Although the concept of plastic surgery isn’t new, only since its introduction into the beauty and cosmetics industry that it has become a multi-billion pound industry and renowned all over the world. Historically, it was used primarily for reconstructive surgery or the aesthetic treatment of burns. As knowledge and technology improved in the 20th century, so did the availability and potential of plastic surgery. Returning soldiers from the first and second World Wars benefited, so did people with natural disfigurations and serious burn scars.
As time moved towards the present day, people began to utilise plastic surgery for cosmetic purposes also. The concept of cheating nature and defying the effects of ageing became an irresistible lure for many people. Millions of different procedures are now performed each year, predominantly in North America and Europe.
What does it Involve?
In technical terms, plastic surgery involves the repairing or reconstructing of missing or damaged tissue and skin. Its main aim is to restore any deformities of the skin back to normal, or as close to normal as possible. It requires a number of consultations with medical specialists who will evaluate the problem and decide on the best course of action. Different techniques of plastic surgery include skin grafts, skin flap surgery and tissue expansion.
In terms of the beauty industry, cosmetic procedures are different and require a separate approach. For one, they are undertaken at the request of the client and are only carried out to improve appearance or help defy the ageing process. There are many non-surgical procedures available also, namely Botox or dermal fillers, which are extremely popular with patients due to their reduced risk.
Types of Cosmetic Surgery
There are various types of cosmetic surgery operations that can performed on the body as well as the face. Some of the most common procedures include:
There are many more operations you can go for, some of which are in specialty areas of the body. They are all designed to improve the appearance of our bodies and in some cases help reverse its natural deterioration.
As with any surgical procedure, things can sometimes go wrong at different stages of the operation. It may depend on the type of surgery being carried out, the health of the patient or the skill and experience of the doctor. General risks include permanent scarring of the area or infection. Bruising is a common consequence but usually passes over time.
Having Plastic Surgery
It is always best to visit your local G.P before plastic surgery is booked. Run through the type of operation required with them and they will explain how the procedure will work in more detail. Whilst reconstructive surgery, i.e. due to a birth defect or serious facial injury, will be available on the NHS, personal cosmetic procedures will require the services of a private company. Scout around the internet for reputable firms or ask your doctor for a recommendation.