The art of enhancing the human body has been carried out for millennia. The ancient Egyptians were clearly artistic, used cosmetic make-up and almost certainly employed crude cosmetic surgery. The Indians of pre-Christianity reconstructed noses as did the Renaissance Italians. The techniques we use today in cosmetic surgery were first devised in the early part of the 20th Century in the major cities of Europe. Sir Harold Gillies, father of modern plastic surgery, not only reconstructed the unfortunate soldiers of the First World War but also harvested the various techniques of aesthetic surgery and refined them into the specialty of cosmetic surgery we know today.
Significant strides have clearly been made since the days of Gillies as our intimate knowledge of the anatomy and instrumentation has improved. We therefore have the ability to dissect tissues endoscopically leaving no real scar. Similarly we can sculpture the human form using liposuction. The nasal shape can be changed without scars and the face can be lifted with highly concealed scars.
As an individual seeking improvement in whichever part of the body concerns them there is almost certainly a number of options available and they will need advice as to the advantages and disadvantages of each of them. It is therefore important for someone considering such surgery to have confidence in their surgeon and know that he has sufficient experience to carry out the work they require.
The primary aim of cosmetic surgery is not just alteration of form it is to do with making a person feel better about themselves, improving self-confidence and benefiting their quality of life.
I'm so grateful to Mr Harrison for my wonderful new nose. I have much more confidence and feel fantastic.
Ms. S. D., Surrey