I sold my house to pay for my £10,000 facelift at 50 – now I live in a van and I look better than I ever did in my 30s
- Kelly Beasley was horrified when she was initially quoted £38,000 for the work
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A woman who sold her house so she could afford a £10,000 facelift has revealed she is now living in a van – but is confident she looks better than she ever did in her thirties.
Kelly Beasley, 50, from Marana, Arizona, started having Botox injections when she was in her late twenties and has also spent the past 15 years having fillers.
However, the blogger decided to undergo a more drastic cosmetic procedure when she noticed her face ‘dropping fast’ two years ago.
As such, Kelly had her heart set on having an extended face lift, neck lift, lip lift, and fat transfer from her thighs.
However, she was horrified when US-based plastic surgeons began quoting her $50-60,000 [£38,000-46,600].
Pictured: Kelly Beasley before she had her extended face lift, neck lift, lip lift, and fat transfer in February
Kelly (pictured after the cosmetic work) was horrified when US plastic surgeons quoted her upwards of £38,000
She explained: ‘I like to look nice. Around 48, my face started dropping fast.
‘The changes were astounding and fillers were not going to make a difference.’
After her initial round of research, Kelly saw another woman on social media raving about a cosmetic clinic in Mexico.
She continued: ‘I saw a lady on TikTok talking about plastic surgery. I was astounded by her results.
‘She had it down in Tijuana in Mexico. I wasn’t sure but I didn’t completely dismiss it.
‘She said she had it for $14,000 [£10,800] – I was blown away.’
Kelly found a Facebook group for EOC plastics – who organised the surgeries in Tijuana, Mexico – and began looking at other women’s experiences.
Next, she emailed the clinic photos of herself and asked to be put on their cancellation list after being quoted £10,800 for the procedures.
Pictured: Kelly one day after going under the knife in Mexico. She said: ‘I woke up with head wrapped in a giant crazy bandage. I started taking pictures immediately’
Pictured: Kelly before and after the cosmetic work. She said: ‘Why not live the most fabulous life? Part of that for me is having plastic surgery’
At the time, Kelly had already put her three-bedroom house in Arizona up for sale as a ‘cushion’ to pay for her surgery.
Although the clinic had a last-minute opening in January, Kelly decided to take a bit more time to think about it – before jumping at the next chance the following month.
She added: ‘It was on the February 14 – Happy Valentine’s to me.’
The four-hour surgery involved taking fat from Kelly’s thighs and putting it in her lips and face.
She continued: ‘I woke up with head wrapped in a giant crazy bandage. I started taking pictures immediately.
‘There was zero pain. The only pain I ever had was discomfort. I wore a face bra for two weeks.’
After the surgery, Kelly was transferred to a nearby hotel before driving back to the US in a van.
She said: ‘It was like six days of vacation. It was just easy.’
Five months on, Kelly says she feels ‘phenomenal’ and is happy with the ‘natural’ result.
Since the procedure, Kelly is now travelling full-time in a van and is currently at Lake Tahoe in California.
That said, she did admit that it took time to adjust to her much more youthful appearance.
She added: ”After about a week-and-a-half I had a minor ‘oh crap’ moment.
Kelly pictured one week after the surgery. She experienced bruising around her face but said it was mostly painless
‘Your brain is having a hard time adjusting to your face. I would look different from mirror to mirror.
‘Now I absolutely love it. I’m having fun putting on make-up again.
‘Before I hadn’t been liking putting make-up on. My eyes were heavy and putting on eyeliner wouldn’t look right.’
What’s more, Kelly says she thinks she looks better now than she did when she was 30.
She continued: ‘Plastic surgery is shamed. If we do too much – we’re vain or insecure.
‘If you don’t do anything, wear make up or do your hair, they say “you’ve let yourself go”.
‘It’s exhausting. I’m going to do what I want to do. Why not live the most fabulous life? Part of that for me is having plastic surgery.’
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