Cosmetic Surgery

Before you consider any cosmetic changes to your body you should be aware of the differences between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery.

Plastic surgery is a form of skin surgery or reconstruction procedure that needs to be carried out for medical reasons and can be performed on the NHS. Plastic surgeons help people who have been disfigured from an accident or suffer because of the way they look.

Cosmetic surgery, on the other hand is not needed for medical purposes but usually carried out for aesthetic purposes. This type of surgery is not performed by the NHS and can be expensive. Cosmetic surgery is a huge decision, as it can change your appearance forever.

Think about what you’re trying to achieve. We all want to look like celebrities but is this realistic? If you are unhappy in yourself, address your self-esteem issues before you go ahead with cosmetic surgery, as it may not make your life better in the long term.

Things to consider

  • Think about whether you want cosmetic surgery for the right reasons.
  • Talk to a parent/carer, close family member or a friend about why you are unhappy with the way your body looks. They can help to make you see yourself differently.
  • Do your research. Cosmetic surgery can be expensive and doesn’t always go the way you want it to.
  • Talk to your Doctor/G.P. They may be able to offer other options that you might not have thought about.
  • Don’t rush into anything. Cosmetic surgery is a life-changing decision.


Think beautiful and be beautiful

Beauty comes from the inside as well as the outside. Everyone has their ups and downs in life and we all have our ‘ugly days’, but remember everyone is different and it’s your own features that make you special.

Learning to be happy with yourself is all part and parcel of growing up. Allow your body to develop fully before you consider changing your appearance. Sometimes all you need is a new hairstyle to boost your confidence so start with smaller, everyday changes rather than huge, dramatic changes to your body.

Who can help?

Visit the NHS web site at You can also visit the NHS Direct website at or call the NHS Direct helpline on 0845 46 47 with any problems you may have.

For more information you can also visit the Department of Health website at

Talk to your Doctor/G.P. as they may be able to offer other options that you might not have thought about.

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