Cosmetic surgery includes a wide range of different procedures and with each procedure there are many different advantages and disadvantages to consider before going forward with the procedure. One of the main advantages is that you can lose a large amount of body fat in just hours, and this can result in people feeling better about themselves and living a healthier lifestyle as a result. Facelifts are also a popular procedure and can result in 10 or 20 years being taken off your appearance. What other advantages and disadvantages are there?


One of the biggest disadvantages is the cost, cosmetic surgery can be expensive, and for example a Botox injection can cost as much as £260, breast reductions range from £2,200 to £4,000 and facelifts average over £4,000. However you shouldn’t be put off by the price because there are ways you can afford the high costs. There many ways to save money on the procedures, for example some clinics will offer low monthly payments, you may also be able to use finance companies to pay for the treatment and some cosmetic surgery schools may even offer discounts.

Cosmetic Surgery – Advantages and Disadvantages


Generally the risks are very low, however when things do go wrong it is usually because the wrong doctor has been chosen. In the worst case you may be risking your life, but at the very least you would end up worse than before you went for the treatment. For example a bad doctor may not use sterile equipment which can result in irregularities, asymmetries, puckers, divots and dimples.  Anaesthesia used in cosmetic surgery can also cause problems including blood clots, temporary paralysis, abnormal heart rhythm and more. To avoid having these problems you should always ensure you choose a doctor who is fully qualified and certified.

Cosmetic Surgery – Advantages and Disadvantages

Recovery Time

You need to keep in mind that it may take a while to recover from cosmetic surgery as your body needs time to adjust to the new changes. This means you will have to take time off work and extra time may be needed if your job is physically straining. For most procedures the recovery time will be around 1 or 2 weeks, however more complex procedures will require more time, for example a body lift may require between 3 to 4 weeks of recovery. Your doctor will advise you on the recommended recovery time for your procedure.


In order to receive treatment you must meet a certain criteria. If you suffer from health conditions such as lung disease, hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, malnourishment and severe depression obesity then you will not be able to receive any cosmetic treatment. If you are a fairly healthy person then cosmetic surgery can be an advantage. If you are a smoker then you will need to quit smoking for two weeks before the surgery and also for two weeks after the surgery. This can provide smokers with an incentive to quit smoking for life.


Cosmetic procedures are very safe and the majority of people who get treatment are happy with the results and suffer few side effects, if any. A disadvantage is that 4% of cosmetic surgery procedures have some type of complication after the treatment. The majority of problems associated with cosmetic surgery arise when the treatment is carried out in Mexico and other countries where the procedures are generally cheap.

This article has been put together for people considering cosmetic surgery, it is important to consider all of the facts before you commit. The advantages and disadvantages need to be considered before you receive any treatment.