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From Botox to facelifts: Sarah Ferguson has candidly shared the cosmetic tweaks she's had over the years

Ahead of her 60th birthday, Prince Andrew’s former wife reveals it wasn’t just maternal pride that helped her skin glow on her younger daughter’s wedding day last year.

Sarah, Duchess of York has some big milestones coming up in her calendar, what with her 60th birthday next week and of course the wedding of her eldest daughter Princess Beatrice set to take place next year.
With that in mind, it's understandable the Duchess would want to look her absolute best, and while she's seemingly been blessed with minimal grey hairs, she's not shy to admit that her glowing complexion – she was looking exceptionally radiant at her younger daughter Princess Eugenie's wedding last year – isn't just down to mother nature.
Speaking exclusively to The Daily Mail, Prince Andrew's former wife, revealed along with the joy of seeing her youngest daughter walk down the aisle, she also got a little help, admitting to the publication: "The happiness was shining out of me because my daughter was getting married. I was so glad. I love Jack.
"When I'm passionate about anything, my eyes shine."
Adding, "Above all, it was being joyful for Eugenie that made me look good. But I'd had some laser treatment on my face which helped, too."
Sarah was positively radiant at her youngest daughter's wedding last year, thanks to a combination of happiness and laser facelifts. (Image: Getty)
In addition to laser facelifts, which are said to promote the skin's natural production of collagen, Sarah also revealed she's had mesotherapy – an injection of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, organic fillers, as well as a thread lift.
A thread lift, also known as a 'the natural face-lift', is a procedure which uses dissolvable threads (the same that are used for dissolvable stitches) inserted with a fine needle under your skin and pulled tight. The threads take around nine months to dissolve and it's the scar tissue under the skin which stimulates the production of collagen helping you look younger.
While Sarah admits she was worried the procedure would be painful, she says it actually wasn't bad and says her skin responded well.
"I think if you look at photos of me after I had it done, I look much better."
Despite the range of procedures Sarah has had, she says she still wants to look natural, saying she wasn't a fan of Botox as the "frozen look" made her look completely different to her usual animated self, saying she tried it "a long time ago when there was nothing else available".
Despite the tweakments Sarah has had, she says she still wants to look natural, saying she wasn't a fan of Botox because it made her usually animated face "frozen". (Image: Getty)
Behind Sarah's treatments is Polish-born Dr Gabriela Mercik who now has a clinic based in London.
Sarah first met Dr Mercik in 1992, when she had visited young cancer patients in Poland, where Dr Mercik had been a medical student. They have stayed in touch ever since.
Sarah describes herself as the "worst patient" saying she finds it difficult to sit still for long but says she a huge fan of Dr Mercik's skincare range and has happily been her guinea pig for new treatments.
"I'm really happy to be open about what I've had done," Sarah says.
The Duchess also admits her fair skin was exposed to too much sun when she was young and says after losing both her father and best friend Carolyn Cotterell to melanoma, it made her realise you have to look after your skin as much as your other organs.
"It isn't just about aesthetics. We have to think about our skin health," Sarah says, explaining she hoped her mesotherapy and laser treatments would help repair the damage her skin had undergone as a child.
Sarah's got some milestone events coming up in her calendar including her 60th birthday next week and her eldest daughter Princess Beatrice's wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, next year. (Image: Getty)
Sarah's remarkably frank interview comes just days after she revealed her eldest daughter Princess Beatrice's wedding "can only be in Britain", quashing rumours that she and fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi would tie the knot in Italy.
Sarah has been understandably overjoyed at the news of Beatrice's engagement.
Following the official announcement by Buckingham Palace, Sarah shared a carousel of images of the newly engaged couple to her Instagram account, writing: "I know what a mother feels so I have tears of joy.
"I am so proud of this sensational news. Andrew and I are the luckiest people ever to have two great sons in law.
"@princesseugenie took the colour photographs as my girls are so close. Beatrice and Edo wanted her to capture this special moment.
Adding: "The black and white photographs were taken by Misan Harriman."
While no date has been announced yet for the special day, the Palace has confirmed it will take place in 2020.