Towards the end of last year I took part in a debate; the topic of which was ‘Are needles and knives a step too far?’.
Clearly, in my profession, I don’t think they are. Although as a specialist in non-invasive cosmetic procedures, I do believe patients can rush into surgery before spending time considering less invasive options.
I thought it would be interesting to share some of my notes from the debate with you.
We live in an ageing society, this means we:
- Live longer
- Retire later
- Have to compete in the workplace with younger people, putting pressure on us to look healthy, not too stressed etc.
- Divorce rates are high but people are keen to find new partners
I also think it’s important to put cosmetic procedures into perspective with other procedures that most people accept as part of everyday life. Dying your hair for instance. Many injectable solutions are far less toxic than hair dye!
Medical developments mean there are many non-invasive, non –toxic ways to improve our appearance. For example:
- Carboxy therapy
- PRP/Dracula therapy
These developments mean many cosmetic surgery procedures now have non-surgical options. However, there are circumstances where being ‘against’ cosmetic surgery would make no sense at all. For example:
- Back pain caused by very large breasts – would you reject a breast reduction?
- A breast reconstruction after cancer?
- Impaired vision can be corrected by laser surgery or blepharoplasty
- Obesity – gastric band or not?
- Botox can be used after strokes to help facial paralysis or for patients with muscular dystrophy
- Migraine sufferers can be helped with botox.
The list goes on and on. And last but not least we come to self- confidence. Even the General Medical Council and the Department of Health recognise that if prescribed after a psychological evaluation procedures should be considered medical and not cosmetic.
If you don’t approve of medical intervention then where do you draw the line? Do you colour your hair? Use fake tan? Apply make-up?
So why is it that some people are so against the idea of cosmetic procedures? I’d be interested to know what you think. Please get in touch, you can reach me via email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @DrDanielSister.
If you’d like to watch some video from the debate, take a look here: