The more unusual cosmetic surgery questions I've been asked

Although there is masses of cosmetic surgery information available on the internet and in the media, patients that attend my cosmetic surgery clinics, held in Leamington and Coventry, are often confused as to what actually takes place or may have digested misleading, or sometimes downright incorrect, information.

Here are some of the queries that have come up during consultations for some of the more popular cosmetic surgery and non-surgical procedures.

If I have lipo can the fat ever come back?

Liposuction is a fantastic body reshaping procedure that I offer my Warwickshire patients as either a standalone procedure or combined with other surgical procedures, such as the tummy tuck, to produce the optimum results.

The truth of the matter is that fat cells removed during the liposuction procedure are permanently removed. However, if you gain weight then the remaining cells will simply get bigger and fat may be distributed around the body slightly differently.

In terms of permanent results, keeping a stable and consistent weight means your new body contours should be unchanging. However, liposuction does not stop the ageing process and there may be changes to your body even if you do not put on a single pound.

If I have Botox will I be injecting a poison into my face?

Botulinum toxin, which is commonly called Botox, is a toxin or poison. It works by temporarily paralysing nerves which instruct our muscles to work. Used for many years to prevent muscle spasms, an eye doctor found that patients treated for blepharospasm, an uncontrollable blinking and spasming of the eye and surrounding area, were reporting that an additional benefit to the treatment was that it smoothed the dynamic wrinkles across the forehead and between the brows.

So, really the question should be: is it safe to inject a toxin into the face? Although there are potentially serious complications associated with Botox, as with all cosmetic treatments, the incidence of these complications occuring is very low.

The amount that I use in treating wrinkles in the upper third of the face is minute compared to the doses required in alleviating muscles tension or spasms in other parts of the body. Botox is temporary and does not ‘travel’ between different muscles, meaning it should only work on the area where it is injected.

Can you become addicted to cosmetic surgery?

Although often overlooked as an addiction, I do believe it is possible for people to become addicted to cosmetic surgery; not a chemical addiction in the way of drug or alcohol addiction, but a behavioural addiction.

It usually stems from insecurities or unhappiness concerning some aspect of appearance and, although you could argue that is the case for anyone who wishes to undergo an elective cosmetic surgery procedure to change or alter their face or body, the majority of cosmetic surgery patients have realistic expectations and should be satisfied with the results of their procedure.
Whilst some people quite reasonably undergo several procedures to address problems in different areas of the body (following significant weight loss, for instance), others have repeat procedures on the same area, never being quite satisfied with the result. However, with each successive operation more scar tissue is created and a vicious circle may be set up making a happy outcome less and less likely.

Although I am not a trained psychologist, I have had many years’ experience treating patients at both my NHS and private cosmetic surgery practice in Warwickshire. As a result, I have become experienced at assessing both the patient’s clinical and emotional needs. If I feel that the patient is suffering from a body dysmorphic disorder or a potential plastic surgery addiction, then I can and will refer them to colleagues who are able to deal with any mental health issues.