can. In my teens and 20s, I loved it when some­one com­pli­mented me on my ap­pear­ance.

af­ter giv­ing birth to my first child in march 1983, fol­lowed by my sec­ond three years later, I worked hard in the gym to get my body back into shape.

But as I grew older, my face started to change. I bought ex­pen­sive face creams and make-up. How­ever, hav­ing thrown my­self into work, my eye bags were only get­ting worse. I knew I had to do some­thing.

Fi­nally, aged 42, I de­cided to try cos­metic surgery. my chil­dren, then 20 and 16, and friends were glad I was do­ing some­thing to feel like me again.

In march 2002, I spent £4,500 on a lower eye­lift. and it was the best thing I ever did. For the first time in years, I didn’t want to hide my eyes be­hind sun­glasses. It was such a boost.

not long af­ter, I had a tummy tuck, too. I thought it would end there, but af­ter I started the menopause, I couldn’t help but feel I was dis­ap­pear­ing again.

I’ve since had facelifts, a neck lift, li­po­suc­tion on my thighs and a brow lift.

I did take a year off and tried holis­tic pro­ce­dures. But while they made me feel amaz­ing, my lines started to reap­pear.

now, I spend more than £10,000 a year on my looks. This in­cludes ve­neers, hav­ing my nails done, blow-dries, wax­ing, eye­lash tint­ing and eye­brow preen­ing.

Peo­ple say that I look 10 years younger and I think they’re right. I’ll keep try­ing to dis­rupt the norms of mid­dle age for as long as I can. I don’t feel old, so why should I look it?

‘My eye­lift was the best thing’

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