Cosmetic Surgery procedures are available for almost any part of the body. Only the choice to undergo cosmetic surgery should not be taken lightly. The results are often permanent, so it is important to be sure about the decision, to use an appropriate practitioner with right motivation.
A surgeon may refer a patient for counseling before surgery. If they believe there is an underlying problem that cannot be solved by the surgery, or if the patient shows signs of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). BDD may cause a person to perceive that there is something seriously wrong with their appearance.
Reconstructive surgery is another type of plastic surgery. It aims to improve function and to give a normal appearance to a part of the person’s body that has been damaged, for example, after a mastectomy. This article will focus on cosmetic surgery only.
Types and uses of cosmetic surgery:
Breast augmentation, or enlargement, traditionally performed using saline or silicone gel prosthetics, but popular is with fat grafting.
Liposuction uses thin cannulas, or hollow metal tubes, to vacuum fat from various parts of the body. The treatment involves body parts usually the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, hips, backs of the arms, and neck. Tools used in this process include standard, ultrasound, mechanical, and laser devices. They all tend to involve suction of fat through a tube.
Labiaplasty, labioplasty, labia minor reduction, or labial reduction involves surgery of the labia majora or labia minora of the vulva. It is a part of the female genitalia. It aims to reduce elongated labia, usually as part of a vaginoplasty.
Tips when considering cosmetic surgery
- Choose a reputable surgeon and checking their credentials
- After obtaining the surgeon’s opinion and, make your own decisions. Resist being persuaded to opt for something you did not previously want
- Get full information about the procedure and weigh up all the pros and cons beforehand
- Be aware of any risks and limitations, for example, will this need redoing in 6 months?
- Choose the right moment, avoiding, for example, the time around a stressful event, such as changing jobs, bereavement, having a baby, or moving house
- Never seek cosmetic surgery to please or impress anyone else
- Do not travel too far for treatment, or if travel is necessary, ensure the arrangements are reliable, especially if opting for surgery abroad
- Beware of non-refundable deposits, and be prepared to change your mind