Plastic Fanstastic: A Look at Cosmetic Surgery
Do you like what you see when you look in the mirror? The increasing trend for cosmetic surgery suggests that most of us don’t. Plastic surgery is a procedure that can boost confidence, improve insecurities and lead to better body image. Yet this type of treatment is still a major decision, not to mention time consuming, costly and lacking in guaranteed results.
The most popular reason behind cosmetic surgery is a desire to look younger, with face-lift and cosmetic facial injections the most popular procedures, followed by breast augmentation, nose jobs and tummy tucks. Once a preserve of the privileged elite, cosmetic enhancement has exploded into the mainstream with more choice and better technology available now than ever before.
Invasive Vs noninvasive
Cosmetic surgery doesn’t always involve cutting. There are both surgical and non- surgical options to consider. An invasive or surgical procedure involves going under the knife. For example a tummy tuck, face-lift or breast augmentation surgery are all invasive procedures, whereas botox injections, chemical peels and laser procedures are all noninvasive as there is no cutting involved. Women, who simply want to look younger, have a choice between traditional surgical facelift and non-surgical microdermabrasion or cheof mical peel procedures. However women who wish for smaller or bigger breasts have no choice but to opt for an invasive procedure. Some of these can be done on an outpatient basis, yet others will require an overnight hospital stay. Invasive surgery obviously involves more risks – an open wound brings with it risks of scarring and infection, and a longer recuperation period.
The top reasons that put people reject getting cosmetic surgery are:
Fears about disappointing results
Possibility of a long recovery
Loss of sensation/ anesthetic
The following common procedures all require invasive surgery:
Breast implant surgery: This can be either reconstructive following a mastectomy, or cosmetic, to enhance the size and shape of the breast. In the UK, silicone gel implants or saline implants are most commonly used.
Breast reduction: An operation to reduce the weight and volume of the breasts. This is usually carried out on women who feel self-conscious about the weight, shape or droopiness of their boobs.
Abdominoplasty or ‘tummy tuck’: This surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from around the lower abdomen. This tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall and is usually sought by patients who experience sagging skin after pregnancy or weight loss.
Rhinoplasty or nose reshaping: A rhinoplasty changes the size and shape of the nose. It can either make the nose smaller (reduction rhinoplasty) or larger (augmentation rhinoplasty). Nose reshaping may be for cosmetic or injury reasons.
Facelift surgery: Facelift surgery lifts up sagging facial skin, making the face tighter and smoother. This provides a more youthful appearance, lifting your whole face, brow area, lower face or neck. The effects of a facelift usually last for seven to ten years.
Sometimes there’s no need to undertake cosmetic procedures in order to achieve the look you desire. In fact, non-surgical procedures now account for over 90% of all cosmetic procedures.
Common non-surgical procedures include:
Botulinum toxin injection (or Botox): A very popular treatment for reducing lines and rejuvenating the face. An injection of Botox works temporarily to paralyze the facial muscles – smoothing and eliminating wrinkles for a few months.
Chemical peels: A chemical peel removes multiple layers of dead cells from the surface of the skin, revealing healthy new cells underneath and resulting in a smoother, more youthful looking complexion. Can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions including pigmentation and acne scarring.
Microdermabrasion: This is a method of deep exfoliation that works by using a stream of microcrystals across your skin. It can significantly improve fine lines, black heads, acne scars, stretch marks, age spots and pigmentation. Microdermabrasion speeds up collagen production, making your skin appear more youthful.
Laser treatments: Lasers can be used to treat unwanted hair, pigment, broken blood vessels, leg veins and tattoos. They can also rejuvenate skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and minimising acne and surgery scarring.
Dermal fillers: Depending on the filler you choose, you can minimise fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the appearance of facial scars, plump up your lips or fill in thinner parts of the face. Like Botox injections, the effects of dermal fillers are temporary.