New year, new you - is cosmetic surgery really the answer?

Posted: 15/01/2016


Cosmetic surgery was once the exclusive preserve of movie stars and millionaires but today people from all walks of life are considering it. Now, at the start of a new year, an ever-increasing number of people, men as well as women, will be deciding that the time is right for them to have the treatment that they have been promising themselves for so long. For these individuals, the results of going ‘under the knife’ seem very desirable and their new year resolutions will go considerably further than traditional gym memberships.

Rhinoplasty (nose shaping) and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) are two of the best known procedures and may be sought for confidence boosting reasons. Many people have been blessed with their ‘family's nose’ but really do not like its shape or have had an accident that has altered its appearance or affected their breathing. A rhinoplasty can significantly change these aspects of shape and function and deliver a reinvigorated confidence in how you are presented to the world.

Life events such as pregnancy, losing a significant amount of weight, or simply the march of time, can all leave their mark on your figure. A tummy tuck is designed to give back a youthful, flat stomach by tightening the abdominal muscles.

Alison Johnson, a specialist cosmetic surgery lawyer at Penningtons Manches LLP, said: “Patients need to be confident, both in their surgeon and in the actual choice they are making, before taking the next step. It can be all too easy to rush a decision, particularly at this time of year, in search of a mood uplift, for example, but cosmetic treatment of any kind and particularly surgery should never be rushed. People should take the time to have as many pre-operative consultations with their surgeon as they feel they need. Any reputable surgeon will be happy to offer this time to ensure that a patient properly consents to a procedure and achieves the results they have been hoping for.”


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