Video debate: anti-ageing surgery
November 1, 2012 | By: High50

Anti-ageing procedures increased last year by around 14 per cent. Watch our recent debate between beauty editor Jo Fairley, making the case for good skincare and make-up, and Dr Daniel Sister, who backs the intervention of the needle

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New figures just released by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons show a 14 per cent increase in anti-ageing procedures, such as facelifts, neck lifts and eyelid surgery. Like it or not, there are more ways than ever to combat the passing of time. From quick-fix fillers to miracle-boasting beauty products via lasers, lifts and lifestyle choices; reaching mid-life now comes with numerous options for preserving your looks.

But where should we draw the line when it comes to erasing the lines?

That was the topic for our first high50 debate, staged in November at the amazing Royal College of Surgeons. Esteemed journalist and broadcaster Mariella Frostrup (herself just turned 50) acted as moderator as our own beauty editor Jo Fairley fought the corner for topical products against cosmetic doctor Dr Daniel Sister of BeautyWorksWest, who backed the intervention of the needle, laser and scalpel.

As Mariella says, given the advancements in both cosmetic procedures and in beauty and skincare products, “Now feels like a moment where we should call ‘halt’ and look at what the future has to offer”.

This video, filmed on the night, shows excerpts from both the arguments, put forward in a hotly contested debate that eventually ended as a draw.

If you weren’t able to join us on the night, share your opinions in the comment box below. If you were there, see if you can spot yourself! And watch this space for news of similar events in 2013.