Woman Preparing for Nose Surgery

Getting plastic surgery is a huge step and is a personal decision that should be researched extensively before you take the leap. We strongly believe that everyone has the right to choose for themselves if they want to change something about their face or body. With technology today, you are spoilt for choice on the different kinds of procedures you can do, many of which do not require you to go under the knife or have surgery at all. Today we share all you need to know about cosmetic surgery and the questions you should ask yourself to help you decide if you should get plastic surgery. 

What Is the Difference Between Plastic Surgery and Non-Invasive Procedures?

Procedures that are considered cosmetic or plastic surgery are things like breast augmentation (making breasts larger or smaller), liposuction, tummy tucks, gastric bypass surgery and rhinoplasty (nose job). You’ll need to check into a hospital for these procedures and some even require an overnight stay. Plastic surgery is performed by a board-certified surgeon and a surgical team in the hospital and many procedures require you to go under general anaesthetic. Plastic surgery carries risks you must understand and be prepared for before choosing to move forward. We will discuss those below. 


On the other hand, there are many alterations you can make to your face and body that do not require surgery at all. These are the kinds of cosmetic treatments we offer in our London clinic. They are considered non-surgical or non-invasive meaning they don’t cut deep into the skin’s surface and do not require a visit to or stay in hospital. You can’t get the same permanent results with non-surgical procedures, but many people choose them over surgery because of the reduced risks and cost. We recommend you visit and have consultations with both plastic surgeons and with clinics like ours to see which way you should go. 

What Results Are You Expecting to Have from Plastic Surgery?

If you’ve decided you don’t like something about your face or body, have you explored the reason behind this? The media and celebrity culture influences how we feel and perceive ourselves. No one seems to age and celebrities look perfect — but this isn’t natural and perfection isn’t real. Many celebrities have had plastic surgery and Botox, so their perfection is fake. We encourage anyone unhappy with their physical appearance to first think about why you have these feelings. Are they influenced by the media or someone else in your life? Is having plastic surgery really going to improve your life and wellbeing? If you feel like it’s the right decision to go under the knife, then you want to make sure you understand all the risks and choose the right surgeon for your procedure.

Do You Know the Risks Associated with Plastic Surgery?

The risks that come with going under the knife are real. You could have complications during the surgery or from the anaesthesia. The worst things that could happen are infections, necrosis or death. It’s rare, but it is a risk, so you need to think hard about your decision. Milder, more common side effects include scarring, nerve damage and blood clots. There could be complications associated with the surgery immediately after or many years later because mistakes can happen even with the most skilled surgeon. You may end up with results you don’t like — and a botched procedure is hard to reverse and could even get worse over time. You may be left with an uneven shape or dimples in the skin in the case of liposuction. So plastic surgery isn’t something to take lightly.

Choose the Best Surgeon for Your Procedure

Make sure you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon and that they spend all the time you need during the consultation going over the procedure, what the risks are, and answer any of your questions. If you feel they aren’t helpful or they are pressuring you into a procedure, find a new surgeon. You want someone who is not only an expert in their field but also makes you feel at ease and comfortable with the surgery.

Are you thinking about trying a non-surgical cosmetic procedure instead of plastic surgery? Book a free no-obligation consultation with our aesthetic treatment experts. We offer the best non-invasive cosmetic treatments in London to meet all your needs.

Founder at Harley St M.D.
Dr. Chia Tan is a UK trained medical doctor that specialises in cosmetic and aesthetic medicine and testosterone replacement therapy. He is qualified as a medical doctor since 2003 and has since trained extensively. He has been featured in several leading magazines as well as invited to appear on TV to discuss aesthetic medicine and the latest cosmetic procedures.
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