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The risks of cosmetic surgery that media didn’t tell you

A record number of Britons went under knife for beauty in 2015. If you are considering cosmetic surgery, here’s what you should know.


New data from the British Association of Anesthetic Plastic Surgeons shows the number of cosmetic surgery operations reached a record in 2015, with more than 50,000 surgical procedures – an 13% increase on the year before.

The growing popularity of cosmetic surgery reflects the recovering economy and increasing influence from media and celebrity, according to Dr. Nilesh Sojitra, consultant surgeon and member of British Association of Anesthetic Plastic Surgeon (BAAPS).

In the past few years, more celebrities are willing to openly talk about their cosmetic operation like Patricia Heaton, who said in Ron Jacobsohn’s interview, “my philosophy is, you don’t want to change how you look, you just want to look your best”.  According to Business Insider, various studies show that beauty provides measures of health, good genes, intelligence, and success, it is also reported that attractive people tend to make 10 – 15% more money in their life.

Photo credit Business Insider

More than ever before, the media is telling us about the benefit of being good looking, and the culture of look created by this has been encouraging people to  improving their appearance more, and more, and more.

However, Cosmetic surgery is probably not a safe solution for those who dream for beauty. Here are the potential risks of the operation that are often ignored by media.

Get wrong information or cowboy surgeons

Statistic shows that one in five who have plastic surgery are unhappy with the outcome. Many are forced to undergo a series of subsequent, more costly operations to improve or repair the damage caused by “cowboy” practitioners.

Dr. Barry Jones, based at Harley Street, London, which has been famous for its large number of private beauty clinics, noticed that patients tend to seek information on the internet. He believes this is a mistake that could lead to disappointing results.

Patients now have access to a great deal of information, but they are not necessarily better informed. Because most information about medicine on the internet need some kind of interpretation, which require background knowledge. It is also very difficult to distinguish information and promotion, and they are apparently different things.

Barry Jones

However, those who do walk into a beauty clinic for consultant may still be failed by unqualified surgeons,  noted by BAAPS member Dr. Sojitra, who revealed that some doctors practicing at the Harley Street and showing up on television are not even plastic surgery specialist.



Become addicted to cosmetic surgery

Charlotte Mozes, 36, is a writer who writes about cosmetic surgery. Her Done List includes nose job, lip augmentation, breast lift with implant, liposuction and laser resurfacing, which already cost her nearly £20,000,but she has more on the To Do List.

She has watched it through her career and believes that there could be an addiction in cosmetic surgery. In her personal experience, she has been seriously reflected the necessity of the operations, and is “very definite on what I will and will not do”.

However, on the route to pursuing beauty, some are not as rational as Charlotte. A mother from Rugby named Georgina Morris even allow her daughter, Kayla Morris, 21, to drop school and fund their plastic surgery by stripping.

Georgina and Kayla Morris

In the past three years, the pair have had 15 rounds of lip injections to plum up their plastic pouts, three sets of cheek fillers and over 18 Botox sessions, which cost £60,000 in total.

I don’t mind having a sugar daddy or stripping to pay for our cosmetic work, cause we are living in the dream.

Georgina Morris

This extreme addiction to changing body image is a disorder, explained by Alexandra Townshen, psychotherapist from Talking Treatment Association.


Implanted with unsafe products

The PIP implants filled with industrial silicon had affected 300,000 women around the world in 2012, a quarter of them are British. The shell of this implant has 4 times greater chance of rupture and the industrial silicon will cause serious injury.

PIP breast implant Photo credit AFP
PIP breast implant (Photo credit AFP)

Transform, a London based cosmetic surgery company who offer free removal for victims, the Royal Collage of Surgeons in capital, and the BAAPS all blame the failure of regulation, and have been pressing a change in the law. However, 6 years later, the call is still being ignored.

Operations offer people the chance to have a better appearance, but there is more to concern before put yourself under the knife. When cosmetic surgery gaining popularity, it is important to calm down and understand the risks behind the beauty.