Cosmetic surgery

Cosmetic surgery

Cosmetic and plastic surgery abroad can help you identify specialist centres overseas. The simplest definition for cosmetic surgery is that it is the group of procedures performed to reshape the structures of the body to improve, repair or restore appearance. Also encompassing plastic and reconstructive surgery, these procedures are characterised by careful preparation of the skin and tissue, and precise cutting and suturing techniques. The recent advances in technology such as miniaturised instruments, new materials for artificial limbs and improved surgical techniques have greatly expanded the range of procedures that are available.

The three types of surgery (cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive), despite having common techniques, have somewhat different emphases. Cosmetic procedures are used to make a person look younger and enhance their appearance, while plastic surgery is usually performed to treat birth defects or blemishes, such as scars and birthmarks. Reconstructive procedures are used to rectify or repair the body, such as reattaching or rebuilding body parts after accidents, skin grafts on severe burns, and reconstructing body parts missing since birth or removed in surgery.

Common cosmetic surgery procedures

Common procedures include, but are in no way limited to:

  • botox
  • breast augmentation, lift or reduction
  • nose reshaping (rhinoplasty)
  • liposuction & lipoplasty
  • face-lift
  • arm lift
  • buttock implants
  • chemical peels
  • ear pinning & reshaping
  • tummy tuck
  • eye bag removal
  • face implants
  • brow lift
  • chin augmentation
  • varicose & spider vein removal
  • lower body lift
  • penis reshaping
  • skin grafting and refinishing
  • reattachment of limbs


A full list of available cosmetic surgery destinations can be found in the search box to the right.

Useful links

Find more in-depth information on cosmetic surgery at:

The British Association of Plastic Surgeons -

American Society of Plastic Surgeons -

UK Department of Health and Aging -​en/​Publichealth/​CosmeticSurgery

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Page last updated: Monday, 23rd November 2009