The consultant oculoplastic, eyelid and mid face reconstructive surgeon for the NHS, and consultant surgeon at the Norwich Cosmetic Clinic explodes the myths of cosmetic surgery
Understanding cosmetic treatment
There is so much about cosmetic surgery in the media and public eye that it is sometimes difficult to distinguish fact from fiction, and this has given rise to many common misconceptions. As a result, people could be forgiven for making the wrong decision when it comes to cosmetic surgery, as they are acting on information that is sometimes misleading. For example, when considering facial rejuvenation (which is just another word for revival or reinvigoration), it has traditionally been considered that cosmetic surgery is the best option, but this is simply not true.
With the significant advances in fillers and Botox, it is now possible to get results comparable to plastic surgery without the significant recovery time and potential problems that can follow invasive surgery. We can now offer the Nefertiti Neck Lift, so called because of the distinctive profile of the iconic Egyptian queen, which works by using Botox along the jawline and neck. The Eight Point Face Lift uses dermal fillers to restore volume, improve cheek structure, mouth frown, jawlines and the jowl area while Botox injections are used to target deep lines and wrinkles. In addition, many people believe a plastic surgeon is trained for all cosmetic procedures, but this is also a myth. Aesthetic surgery is a separate speciality within the field of plastic surgery, not least because of the principles involved – a cosmetic (aesthetic) surgeon is entirely focused on enhancing a patient’s appearance, while a plastic surgeon specialises in correcting dysfunctional areas of the body and is reconstructive in nature. It is also important to get your initial advice from the right person. While it is commonly believed that a cosmetic adviser is the best person to get information for your cosmetic treatment, this is not the case. If you are considering any form of cosmetic procedure, you must get advice from the person who is going to perform the procedure, that is a cosmetic surgeon. Furthermore you need to find one who specialises in the field of surgery you are considering. Only they have the expertise and experience to guide you in the right direction. It is also important to be realistic about what you are getting into. Another misconception is that a face lift lasts for life; how can this be the case when you obviously still age once you have had a surgical face lift? More worryingly, there is a general belief that young people scar less, but again this is not true. So, when considering cosmetic surgery we urge you to do your research and be sure you are making a decision based on fact not fiction.
“If you are considering any form of cosmetic procedure, you must get advice from the person who is going to perform the procedure, that is a cosmetic surgeon”