Cosmetic surgery aims to improve the appearance of the human body, usually for aesthetic purposes that are deemed not strictly medically necessary for proper anatomical functioning, and is therefore optional or elective. The desire for surgery can arise after the removal of tumours, after burns or from congenital disorders present from birth. Also known as “plastic surgery”, cosmetic procedures seek to sculpt or reshape the body to either its former appearance in the case of reconstructive surgery or into what society or the patient deems “normal” or desirable.
In the field of reconstructive cosmetic surgery, there are a number of common procedures that involve the:
- Burns and scarring
- Cleft lip palate
- Skin cancer
For cosmetic surgery on the head or face, the most common procedures are:
- Ear pinning
- Eyelid surgery
- Face lift
- Neck lift
- Nose surgery
- Scar revision
- Skin rejuvenation by laser
For cosmetic surgery on the body, the most common procedures are:
- Abdominal etching
- Abdominoplasty (aka tummy tuck)
- Body contouring
- Buttocks lift
- Arm lift
- Spider veins
- Thigh lift
Other forms of cosmetic surgery include labiaplasty and nipple enhancement for inverted nipples.
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Cosmetic procedures carry both major and minor risks. Major risks may include heart attack, stroke or even death from botched surgery, whereas minor risks include further patient dissatisfaction with body image.
Expert witnesses in the field of cosmetic surgery are often called upon to provide expert opinion in cases involving procedures, complications and patient responses. Our experts are well versed in providing opinions based on their extensive careers in the field. They may give opinions regarding every aspect of cosmetic surgery.
Practitioners in cosmetic procedures are most commonly engaged by our clients for medical negligence and personal injury claims.
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