A few weeks ago I was having dinner with some friends. Conversation turned, as it so often does while you’re trying to enjoy your dinner, to talk of something a bit gross. In this case it was plastic surgery.
Now I have always said I would never have plastic surgery. It’s expensive, it’s risky and really, I’d rather spend my time and money on something else. Anything else actually. And what’s the deal anyway with having to change the way we look??
Whether it’s a little tummy tuck or a big investment in implants, lots of mums though do toy with the idea of getting a firmer body through surgery. One woman I was with at dinner admitted to having had botox and fillers around her mouth. But just how common is it to actually go through with your surgery dreams?
Numbers from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons shows that, even though household budgets may be getting tighter, cosmetic surgeries on the whole are increasing. In 2011, the total number of surgeries for women increased by 5.8 percent, with breast augmentation – the most popular procedure – experiencing more than a six percent increase. That procedure was followed closely by eyelid surgery and face/neck lift, up 4.8 and 4.7 percent, respectively.
These operations, combined with less common procedures like rhinoplasty, abdominoplasty, liposuction, fat transfer and brow lifts, made for a 2011 total of 38,771 surgeries for women.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t always go to plan.
As more and more people flock to plastic surgeons hoping to get the face or the body that they’ve always wanted, clinical negligence solicitors have reported that claims related to botched procedures have risen, too. In fact, 2011 was the year that the French manufacturer Poly Implant Prothese went into liquidation, uncovering details of potentially harmful silicon meant for industrial use actually composing its breast implants. An estimated 47,000 women could have PIP implants.
This is not to say that surgery is never a positive experience. The key to making the decision of whether to get a cosmetic procedure is to ask yourself why you are pursuing it. If you simply want to improve upon your looks, surgery could be a great way to do that. But if you are thinking of surgery as a way to alter your interactions with others, or as a fix-all solution to other self-image concerns, you are likely to end up disappointed with the results, even if you aren’t a victim of negligence.
Personally, I’d want to dig a little deeper. (Not literally, not with a scalpel or anything…). Someone might say ‘I’m doing it for me, to improve the way I look’ but what does that actually mean? It implies such a whole lot more emotional investment doesn’t it? How do they as an individual imagine that changing the way they look is going to change the way they feel about themselves? Are they hanging hopes of future happiness on something that is so artificial? Is there ever a real justification for putting your life at risk just to change something about your outward appearance?
So, if you do decide to go under the knife, how can you make sure you won’t find yourself in need of medical negligence solicitors? You should always search for a doctor who is certified, or, even better, one who is registered with the General Medical Council. In order to build trust and feel confident that you are in good hands, ask if you can talk to former patients about their surgery experience with the doctor and the medical facility in which they had the operations. Lastly, don’t be afraid to get more than one consultation. You shop around for clothing, food and other mundane items, so it only makes sense to do the same when it comes to your body and your health.
What do you reckon, would you ever consider plastic surgery and if so, what would you have done?