All I want for Christmas is… a face like Gwyneth: Cosmetic surgery bookings rise in run up to festive party season with Gwynnie our dream visage
17:24 GMT, 19 October 2012
Fab at forty: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow looked stunning at an event this week
After Gwyneth Paltrow was pictured at an awards ceremony this week with glowing, blemish-free skin, it's no surprise that women are clamouring to get her youthful look.
Manchester-based cosmetic surgery, Star Clinic, said they have seen a 20 per cent rise in bookings for treatments this month with 'mini' options like the 'mini facelift' and 'mini eyelid surgery' the most popular choices.
Cosmetic surgeon Andrea Marando, who owns the clinic, said the uptake in bookings is down to both men and women wanting to look their best in time for the festive party season with Gwyneth's skin the most emulated by female clients.
The mother-of-two turned 40 in
September but doesn't look like she's aged at all in the last ten years –
looking even better now than she did in her twenties.
So what's her secret Andrea believes the actress hasn't been under the knife but has improved with age thanks to an effective daily skincare regime.
He said: 'Gwyneth's skin is more even and flawless, and the size of her pores have been reduced (since her twenties). Her skin also looks more hydrated and brighter.
'This can be achieved with constant
attention to what you put on your skin and an appropriate skincare
regime – there are several products that specifically even out pigmentations,
significantly improve blemishes and increase the luminosity of the skin.'
He added: 'Chemical peels are also incredibly efficient when integrated with
proper skincare. This combination should be tailor-made to each patient,
and if used with consistency, it will contribute to maintaining an
ideal glow and youthful appearance.'
Andrea believes Gwyneth's appearance has also been enhanced through teeth realignment and whitening.
He said: 'Teeth play a huge role in reducing the
signs of ageing and can provide a significant improvement to a woman’s
appearance. Gwyneth Paltrow has had noticeable teeth realignment and
'The important thing to note, is that her teeth are
not too white. She hasn’t gone too bright so that they look illuminous,
but she has maintained the colour of her teeth from ten years ago. I
would suggest that a good dentist could advise on the best treatment to
go for to ensure optimum whiteness.'
Gwyneth has regularly advocated healthy eating – releasing her own cookbook last year – and follows personal trainer Tracy Anderson's fitness regime to keep in shape.
Improved with age: Gwyneth this week, left, has more glowing and blemish-free skin than she did in her twenties, right
Andrea said there's no doubt this lifestyle will have contributed to Gwyneth ageing gracefully.
He said: 'Healthy lifestyle and diet are crucial to the well-being of your skin, especially once a woman hits her 30s.
'Now is the time to stop smoking and dramatically reduce the amount of weekly alcohol intake. Eating fresh fruit and vegetables, and limiting heavily processed food, will instantly make your skin and eyes look brighter.
'Sun damage also becomes much more accentuated around the middle to late 20s, so a daily SPF of a minimum of 20 would be highly recommended to prevent further wrinkles.'
Holding back the years: A Manchester-based cosmetic surgery has seen a rise in demand for treatments like Botox (posed by model)
Get Gwyneth's look: Andrea Marando's skincare tipsQuit smoking
Reduce weekly alcohol intake
Eat fresh fruit and vegetables and limit heavily processed food
Reduce sun damage by wearing a SPF of a minimum of 20 every day
Stick to a daily skincare regime including using anti-pigmentation products
Try a professional skin peelConsult your dentist about teeth whitening
However, Andrea admits a more 'aggressive approach' might be needed for those who want 'a more dramatic change' or for those whose skin damage has become 'deep rooted'. For them, he recommends a combination of chemical peel, dermal fillers and botulinum toxin, such as Botox.
He said Botox can help women achieve a smooth forehead like Gwyneth's and banish crow's feet.
'Botox sometimes gets a negative
reputation due to overuse and being injected in too many areas. However,
if used sparingly, it can look like the patient has had no work at all
and takes years off the general appearance,' he explained.
He added another non-invasive treatment 'which
reaps excellent results' are dermal filler injections.
They can be used for cheekbone enhancement, to volumise the face and to change the
shape of a nose or chin
'without going down the route of invasive surgery'.