Cosmetic surgery is where a person chooses to have an operation, or invasive medical procedure, to change their physical appearance for cosmetic rather than medical reasons. Non-surgical cosmetic procedures, such as Botox and dermal fillers – typically used to relax or fill crease lines – do not involve surgery.
The goal of cosmetic surgery is to improve a person’s appearance and, thus, self-esteem and self-confidence. Cosmetic surgery can be performed on any part of the face and body.
Unlike the other major type of plastic surgery (reconstructive surgery), cosmetic surgery is undertaken for aesthetic rather than health reasons. It involves operating on healthy body parts, to change their appearance with the aim of improving an individual’s self-esteem and satisfaction with their appearance.