A 16-year old British teenager, suffering from a rare genetic condition that made her look middle-aged, is now able to lead a normal teenage life thanks to a pioneering facelift surgery.
South Yorkshire's Zara Hartshorn inherited a condition known as lipodystrophy, which turned her skin wrinkly and twisted, from her mother Tracey Gibson.
AdvertisementBy the time she was 12 years old, Zara was often mistaken for a middle-aged woman and even to be her older sister Chloe's mother. However after hearing about her condition, a top plastic surgeon in the US offered to perform a cosmetic surgery and Zara is now able to lead a normal life with her new boyfriend Ricky Andrews.
"Before I had surgery I was picked on for looking different, now I look the same as other girls my age. I don't feel like people are staring at me when I walk down the street anymore. I finally feel like a teenager. I've carried some hurtful comments with me all my life but now I feel ready to leave the past behind and forgive and forget", Zara said.