Looking Younger is Possible Through Cosmetic Surgery

Studies show that undergoing cosmetic surgery with a qualified and skilled cosmetic surgeon can shave off 7.2 years off your age, on average. The research conducted by plastic surgeons from the University of Toronto in Canada has determined that a person who undergoes cosmetic surgery on their face will look 7.2 years younger.

A group of medical students conducted another study that confirms you will look after younger after cosmetic surgery. They were asked to guess the ages of a 60 people between the ages of 45 and 72, using before and after surgery photos. The research was called “Perceived Age Change After Aesthetic Facial Surgical Procedures”.

The result of the study was that patients who have had several cosmetic surgery procedures on their faces were perceived to look younger.

Leading cosmetic surgeons confirm that, based on their experience, most women wanted to simply look younger as opposed to altering their appearances. The research studies discussed above are proof that this is indeed possible. Yes, surgical facial rejuvenation works!

However, you need to keep in mind that you must always opt for surgery after doing proper research on the cosmetic surgeon/clinic and following consultation.

Men, Not so Averse to Cosmetic Surgery Anymore

Recent studies show a significant increase in the number of men who opt for cosmetic procedures in order to enhance their appearance as well as reverse the effects of ageing. Initially, although men were open to Botox and other forms of non-invasive cosmetic procedures, they were very quiet about it. However with celebrities like Gordon Ramsay and Simon Cowell openly stating that they’ve used cosmetic procedures, the industry saw a sudden rise in demand.

Cosmetic surgeries such as chin implants and nose jobs too have become increasingly popular. Men as young as 21 have opted for cosmetic procedures to boost their self-esteem and alter their appearances. One of the patients, aged 22, stated that he has undergone rhinoplasty [nose job], a chin implant and even Restylane fillers in his cheeks.

Men who undergo cosmetic procedures have reported significant boost in the self-confidence, outlook towards life and even work-life.

However, some men still prefer the procedures to be subtle and not very prominent. Nothing “over-the-top” they say. They want their profiles fixed slightly or cosmetic treatments such as Botox and Dermal Fillers to make them appear young and fresh, without looking artificially made-up.

Chin implants have become increasingly popular because it helps balance the male face. As a result, we foresee more and more men joining the bandwagon and opting for cosmetic procedures.

Brides Spending More on Cosmetic Procedures

It has been reported that brides today are spending more on cosmetic surgery and treatments to look great, than on their wedding dress for the bog day.

Latest studies show that one in ten women spend money on at least one cosmetic surgery or non-intrusive treatment during the days leading up to their wedding day. Botox treatment tops the non-intrusive treatments list, while the “boob job” or breast augmentation remains the most popular surgical procedure. Some leading cosmetic clinics state that their clientele consists of at least 30% women who are brides-to-be.

Experts say that while it is possible to make a relatively inexpensive dress look great by accessorising it right, hiding bad skin or teeth is not that easy. Plus cosmetic procedures give a great confidence boost to new brides on their big day.

Some of the other popular treatments are dermal fillers and hand treatments. Liposuction remains popular amongst women as well.

Choosing a Suitable Cosmetic Surgeon

Here are a few pointers to keep in mind when shopping around for a cosmetic surgeon as it is imperative that you consult the best to get the desired results.

1. Area of Specialty

Plastic surgeons are generally specialised in different branches of plastic surgery, such as cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. While cosmetic surgery deals with all kinds of aesthetic plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery deals with cases such as burns, birth deformities, injuries caused by accidents and other mishaps, congenital deformities etc. Make your choice depending on your need.

2. Surgeon’s Credibility and Certification

Speak to a few people who have undergone cosmetic surgery with the surgeon you’ve shortlisted. Since cosmetic surgery requires extensive knowledge and skill along with a sense of aesthetics, credibility is of the utmost importance. It’s also essential to verify the cosmetic surgeons credentials and certifications by looking him/her up on the directory of British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS).

