Can you look good without surgery?
With cosmetic surgery on the rise, we explore science’s natural alternatives.
Britons’ appetite for sculpting themselves better doesn’t just extend to gymgoers; more and more of us are taking to the knife to beat nature. New data from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons found that 51,140 procedures were carried out in 2015, up 13% on the previous year. Is our obsession with perfection driving us to dysmorphia or is botox simply one more weapon in the fight against ageing? MH dissects your most-asked cosmetic questions.
What you’re buying
“Patients report higher levels of self-confidence after undergoing a cosmetic procedure,” says cosmetic doctor Dennis Wolf from the Private Clinic of Harley Street. “Cosmetic surgery, for the right patient, can help to increase self-confidence but, more than this, it can help to give the patient the encouragement they need to take greater care of their body and lead a healthier lifestyle overall.”
Should you buy?
It’s not like getting a tattoo in a seaside town – cosmetic surgery requires a bit of forethought via a consultation process. It’s not just for the patient either – Dr Wolf claims he uses consultations to assess if the treatment’s right for the patient. “I consider everything from the patient’s general health and fitness, their age and motivations for seeking treatment,” says Wolf. “I also look into the patient’s history for signs of body dysmorphia, eating disorders or any other mental health conditions.”
Whether you should be seriously considering surgery is, for our money, a deeply personal matter. When it comes to liposuctions and tummy tucks – or god forbid, pectoral or bicep implants – we recommend committing to fitness with weight loss or bulk-up workouts rather than simply throwing money at the aesthetic problem. But if your chin is really holding you back, who are we to tell you not to reshape it?