Cosmetic Surgery

Find out more about some of the more common types of cosmetic surgery.

Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)

• For every 20 people that have a nose job, one of them will have it done again.

• It can take up to three weeks for all the bruising to disappear.

• It can take at least a year to fully heal.

• After the operation breathing problems may occur which sometimes persist and can be permanent.

• In rare cases heavy nose bleeding can occur shortly afterwards which requires hospital treatment.

• Risks include damage to your tear ducts and your sense of smell – although this is rare.

• The result is not truly evident for 12 to 18 months.


• Liposuction only removes deep fat and does not treat cellulite.

• One in every 20 liposuction operations is re-done.

• After surgery you can expect painful bruising, swelling and temporary numbness to the area.

• It can take up to three months for the swelling to reduce.

• It can take six months for the skin to tighten.

• Risks include the possibility of organs being punctured by the surgeon’s probe.

• Patients may end up with excess skin which will have to be removed at the same time or after the initial surgery.

Tummy Tuck

• A tummy tuck is one of the most dangerous cosmetic procedures.

• Risks include infection, poor healing that causes bad scarring and in rare occasions a displaced belly button.

• It could take up to six weeks before you are fully active and six months to see the complete results.

Breast Enlargement (Implants)

• In some women, tight scarring may occur around the implant, causing it to become hard and painful.

• The movement of the edge of the implant may occasionally be seen through the skin.

• It’s not always possible to create a full cleavage.

• An implant will never feel exactly the same as real tissue does.

• Implants for young women may need to be replaced at least once in a lifetime.

Breast Enlargement And Uplift

• After surgery, there may be a marked difference in skin and nipple sensation.

• After uplift and enlargement surgery, there is no guarantee that both breasts will be the same size or nipples the same height.

• After uplift and enlargement surgery there will often be a marked difference in skin and nipple sensation.

Breast Reduction

• Breasts may end up lopsided or nipples may not be level.

• During the operation nipples are separated from the milk ducts making breastfeeding unlikely.

• There’s a risk of reduced nipple sensitivity and in rare cases permanent loss of the nipple.

Face Lift

• Risks include the possibility of a haematoma - a collection of blood under the skin that may need to be surgically removed.

• Temporary and in rare cases permanent facial nerve damage can occur, resulting in, for example, a distorted smile.

• Patients may also experience loss of hair around the area of incision.

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