Cosmetic surgery


Cosmetic surgery

Is it worth having cosmetic surgery?  the answer may be no:

 

The problem is that as we age, skin loses the elasticity and strength it needs to hold its shape.  On the face eyelids droop,  deep lines develop and we may appear more tired and worried looking.  The skin also becomes thinner and so the underlying bones and muscles seem more pronounced, giving us that hollow look.  Worse still, the complexion becomes dull with uneven pigment. On the rest of the body, skin loses elasticity and stretches with gravity so we lose that youthful firm body.

its not all bad news though.  Modern fillers together with botulinum toxin (botox) give subtle improvement without the need for surgery.  In experienced hands, the results are excellent and the effects last up to 9 months.  Thread lifting is also gaining popularity.  Fibrous threads are passed under the skin and anchored at both ends, resulting in a tightening effect.  This is particularly useful in the cheek area.

Non surgical blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) is another technique which gives consistent good results.  Multiple areas of pinpoint damage are made in the skin of the upper eyelid.  during the healing process, the skin shrinks and firms up, giving the same effect as a surgical lid lift.

Techniques to resurface the skin improve  texture and even out pigment.  There is solid evidence to support the use of lasers, chemical peels and derma rolling.

For the rest of the body, liposuction remains popular and results in weight loss, but must be combined with skin tightening procedures to prevent sagging.  Fat freezing/heating helps destroy fat cells in stubborn areas like the waist, but does not reduce your overall weight.

Breast enlargement and nose reshaping remain firmly in the hands of the plastic surgeons.  The best plastic surgeons work both in the NHS  and the private sector as consultants,  often also managing complex injuries, burns and  reconstruction after breast cancer.