BBC Radio 1 commissioned Changemyface to show how 7 top DJ’s would look in 10 years time if they drank too much alchohol and here are some of the results.

Scott Mills


changemyface uses its virtual nip tuck imaging skills to show how Kate Spicer how she could look minus the wrinkles
and under eye bags in Channel 4’s documentary
Super Botox Me


How will 3 women with different lifestyles look in 20 years time – depending on their lifestyles – very differently! You can see the whole article in November’s issue of SHE.

I was invited to the preview evening of Professor Von Hagen’s new Bodyworlds Show at the O2 in London. Not only can you see his beautifully plastinated bodies (and a great surprise at the end of the exhibition) but also learn more about the ageing process and what happens to our bodies as we get older. It’s really worth a view.To get more info go to

But what really happens to us as we age? The process starts in mid our mid 20’s and the way we age comes mainly down to our genes but also to external environmental factors and these are the main perpertrators:

  • Sun damage
  • Repetitive facial expressions
  • Gravity
  • Smoking
  • Drinking
  • Stress
  • Nutrition
  • Pollution

However, none of us will really escape getting older so here are some of the ageing processes that happen to everyone:

  • Gravity – everything goes south eventually
  • Facial expressions cause wrinkles, especially around the eyes and mouth area
  • Skin loses elasticity
  • Hair becomes grey and more brittle

Aging Skin Net explains more:

What happens to your skin as you get older? As the body ages, the appearance and characteristics of the skin change. Visible ageing of the skin starts at about age 25 as the natural regenerative process begin to slow. The skin replaces old cells more slowly and there is a slower turnover of the surface skin and slower wound healing. After age 45, a thinning of the skin begins, due in part, to hormonal changes. This thinning make the skin more fragile and vulnerable to damage by abrasion and more sensitive to irritating environmental factors and allergens. The coils of collagen and elastin suffer cuts and crosslinking damage and as a result, the skin loses much of it’s strength and elasticity. The moisture holding proteoglycans and GAGs decrease in abundance, making the skin become dryer and looser. The skin loses fat, so it looks less plump and smooth. The number of blood vessels in your skin decreases, and the skin loses its youthful color and glow.

While all these changes are taking place, gravity is also at work, pulling at the skin, causing it to sag. Wrinkles around the eyes are a characteristic signs of skin damage. The skin tends to heal more slowly and minor blemishes develop. In addition, this aging process can be exacerbated by factors such as extremes of cold or heat, excessive sun (UV radiation), psychological stress, and improper nutrition. The effects of photodamage can be seen by comparing skin in areas exposed to sun to areas usually covered. Exposed skin has mottled hyperpigmentation while the nonexposed skin is usually clearer and paler.

During aging the oil-producing (sebaceous) glands become less active, and your skin becomes drier. The skin becomes more sensitive to the use of harsh soaps and disinfectants which more easily damage skin. We have a natural oil covering our skin named sebum, which is produced by glands in the skin. When the oil is removed by frequent use of drying agents, such as soap, the skin becomes dry which can lead to cracking and flaking. Once cracking occurs the skin is susceptible to inflammation and itching. Everyday factors that may cause drying of the skin include harsh soaps, long hot baths or showers. In our modern culture, most people overdo skin cleansing.

It stands to reason that the market in plastic surgery will suffer in the economic gloom but people still need that feel good factor so according to this article published in Aesthetic Medicine consumers are now choosing non surgical procedures instead of the more expensive surgical options:

US patients choose non-surgical options during recession

The impending recession is causing more US consumers to delay plastic surgery and consider non-surgical options, according to the latest consumer survey carried out by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

The association polled 100 women who were considering plastic surgery in March and then again in October and found 59% said that recent changes in the economy have had an impact on their plans for plastic surgery, compared with 50% in March. Also, 48%, of women surveyed during October said that the economic slowdown has made them less likely to book a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon, a marked increase of 18% since March, when 30% felt that way.

Possibly the most significant result for the aesthetic medicine industry, however, is that 27% said they were considering less expensive options, compared with 20% six months ago.
Richard D’Amico, M.D., ASPS president, commented, “It appears more consumers are choosing the less invasive cosmetic procedures, both to give them a boost or to buy time if they need to postpone a more costly invasive surgical procedure because of the economic

The Consulting Room reports that certain procedures are becoming more popular during the economic gloom.

Despite a slowing economy the QuickLift™, a minimally-invasive lower face-lifting procedure, gains popularity.
Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) October 16, 2008 — While consumer confidence and spending have dropped for many retailers and service oriented businesses, The Skin Center Medical Spa, with locations in Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio, reports an increased demand for the QuickLift™.
The QuickLift™, a minimally-invasive lower face lift procedure that tightens sagging skin along the jaw line and under the chin, is a more affordable and natural face lift option for people considering a full face lift. “We have found that when times are slow economically, people tend to want to invest in themselves,” said Dominic A. Brandy, MD, developer of the QuickLift™ and founding medical director of The Skin Center Medical Spa. “It gives them a boost of confidence and self-esteem that translates to more productivity and success at work and in their personal lives.”

It can be tough weighing up the pros and cons of surgery – especially when it can be painful and expensive but sometimes there’s something we hate about the way we look and we need to look into how it can be fixed. Verity from Hampshire says “Everytime I see a photograph of myself, I see my nose first – it just doesn’t fit with the rest of my face!” But where does she go for that initial advice?

BAAPS The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery offers this advice:

1. Make your own decisions: The real expert on your appearance and any concerns you may have is YOU. The only assistance you should need is to decide what, if any, surgery you might need, and you should ensure you get unbiased information regarding what might be technically possible and any associated risks and benefits. Do not let anyone talk you into doing anything for which you had little concern before the consultation.

2. Be Informed: Anyone considering any cosmetic procedure should ensure they are fully informed and accept the limitations and risks of any procedure. Remember, no surgeon or procedure is 100% risk free.

3. Be Comfortable: Make sure you feel comfortable with the organisation, surgeon and clinic you have chosen.

4. Know your surgeon: Many practitioners purport to be experts, but many are not even surgeons. Practitioners may boast impressive sounding qualifications, but these can have little meaning. Organisations associated with and preferably based in the Royal College of Surgeons will demonstrate acceptable standards of practice, i.e., those which you can reasonably expect of surgeons and doctors in general. Hospitals which have strong associations with NHS consultants and practice will also adhere to these standards and so offer some level of reassurance. The BAAPS can help you find a properly credentialed surgeon in your area.

To really help your decision making process, get some imaging done to show you before and after – this can sometimes help you decide one way or the other. It is also important to have a point of reference to show your surgeon.  For cosmetic surgery imaging go to www. and for more information and tips go to:

Embarrassing Teenage Bodies

October 27, 2008

Channel 4’s Embarrassing Teenage Bodies this week … We show how a sunbed obsessed teenager will look at her mother’s age. Did you know that if you use a sunbed once a week, you are 50% more susceptible to skin cancer?

We also worked with Cancer Research UK to show how singer Sandi Thom will look as she ages over using sunbeds.

We’ve spotted this article in the India Times and wondered is any single event worth going under the knife for?

MUMBAI: Blame it on the timeless obsession to look good, but the craving to look better has never been so obvious. With the start of the festive and wedding seasons upon us, Mumbaikars have begun queuing up at cosmetic clinics for expensive facelifts, quick-fix botox makeovers and commonplace chemical peels. The economic slowdown has obviously not dampened the craze…

Original article can be found here: link

Marilyn Monroe at 80

October 25, 2008

This was commisioned for the Independent Newspaper in 2007