3. Implementation of Best Practices

When going in for a surgical procedure, hygiene and protocol are aspects that you cannot afford to ignore. Have a good look at the surgeon’s clinic or hospital and the equipment that’s in use. Does the place seem state of the art? Do they maintain high levels of cleanliness? These are questions you need to seek answers for. Also, speak to the surgeon and find out the exact details of the surgery. As a patient, it is your right to know. Ensure you have all your clarifications cleared, especially details pertaining of risks of undergoing the particular cosmetic surgery in question.

4. Frequency

Do not hesitate to ask your surgeon about his past experience of the particular cosmetic surgery you’ve opted for. Ask him/her how long they’ve been practicing for, how many times they’ve performed the type of surgery that you are interested in and also ask to look at before & after photographs. If the surgeon seems to have performed a popular type of cosmetic surgery, a few months back, that’s your sign to get out of there!

5. Cost

Cosmetic surgery can be expensive and it is important that you get value for money. However do not be tempted by offers that seem too good to be true and also bundled offers that may tempt you into opting for a surgery that you don’t really need just because the surgery you are after is offered at a discount!

6. Comfort

This is another important factor as you need to be absolutely comfortable with your cosmetic surgeon as he/she will be operating on you. Also they should be the type who fully understands your concerns and is more than happy to take the extra effort to put your mind at ease and ensure an experience that’s as pleasant as possible.

Decided on Liposuction? Here are some post-surgery pointers!

Similar to most cosmetic surgery procedures, Liposuction is performed as an out-patient procedure, allowing you to go home on the same day. However, the recovery process is another ball game and may take a significant amount of time and care. It is imperative that you take into account this recovery period prior to opting for Liposuction surgery.

Initial Recovery Period

Initial recovery following Liposuction may vary from 1-7 days depending on the individual, area that underwent treatment, size of the treated area and how well the Cosmetic Surgeon’s after-care instructions were adhered to.

During this period, you may experience a significant amount of discomfort, which is typically controllable by taking the prescribed medication. A compression garment will have to be worn after the surgery, on the treated area as it helps to heal into the desired contour. In addition to this the patient may also wear compression stockings to help reduce risk of vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

Serious Complications – What to watch out for?

Although no concrete figures are available for the frequency of serious complications occurring following Liposuction, estimates go as high as 1 in 1,000 patients dying in worst case scenarios. Always keep a watchful eye for the following signs to avoid serious complications.

  • Fever
  • Chest pain
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Inability to catch breath or rapid breathing

If any of the symptoms are observed, it is in your best interests to contact the surgeon’s office immediately. In the event the surgeon is unreachable, going into an emergency room is the next best option.

Complete Recovery

Upon returning to work, avoiding strenuous activity for a period of 4-6 weeks is important. This period may vary depending on the surgeon’s instructions, because it may vary depending on the treatment as well as personal recovery rate.

By the time you return to work, results will begin to appear. This will continue until the final results are experienced by 3-6 months.

Prior to opting for Liposuction, always ensure you shop around for the best possible surgeon and ensure you do not rush in for treatment based on impulse. A fully thought out decision will ensure you remain satisfied for life.

What you need to ask your Cosmetic Surgeon

Once you’ve done your homework and selected a suitable cosmetic surgeon in your locality, here are a few questions that you have to ask him before going in for surgery. The answers to these will help you get comfortable with the whole process and also get the best results.

  •  Am I a suitable candidate for the surgery? Are there any non-invasive cosmetic treatments that may suit me better?
  • What results can I hope to achieve? Are my expectations realistic?
  • Does my medical history have any impact on the surgery? Will you be liaising with my GP?
  • What is the surgery process like?
  • What anaesthetics will be used?
  • How long will I have to remain in hospital after the surgery?
  • What is the overall downtime?
  • What day-to-day activities do I have to refrain from?
  • Will I experience any pain or discomfort? Will the surgeon provide any after-care medication?
  • What do I need to keep in mind when I’m at home after surgery?
  • How long will the results last?
  • What is the total cost of the surgery? Does it include aftercare treatment and medication as well?
  • What are the potential risks related to the particular cosmetic surgery that I am about to undergo?


