03 November 2008

Dr Thomas Stuttaford has published an article in The Times asserting plastic surgery's position in society as "relevant to modern life".

Dr Stuttaford, 77, wrote of the history of cosmetic surgery, from being used in reconstructive surgery for mutilated and burned war victims to corrective surgery for the victims of bullying. He claims that plastic surgery is "increasingly relevant to modern life", playing a greater part in our development as it progresses.

Cosmetic surgery has undergone great changes since it first came into general use in the UK nearly 100 years ago. From being used only in the most extreme circumstances, it is today possible for any adult to undergo surgery for myriad reasons and procedures. Whether a patient has suffered physical harm that has left them in need of reconstructive surgery, they feel self-conscious about their nose or they wish to have a tummy tuck up after losing a massive amount of weight, surgery is readily available and an increasingly popular form of self-improvement.

Last week, glamour model Alicia Douvall revealed the same sentiments when she told the Daily Mail that "surgery is just the modern day next-level". She hit the headlines when she divulged that she had undergone 14 breast augmentations on the Channel 4 television show, Miss Naked Beauty.

Today, aesthetic surgery is increasingly common with more and more people feeling that it is losing the negative stigma it used to have. Popularisation of non-surgical treatments, such as wrinkle relaxing injections, have seen to a rise in smaller procedures favoured for convenience and effect - such as facelifts and dermal fillers, both of which have been advertised by some companies as 'lunchtime' treatments.

It is certain that cosmetic surgery has come a long way since its inception and undoubtedly will continue to form a part of our society - in the future, further developments could see a range of new procedures made available to the public.