What is cosmetic surgery?

Most people in India  are now well aware of cosmetic surgery. By definition, cosmetic surgery refers to any surgery that modifies or improves the appearance of a physical feature, irregularity, or defect. This means that cosmetic surgery changes a normally functioning part of the body to make it look better. Since cosmetic surgery improves form and appearance it is also referred to as aesthetic surgery. Cosmetic surgery is a part/ subset of Plastic surgery.

Why undergo cosmetic surgery? 

Cosmetic plastic surgery is sought after for two main reasons- improving body shape / figure or to fight the visible ageing changes. Cosmetic surgery has moved from a mysterious, obscure art to a well-studied and propagated scientific surgical art form.
For decades cosmetic surgery was considered as an option only for the vain and glamorous. Today the majority of people seeking aesthetic enhancement are regular people from all walks of life. And they are seeking cosmetic surgery not for vanity, but as a means to enhance their self esteem and confidence.
It is not very different from people's aspiration to wear better clothes, live in a better house / neighborhood or to send children to the best school. If the bottom line in life is happiness and if an improved self image leads you there, why not?

Limitations of cosmetic surgery

While you consider cosmetic surgery, it is important to know the scope and limitations of the particular surgery you want to undergo. This is why a detailed discussion with your surgeon is most important.
It is vital to know that cosmetic surgery will not change somebody completely; it can enhance existing features, bring about animproved  appealing look or restore a much more youthful appearance. Cosmetic surgery is not scarless surgery- scars are finer and usually placed in locations that are not easily visble.
The right candidate for cosmetic surgery knows exactly what he/she wants and desires the expected outcome for his/her own personal satisfaction. In short they are not undergoing surgery to satisfy someone else.

Cosmetic surgery in India

The awareness about cosmetic surgery has increased a lot in the last few years in India. Availability of afforadable, safe and effective care in India is making India a good destination for cosmetic plastic surgery for international patients too.
 It is my firm belief that cosmetic surgery is not only beautification; it increases self confidence and empowers people to achieve more in life. And that's why cosmetic surgery is gaining popularity in India.The desire to look attractive transcends geographic and socio economic boundaries. If cosmetic surgery helps people to shed inhibitions, feel more confident and increase their self worth, is it not a positive powerful tool?
As long as self esteem and body image are linked, cosmetic surgery will be relevant and sought after.
As a prospective patient of cosmetic surgery, I would urge you to exercise due diligence- in research about the procedure you are seeking as well as in introspection to know exactly what you want from your surgeon.