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Body Image and Cosmetic Surgery

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Cosmetic surgery is becoming increasingly common for women in the UK, with a whopping 39,070 surgeries performed just last year. Unsurprisingly, women are most likely to seek procedures that will get their bodies back to their pre-baby form—breast augmentations, rhinoplasty, abdominoplasty, fat transfers, and liposuction—but brow lifts and face/neck lifts have been on the rise in recent years as well. Let’s take a closer look at how cosmetic can help improve body image—and a few alternatives that you can try before you go under the knife.

Cosmetic Surgery: Is It Worth It?

There’s no denying that cosmetic surgery can help you feel more confident about the way you look, especially if you’ve been struggling with diet and exercise since the birth of your kids. As well as fixing your perceived problem areas, cosmetic procedures like breast lifts, eyebrow lifts, and face lifts can help you appear more youthful—no more baggy eyes or saggy breasts!

But cosmetic surgeries come with a high price tag, and it’s worth noting here that these types of procedures are not covered by the NHS. As with any operation, there is risk of complications such as blood loss, scarring, nerve damage, and allergic reactions. Remember that while you may be able to make clinical negligence claims to help you recover some of the expenses of a botched operation, the physical and psychological damage done may be irreparable. Hire an experienced medical negligence solicitors if you feel you have a strong case for making a claim.

Boosting Body Image the Natural Way

If the cost, risks or complications of cosmetic surgery have discouraged you from going under the knife, there are other ways to boost your body image the natural way. First and foremost, instead of trying to fit into your old clothes, look for pieces that flatter your beautiful new figure. Dresses, shorts and skirts with an elastic waistbands, and oversized tops with leggings are all classic pieces that will help you look and feel great whenever you step out of the house.

Diet is key to shedding those unwanted pounds. Power foods like leafy green vegetables, oatmeal, beans, legumes, and fat-free dairy products should be the staple foods in your daily diet if you want to reduce stomach fat. If you’re looking to lift your breasts or shape up flabby arms, resistance weight training might do just the trick. Basic pilates and yoga poses aid in the metabolic process and help to tone up muscles as well.

Recent advances in technology have made it possible for women to remove fat without going under the knife. The non-invasive procedure known as cryolipolysis freezes the lipid in fat cells to slowly dissolve fat deposits, while liposculpture uses lasers to liquefy fat. No matter what you choose, make sure you review all information to make sure you’re making the right choice for you.

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