The Reality of Cosmetic Surgery

In 2017, there was over 28,000 cosmetic surgery operations carried out in the UK; 8% less than 2016 according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Whilst this sort of procedure appears to be in decline, the number of non-surgical cosmetic treatments is soaring.

The plethora of non-invasive treatments that are now available has meant that Botox, Lip Fillers and Dermaplaning are the norm rather than surgery.  Celebrity endorsements, social media ‘facial filters’ and most recently ‘The Love Island effect’ appear to be promoting the importance of body image and in turn, cosmetic procedures.

The flip side of this increasing popularity is that the procedures don’t always go as a patient planned. Patients can have expensive treatments that do not turn out how they would like or how they thought they would. They may not meet the patient’s expectations. This can lead to them needing more treatment to correct the problem. Patients can become upset and depressed as a result. In worse cases the effects can be life changing.

Concerns have now been raised by The Mental Health Foundation and the Chief Executive of NHS England in relation to the advertising of Cosmetic Surgery clinics during the breaks of “Love Island”. They are perceived to put pressure on viewers to “improve” their appearance; encouraging them to part with considerable amounts of money in pursuit of a better look.

SISU Aesthetics Clinic has reported a 200% surge in demand for lip fillers since the 2018 series of the show and have now released their own ‘Love Island Package’ to coincide with the show.

Whilst there have been positive developments in relation to regulating the cosmetic industry, critics say they do not go far enough to protect customers from mistakes and mis-treatment. What people may not know that is that fewer than 20% of all procedures are performed by medical trained clinicians. It is critical that those considering both surgical and non-invasive cosmetic treatment conduct extensive research prior to undergoing a procedure and use a reputable company. If you have a history of mental illness you should let the team know at the consultation stage. The consultants must explain in plain English what to expect in terms of outcomes and you must be sure that you understand what to expect. Preparing for the procedure in terms of information gathering and asking the right questions is vital. You should also ensure you get proper answers to help you with your decision making.

If you have undergone cosmetic surgery that has been performed incorrectly or resulted in lasting injury, contact our specialist team on Price Slater Gawne today on 0161 615 5554.