Facelift surgery is very popular for its capabilities of reversing the effects of ageing by removing wrinkles and folds.

As you age, your facial muscles begin to loosen and your skin loses its elasticity, paving way for the formation of wrinkles and folds. Facelift surgery gives you a youthful and fresh appearance by minimising wrinkles and folds.

The procedure removes excess skin from the neck, chins and cheek areas and then smoothens the skin. It also tightens the tissue underneath to give a fresh and tight appearance. In recent years, facelift surgery has become popular among men and women alike, for aesthetic as well as reconstructive purposes.

The Procedure

Facelift surgery can give you a full facelift or simply lift your brow area, lower face or neck. A typical facelift surgery is carried out by making an incision along the hairline, starting at the temple and going downwards while curving behind the ears underneath and back up to the next ear. If your jaw line is also sagging, the incision goes up to the chin. After the incision, the skin is lifted and the overlapping excess skin is trimmed away.


You’ll notice that the wrinkles on your face will have disappeared along with the lose skin around your neck and other areas. You will get a fresher and younger looking appearance.

Facelift surgery results have been reported to last for 7-10 years. You must keep in mind, however, that the surgery does not halt the ageing process. Instead it will allow you to age gracefully allowing you to look much younger. You can even ask your surgeon to show you before and after photographs along with 2D or 3D images to get a complete understanding of what results you can expect.

Closing thoughts

Always ensure that you check your cosmetic surgeon’s credentials and track record before going in for surgery. Check referrals, affiliations and of course get details of procedures or previous surgeries the surgeon has done before. The initial consultation will give you a good opportunity to clarify all your doubts. A good cosmetic surgeon will be very patient when handling your questions and will make sure that your mind is at complete ease before the surgery.

Opted for a Facelift and nervous?

Opted for a Facelift and nervous? Here’s what you need to ask your surgeon…

Undergoing a life changing surgery is big decision and understandably may tend to cause nervousness. The first thing to do is to shop around the best Cosmetic Surgeon / Clinic to treat you. Your initial consultation with your Surgeon will be the next step towards a Brand New YOU. At this consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your condition and ascertain whether you are a suitable candidate to undergo a Facelift Surgery. It is only natural that a thousand questions will cloud your mind and you may even feel nervous to have those questions answered. Fear not – a good cosmetic surgeon will be open to answer all your queries and put your mind at peace at the initial consultation itself.

We’ve given you a list of questions that you can ask your surgeon to get a clear picture of the experience you are about to undergo.

General Questions

  • Is Facelift Surgery suitable for me?
  • Are there any alternatives that may suit me better, such as non-invasive treatments like Botox and Dermal Fillers?
  • Will there be a very noticeable difference between the results and how I look now?
  • What is the total cost of the procedure?
  • Does the cost include follow treatments and medication?

Questions relating to the procedure

  • Can you brief me on the surgery process?
  • What is the success rate of this surgery?
  • Are there any risks or complications that I’m exposing myself to by undergoing a Facelift?
  • What’s the duration of the surgery?
  • What preparations must I make prior to the surgery date and on the day of the surgery?

Questions relating to after-care

  • How long is the recovery period?
  • Will I have to take time off work and other extracurricular activities?
  • Will I experience any discomfort or pain?
  • Will I require someone to help me at home?
  • What specific activities do I need to refrain from and for how long?
  • Do I have to wear any special dressings during the recovery period and will it be provided by the clinic?

Please note that we have outlined the above under the assumption that you’ve done your homework on the surgeon/clinic and made a wise choice on same. You may select a Good Surgeon based on referrals, checking his/her professional affiliations, condition of the clinic (is it clean and state of the art), manner in which the surgeon interacts with you and also some secondary research via Internet and medical journals.