Cosmetic surgery is an elective surgery, where patients choose to under go a procedure in order to improve their appearance and self confidence. Sometimes seen as synonymous with plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery is a separate field, offering procedures as an enhancement, not as a method of correction after other surgery or treatment.
There are a variety of different types of cosmetic surgery procedures, with popular choices including breast augmentation or implants, rhinoplasty and liposuction. Some non-surgical methods can also be used to slow down the ageing process and enhance the appearance, such as Botox or filler injections, however cosmetic surgery itself is always an invasive surgery and should be considered as a major life changing decision. As with all surgery, it is vital to research both your intended procedure and surgeon, as cosmetic surgery carries risks and does not always produce the desired results.
Once seen as the preserve of the rich and famous, cosmetic surgery is becoming more common place, with many seeing it as a way to rejuvenate their life and appearance. Not just for women, men too are enjoying the benefits of cosmetic surgery, with America seeing the most demand, with Europe a close second. With an overwhelming obsession with youth and perfection portrayed in the media, it is understandable why many are choosing to ignore growing old gracefully and are opting to improve their appearance and alter the parts of their body they are unhappy with instead. As cosmetic surgery clinics come to the high street and offer procedures for lower prices than ever before, the accessibility and acceptability of cosmetic surgery is becoming ever more wide spread. As the numbers continue to rise, and elective surgery starts to expand into Asia, it seems cosmetic surgery is going to continue to be on the rise.
The cosmetic industry is also highly regulated due to the nature of the treatment. For The Cosmetic Products (Safety) Regulations 2008 click here.