Love handles, man boobs, and women with moustaches

Are hang-ups about podge, unwanted hair, and all things disappointingly saggy a modern phenomenon, or are we just being presented with solutions to problems we werenít aware we had? Think of cosmetic surgery and five years ago you would probably have pictured an A-list celebrity looking particularly good for their age, or one that had gone too far in the pursuit of perfection, but these days the practice is growing much closer to home. Do you know someone who has dabbled in Botox? Had a boob job? Or even a mummy makeover Ė a combination of liposuction, tummy tuck and breast surgery to return new mums to the way they looked before pregnancy? The chances are that someone you know has at least considered altering a part of their body or face and, with this in mind, itís about time that attitudes towards cosmetic surgery were altered too. Recent studies have shown that an increasing number of people are at ease with the thought of cosmetic surgery, that large numbers would consider it when the fine lines and wrinkles start to appear, and that brides-to-be are willing to fork out thousands to look their best on the big day. Casual phrases such as nip Ďní tuck and boob job help to dispel any taboos that might remain but they can also trivialise what is essentially a medical practice that should be taken seriously. Even something non-invasive like laser hair removal can carry risk if performed by an unqualified person, and the dangers of opting for cheap liposuction or breast enlargement surgery abroad have been tragically illustrated in recent news stories. For women who have a hang up about their faint moustache, or men whose man boobs would put the chests of some women to shame, itís vital to realise that while cosmetic surgery is easier to come by, it has also never been more important to do your research and stick to reputable clinics only.