It was once the domain of the rich and famous. But cosmetic surgery is increasingly being used by people from all walks of life to alter the way they look.
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The reason why so many people, predominantly women, elect to have surgery is complex. However, low self-esteem and the pressure imposed by images of glamorous celebrities in the media often play a part.
Whatever the reason, before anyone elects to have surgery to change the way they look it is important to weigh up the pros and cons.
• Cosmetic surgery can positively alter features that may have made a person unhappy for much of their life. A large nose or small breasts can cause a woman to feel self-conscious and knock her confidence. Through surgery, the way she feels about her looks can be transformed
• The effects of Boston cosmetic surgery are not limited to changes in appearance. If you love the way you look your self-esteem and confidence will increase. People have reported improvements in their social lives and personal relationships after surgery. The way they are treated by others can also alter, with some studies relating appearance to professional development
• For someone who has worked tirelessly to lose a large amount of weight, the loose folds of skin left behind can be demoralising. A tummy tuck can remove this excess skin, altering a person’s shape and, in turn, their confidence
• Cosmetic surgery can improve health. For example, a woman with large breasts my suffer years of back pain and discomfort. A breast reduction can alleviate this pain and alter posture. Sight can be improved with an eyelid lift and rhinoplasty (a nose job) can improve a person’s breathing
• We’ve all heard the horror stories about cosmetic surgery going wrong. In reality, most procedures go ahead without any problems but, as with any surgery, there are risks, such as infection, haemorrhaging, paralysis and nerve damage. Scarring, pain, discomfort or reduced sensation in the area where the procedure was carried out may also be experienced
• While it can improve your self-esteem, surgery is not a cure for deep rooted issues such as depression
• Looking a million dollars does not come cheap, and simply choosing a surgeon based on price is never a good idea. Your GP is often the best place to start when looking for a respected surgeon. Research the procedures, clinics and surgeons, visit clinics and hospitals and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Make sure the person who is advising you is registered with the American Board Of Plastic Surgeons.
• A happy ending is not guaranteed. Surgery can be detrimental to some relationships, potentially giving rise to jealousy and insecurity from partners, for example
• Be realistic about what you are going to look like. No amount of surgery is going to make you look the mirror image of your celebrity idol. You will also need to prepare yourself for the surgery not going as planned
• Keeping your looks just the way you want them can be high maintenance. Cosmetic procedures can require upkeep, so you might need more surgery in the months and years that follow the initial procedure. The cost and toll of this should be taken into consideration from the outset.