Plastic and cosmetic surgery – Do you know the difference?
In recent years, plastic or cosmetic surgery procedures have become much more popular, and acceptable in the Western world.
With celebrities showing off newly enhance curves, or tightened foreheads, undergoing surgery to change the way we look, seems to have become as commonplace as purchasing a new face cream or beauty product.
In reality, cosmetic procedures still involve going under the knife, and should not be entered into lightly. Whilst surgery to enhance or reconfigure the way we look is a personal choice, plastic surgery is often a necessary reconstructive option and is used to fix or repair damaged or missing features.
How much do you know about plastic and cosmetic surgery in Newcastle upon Tyne?
Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery have very different goals:
- Cosmetic surgery focuses on enhancing the appearance of the patient. From subtle procedures to remove loose skin or pin back an unsightly earlobe, right through to procedures that change the look of your face or body completely, you can chose to make as many changes to your body as you wish.
- Improving the aesthetic appeal, symmetry, and proportion are usually the goals of cosmetic surgery. Because patients chose to change the way they look, cosmetic surgery is often referred to as “elective” surgery. In the UK, qualified plastic surgeons can perform both cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, with many choosing to offer a mixture of both.
- Cosmetic procedures include breast enhancement, breast augmentation, facial contouring, rhinoplasty, chin or cheek enhancements, facelifts, neck lifts, brow lifts, tummy tucks and liposuction.
How is Plastic Surgery Different?
Plastic surgery is used to reconstruct facial and body defects caused by birth disorders, accidents, burns or disease. These are usually surgical requirements and not chosen by the patient to enhance their existing look or features.
Plastic surgery procedures may be undertaken over a period of time, and may take years to fully reconstruct or repair defects. These will often be accompanied by other complementary procedures or therapies to help the patient heal both physically and mentally.
Examples of plastic surgery procedures could be breast reconstruction following removal, burn repair surgery, congenital defect repair like cleft palate for example or scar revision surgery.
How can I find a surgeon to undertake plastic and cosmetic surgery in Newcastle Upon Tyne?
Depending on your individual requirements, there are a variety of options available to you.
If you are having plastic surgery as the result of an illness or accident, you will usually be referred to a surgeon or team or surgeons via you health care provider or hospital. There will usually be no cost for this kind of surgery.
If you are looking for purely cosmetic procedures, you will be able to choose a surgeon that you feel will provide you with the very best results. You will usually have to pay for cosmetic surgery yourself, and you may choose a payment option or a loan to cover the cost.
Here at Olaya Plastic Surgery, our surgeon, Mr Hussain has many years experience of providing first class plastic and cosmetic surgery to patients with a wide variety of needs and requirements.
If you would like to find out more about the plastic and cosmetic surgery that we provide in Newcastle, call us today on 07588 011 166 to find out how we can help you.