The quest for happiness: Does the way we look really matter?
-The activities in Harley Street London

We live in a world that is hyper concerned with the way people look. We live in a world that attaches so much importance to looks and put heavy pressure on us to ‘upgrade’ as it were.

So each week, patients pay thousands of dollars for surgeries of various kinds to transform their looks, hoping to attain happiness with better looks.

For instance,

In China, a 15 year old teenage girl underwent surgery to win back her ex boy friend

In London, a 33 year old man spent thousands of dollars on a hair transplant to boost self esteem. 

A 72 year old woman spent thousands of dollars for facelift, but her husband can’t tell the difference.

Question? Are these surgeries worth it?

The thing about Harley Street London:

Harley Street is in an affluent part of London and it's famed for attracting business from those who don't have to consider the cost. Harley Street is a top destination for private cosmetic surgery 

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From Dailymail.co.uk

How much would YOU pay to change your body? Meet the people willing to part with thousands to go under the knife in Harley Street to enhance their look

By LUCY WATERLOW FOR MAILONLINE

Everyone has parts of their body they would like to change but how much would you pay - and how much pain would you be willing to go through - to be rid of your hang up?

 

It's a question explored by BBC documentary Inside Harley Street which interviews some of the patients paying thousands for private cosmetic treatments.

 

Harley Street is in an affluent part of London and it's famed for attracting business from those who don't have to consider the cost.

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Michael Pulman, 33, a care worker from Walsall,  spent £7,500 on a hair transplant to boost his self-esteem

Michael Pulman, 33, a care worker from Walsall,  spent £7,500 on a hair transplant to boost his self-esteem

 

But for some of the customers who show up at the clinics on the street, like Michael Pulman, 33, a care worker from Walsall, the money is a lot to spend in the hope it will turn their lives around.

Michael, has spent £7,500 on a hair transplant which he believes will boost his self-esteem and happiness.

 

His mother, Joy, who never spends money on herself and wears £5.99 shoes from Oxfam, is amazed her son is prepared to spend so much on changing his appearance. She points out that he could go on a luxury holiday for the next seven years for the same price.

 

 

But Michael said of the treatment: 'It will make me feel more complete. It is a lot of money but this means a lot to me, good holidays come and go but this will last a lifetime and make me a happier more confident person.'

 

Joy, however, is worried that her son, a divorced father of two, is pinning too much on the hair transplant changing his fortunes of her son.

 

She said: 'I'm just worried he will be disappointed. He's pinned so much on this, he has looked forward it to, I think he feels his life will change dramatically.'

 

Andrea Carter, 72, from Leighton Buzzard, has her baggy jowls removed

Andrea Carter, 72, from Leighton Buzzard, has her baggy jowls removed

 

Another person keen to boost their self-esteem via a Harley Street surgeon is Emma Tallon, 27.

She paid £3,100 for liposuction on her thighs, which she feels are too big. She's felt self conscious about them for ten years.

 

She said: 'I just want to feel normal, to feel like a normal shape and do things without thinking about it all the time.' 

 

Of the price she is paying to have the body she wants, she said: 'It is expensive. I am pretty

comfortable but it's a lot of money. I think it's a price worth paying.'

Following the procedure, Emma said she had no regrets but the operation was 'a lot harder than I thought it was be'.

She said: 'My legs were black and swollen for weeks, at first I felt like my legs were going to explode. 

'I haven't had regrets but I didn't realise how much it takes a toll on your body.'

 

 

 

Also featured on the show is Andrea Carter, 72, from Leighton Buzzard, who has had a number of cosmetic treatments over the years - and wasn't even put off going under the knife after a botched tummy tuck in Latvia which she admitted 'almost killed me'.

 

Over the years, she's also had a boob job, face lift, liposuction and work on her eyes and nose.

Now she wants another face lift costing thousands of pounds to rid herself of her baggy jowls.

When asked by her surgeon if she understood the risk of surgery - and whether she thought it was worth taking for a cosmetic procedure - she said: 'It's an operation but what the heck, I just want that to go away (referring to the baggy skin below her neck). I want to have my chin back'

Her husband Nick adds: If that's what she wants I'll support her.'

 

But after the costly treatment, he admits that he can't tell the difference in his wife's profile. 

'I'm not very observant, I can't see the change but if she can I'm happy,' he said.

Inside Harley Street: Episode 2 : Make Me Beautiful is on BBC Two Monday at 9pm

 

 

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