Information guide to cosmetic plastic surgery

Cosmetic plastic surgery is a medical speciality that focuses on changing the appearance. In a time where our appearance is becoming increasingly important to our inner well being, it is not surprising that the interest in plastic surgery is growing faster than ever.

What is the difference between cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery?

Plastic surgery is usually divided into two sections, reconstrutive surgry and aeshtetic cosmetic surgery. However, reconstructive surgery is generally provided to restore the form and function of the body due to illness or injury. Reconstructive surgery is also mainly performed in the public health care.

Aesthetic cosmetic surgery aims to improvem change or restore the appearance of a person according to their own personal preferences. Therefore, aesthetic cosmetic procedures are performed at private clinics or hospitals and must be funded by the patient.

The information on this page is primarily about aesthetic cosmetic surgery, but may also include information within some areas of reconstructive surgery.

The interest in cosmetic plastic surgery increases

The interest in cosmetic plastic surgery has over the last 10 years increased dramatically and more people choose to put themselves under the knife to improve their appearances.

According to The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons women in the UK accounted for 90.5 % of all cosmetic procedures in 2013 – a total of 45,365 surgeries.

The most popular surgical procedures are breast enlargement, eyelid surgery, face and neck lift, breast reduction, rhinoplasty, liposuction and tummy tuck.

In 2013, the most popular procedure among men was rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, breast reduction and liposuction. Statistics show men had 9.5% of all surgical procedures in 2013 with a total of 4,757 – a rise of 16% compared to 2012.

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