Cosmetic Surgery

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Nip and tuck your way to plastic fantastic. Cosmetic surgery is no longer just a celebrity fad; it’s now more popular amongst the general public where once it was considered available only to the rich and famous. It involves carrying out surgical procedures to improve the physical appearance of a particular part of your body. Not only does it improve one's physical appearance but it often gives them a boost of self-confidence.

How does it work?

There are several different types of cosmetic surgery procedures including facelift, liposuction, boob jobs, nose jobs, tummy tuck, buttock lift, arm lift and the list goes on.

Each procedure is very different in the way it is carried out but all cosmetic procedures are performed under anesthesia whether ‘local’ or ‘general’. Local anesthesia numbs the particular are being operated on whereas general anesthesia puts you to sleep and is often associated with “serious” operations.

As with any surgical procedures there are risks involved, therefore choosing the right surgeon is one of the most vital parts of the procedure. It is important that anyone considering surgery is fully aware of all the potential risks and side effects.

Most surgeries will carry out a full consultation and check-up before the procedure where you will have the opportunity to discuss any problems or concerns and ask questions about the procedure.

Depending on the surgery you have, you may be asked to follow a pre-surgery regime such as giving up smoking as this could affect the healing process or to temporarily give-up nutritional supplements. It is common to take time off work to recover, again depending on the surgery you have had, the healing process could take up to six weeks or more. Some procedures such as liposuction may require you to wear certain under garments to speed up the healing process.

Is it for me?

Most people who consider having plastic surgery are unhappy with a particular part of their appearance but what one must understand before diving under the knife is whether they have a cosmetic flaw that lends itself to surgical correction.

The ideal candidate for cosmetic surgery would be someone who is constantly unhappy with their appearance. It must be a decision made solely by the person considering it and should be done to please themselves, not their family or friends.

Cosmetic surgery is not for everyone and for that reason anyone considering it should carry out a lot of research. Find out about the risks and rewards before making a decision and ensure you know what you’re getting yourself into.

It would be impossible to list all of the different cosmetic surgery techniques available, but here are the 5 most popular wonder-treatments:

'''[[treatment/liposuction| Liposuction]]''' – this is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the UK and is a method used to get rid of unwanted fat using a surgical vacuum which removes the fat via a hollow tube.

'''[[treatment/breast-enlargement| Breast Enhancement]]''' – Many women desire to have large breasts therefore they undertake breast enhancement surgery where an implant is inserted under the skin to make the breasts look bigger.

'''Blepharoplasty''' – this surgery otherwise known as eyelid surgery is often carried to restore a more vibrant and youthful appearance. It takes off several years making the patient look younger.

'''[[treatment/breast-reduction-female| Breast Reduction]]''' – While some women long to have bigger breasts, there are those who suffer from pain and discomfort from breasts that are too large. These women with larger breasts fear they will suffer from back and posture problems and therefore seek breast reduction.

'''[[treatment/rhinoplasty| Rhinoplasty]]''' – this doesn’t just refer to decreasing the size of your nose as it can also be used to bulk it up too. Even the nostrils, tip and bridge can be altered, as can the angle between the nose and upper lip, so if your conk really is a corker, there’s every opportunity for you to completely re-model your nose.

See individual treatments for a fuller description or view here for more '''[[treatments/a-z/type/surgical| cosmetic surgery procedures]]'''.

Did you know?

Many people have the mistaken belief that the term plastic surgery got its name because it involves the use of plastic or other manmade material. In fact, the term plastic surgery comes from the Greek word "plastikos," which means to mold or to shape.

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