The underlying goal of cosmetic surgery is to transform a person’s appearance which enhances their self-esteem and confidence. With the rising popularity of cosmetic surgery, we feel it is important to iron out those long-standing myths which may deter people from considering the opportunity to physically and emotionally transform themselves. Let’s separate the fact from the fiction…

1. Cosmetic surgery is only for women

It is easy to understand why some may think this as women have the majority of cosmetic procedures. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) 2019 Annual Audit reveals that women underwent 92% of all cosmetic procedures recorded in 2018. However, cosmetic surgery is certainly not restricted to women only. Anna offers a range of treatments for men such as surgery for gynecomastia, abdominoplasty and liposuction. So remember guys, we have your back too!

2. Breast implants interfere with breastfeeding

It is totally possible for you to breastfeed with implants, although it does depend on the size and placement of the implants and the type of surgery you had. If the incisions are under the fold of the breast or through your armpit, you should not have any problems breastfeeding. But if the incision is around the areola, you may have problems as there is a chance that the nerves and milk ducts have been damaged.

3. Cosmetic surgery is only for rich people

Most patients are not rich and famous, they are normal people who simply want to enhance their appearance and improve their lives. With over 28,000 UK adults opting to have cosmetic surgery in 2018 you will certainly not be alone!

4. Liposuction will help me lose weight

Liposuction is a procedure that is designed to treat those stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise alone. For this reason, fat removal is most suitable for those who adopt a healthy lifestyle and maintain a fair level of fitness but still suffer from unwanted fat deposits or uneven contours. Liposuction is not a weight-loss tool.

5. Cosmetic surgery is risk-free

All surgeries, including cosmetic surgery, carry an element of risk. Possible risks related to the surgical procedure include: bad scarring, bleeding, infection, altered sensation around the scar, wound healing problems fluid build-up to occur under the skin etc. Complications related to anaesthesia, for example, developing pneumonia, blood clots and rarely death.

Each procedure has specific problems that can occur. Increased risk of complications happens if you smoke or you are obese or above a BMI of more than 31. Anna will discuss all potential risks with you in your consultation.


This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.