Cosmetic surgery is a discipline and practice which has gained more popularity in recent years and has seen great developments especially over the last decade. With radical improvements to medicine and access to treatment, so too has access to cosmetic interventions improved for many.
Plastic surgery saw a significant increase in demand during the coronavirus lockdowns of 2020, as more people began to reckon with self-esteem issues via video-call technology. But which cosmetic interventions are most popular for boosting confidence?
Abdominoplasty is a common procedure, perhaps better known to the public as a ‘tummy tuck’. The procedure is used to remove scars, blemishes, marks and excess skin from the stomach, and can sometimes be used to address loose muscles in the region.
There is a number of reasons for which someone might opt for a tummy tuck; the most common use is for those who may have been pregnant or lost a significant amount of weight in a short period of time, leaving them with loose skin and stretch marks. Tummy tucks can remove skin and tighten areas with stretch marks, with less conspicuous results that can improve body confidence.
Breast augmentations are another common way in which people address their relationship with their body, with different procedures offering different routes to better confidence and self-esteem. Breast enhancements are popular for those with body image issues, and can improve confidence in one’s look; they are also an option for trans people as part of a suite of feminisation procedures – which can have a profound effect on reducing the effects of gender dysphoria.
On the other side of the coin, breast reduction surgery sees matter removed from the breasts as opposed to added; this is popular for those suffering physical issues as a result of their breast size, where back injuries and posture problems can be common and painful.
Rhinoplasty, otherwise known as a ‘nose job’, is a surgical intervention used to alter the shape and profile of the nose. The nose can often be a focal point for dissatisfaction with one’s appearance, especially when it comes to conspicuous nose shapes. Rhinoplasty involves the sculpting of the nose, by shaving bone and cartilage or strategically breaking the nose to bring areas closer together.
Once again, the reasons for undergoing rhinoplasty are varied – and there are instances in which the procedure can have physical as well as psychological benefits. For example, someone may have broken their nose in an accident, leaving it misshapen and leaving them with difficulty breathing. Here, rhinoplasty can restore normal function as well as improve body confidence.