Guide To Cosmetic Surgery

Introduction to cosmetic and plastic surgery

Welcome to The complete guide to cosmetic surgery. This informative site is here to help you with one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. If you want to know more about a particular cosmetic procedure; need advice about finding a reputable cosmetic surgery clinic or how to finance your surgery then this site will answer those questions and many more.

Guide to Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Guide to Breast Augmentation (Breast Enlargement)
Guide to Breast Implant Removal Guide to Breast Reduction
Guide to Breast Uplift (Mastopexy) Guide to Brow Lift
Guide to Buccal Fat Removal Guide to Cheek Implant Surgery
Guide to Chin Implant Surgery Guide to Chin Reduction Surgery
Guide to Ear Reshaping Surgery Guide to Face Lift and Neck Lift
Guide to Fat Grafting (Fat Transfer) Guide to Hair Transplant
Guide to Laser Skin Treatment Guide to Liposelection by VASER
Guide to Liposuction Guide to Male Breast Reduction
Guide to Mole Removal Guide to Penis Enlargement
Guide to Nose Reshaping Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Guide to Scar Improvement
Guide to Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Guide to Vaginoplasty (Vaginal Tightening)

Cosmetic Surgery Overview

Cosmetic surgery is no longer confined to the rich and famous. At one time it was seen as a ‘lightweight’ activity undertaken by people with plenty of time and money but that has now all changed.

Many ‘ordinary’ people are now choosing to have cosmetic surgery. This is mainly due to the rise of celebrity culture and the emphasis on physical enhancement. Advances in medical science, affordable prices and the removal of the stigma around cosmetic surgery in general have ensured its popularity.

Television, magazines and the media in general have all contributed to this popularity. We hear about new cosmetic techniques all the time and this constant flow of information has demystified cosmetic surgery to the general public.

Cosmetic surgery has become an acceptable form of treatment and is seen in much the same way as any other form of treatment. It is not uncommon nowadays to hear people talk about having ‘some work done’!

Many people confuse cosmetic surgery with plastic surgery but there is a difference. Plastic surgery or reconstructive surgery is the branch of medicine concerned with the repair of damaged tissue and skin. It is done for purely medical reasons and aims to restore the normal function of the affected part of the body.

Plastic surgery can correct congenital defects and the effects of a disease or injury. Examples of this include birthmarks, burns, cleft palate or lip, infection and removal of tumours.

Cosmetic surgery is performed for aesthetic reasons and is the means by which we can restore or enhance our appearance. It is also known as ‘elective’ surgery: this means it is surgery chosen by the patient rather than being a medical necessity.

It is as well to be aware of this distinction particularly when thinking about how to finance your surgery. If you are considering going through the NHS then you will find that they don’t usually fund cosmetic surgery. They will pay for plastic surgery because there is a clear medical need but this doesn’t usually apply to cosmetic surgery.

The reason for this? The NHS views cosmetic surgery as a matter of personal choice and as such should be paid for by the patient.

So, how does cosmetic surgery work? What is the treatment process? How long does the recovery take? These and other questions are covered in greater detail throughout this site.

As this is a major decision and one that will affect your life it is
important not to rush into this. All surgery has an element of risk and cosmetic surgery is no different in this aspect.

We are here to help you make a sensible, informed decision.

We have put together a guide which will take you through the whole process, starting with a look at the many different procedures right through to the surgery itself. We also discuss the option of going abroad for surgery and the various non-surgical procedures if you don’t want to go under the knife.

It can help to think of the cosmetic surgery process as a series of steps which are as follows:

1. Think about why you want surgery. Ask yourself some tough questions and talk to others if this helps. Ask yourself what you hope to achieve from cosmetic surgery?

It is important to have realistic expectations about cosmetic surgery and we have found that those patients who do so are amongst the most satisfied.

2. Do your homework. This means learn as much as you can about the procedure itself and the various cosmetic clinics and hospitals that provide this service. Check that they are registered with The Healthcare Commission.

It is a good idea to contact a number of professional medical organisations such as The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), BAPRAS and The British Association of Cosmetic Surgeons. Another useful source is The General Medical Council (GMC).

Your GP is another good source. You will find that he or she is both sympathetic and objective and will give you good advice about surgery in general. He/she can advise you on what to mention to your cosmetic surgeon.

The Cosmetic Surgery Procedures section contains a wealth of information on the various procedures. This includes both surgical and non-surgical procedures.

This section discusses the procedure and the actual operation itself. It will tell you what will happen before and after the surgery. 

3. The next step is to find a good, reputable surgeon. This is the most important part of the process and one that needs to be undertaken thoroughly. There are many excellent cosmetic surgeons who are both highly qualified and experienced and this is the type of surgeon you need.

4. Price is another important factor. Cosmetic surgery is affordable for a great many people and you will want to obtain several quotes before making a decision. Do not be swayed by cost alone though: it is more important to find a highly regarded surgeon who has your best interests at heart rather than a ‘cheap deal’.

Many clinics do not advertise their prices. This is because prices differ according to the surgeon and what part of the country you live in. There are general guides to prices, which can help, but you will find that you need to contact individual providers and obtain a quote. Make sure that you know what the price covers, and anything it doesn’t!

The section on Cosmetic Surgery Prices contains more information on this and on how to finance your surgery.

5. There is always the option of going abroad for surgery. This is a popular choice for a great many people but it’s not without its risks. Think about this very carefully and do your research before making any decision.

The section Going Abroad for Cosmetic Surgery has more information about this.

According to BAAPS the most popular cosmetic procedures for 2008 were:

The top 5 procedures for women:

1. Breast Augmentation (‘breast enlargement’)

2. Blepharoplasty (‘eyelid surgery’)

3. Rhytidectomy (‘face/neck lift’)

4. Abdominoplasty (‘tummy tuck’)

5. Breast Reduction

The top 5 procedures for men:

1. Rhinoplasty (‘nose job’)

2. Blepharoplasty (‘eyelid surgery’)

3. Otoplasty (‘ear correction’)

4. Liposuction

5. Male Breast Reduction