Cosmetic surgery beyond vanity

26 April 2024

By plastic surgeon Dr Dirk Kremer

Photo of woman looking in a mirror surrounded by cosmetic products - Image by Claudio_Scott from PixabayOver the years, we have seen cosmetic surgery evolve beyond its traditional association with vanity and aesthetics. While enhancing one's appearance remains a primary motivation, there's been a notable increase in patients seeking cosmetic procedures for various medical-related reasons.

At Harley Street Aesthetics in London, I understand the importance of addressing both aesthetic and medical concerns through tailored treatments.

In this article, I’d like to delve into some of the various medical reasons driving individuals to consider cosmetic surgery, highlighting the transformative impact of these procedures on overall health and well-being.

Corrective procedures for functional improvements

Rhinoplasty for breathing difficulties

Rhinoplasty, commonly known as nose reshaping, isn't just about enhancing aesthetics. Many individuals undergo this procedure to correct structural abnormalities that hinder breathing. Whether it's a deviated septum, nasal valve collapse, or other nasal obstructions, rhinoplasty can improve airflow and alleviate breathing difficulties.

Blepharoplasty for vision correction

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, serves more than just cosmetic purposes. Patients with ptosis (drooping eyelids) or excess eyelid skin may experience impaired vision due to obstructed sightlines. By removing excess tissue and repositioning the eyelids, blepharoplasty can restore peripheral vision and enhance overall eye function.

Read: The TBT eyelift and rhinoplasty

Reconstructive surgery for restoration

Breast reconstruction after mastectomy

For women who have undergone mastectomy due to breast cancer or other medical reasons, breast reconstruction offers a path to physical and emotional healing. This procedure restores the breasts' shape, symmetry, and contour, helping survivors regain confidence and a sense of femininity after a challenging journey.

Facial reconstruction for facial trauma

Facial trauma resulting from accidents, injuries, or congenital conditions can significantly impact both appearance and function. Facial reconstruction procedures, such as facial fracture repair or scar revision, aim to restore facial harmony and restore normal facial features. These surgeries not only enhance aesthetics but also improve speech, chewing, and breathing functions.

Dermatological procedures for skin wellness

Mohs surgery for skin cancer treatment

Mohs micrographic surgery is a precise technique used to remove skin cancer lesions while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible. This procedure is particularly effective for treating basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, ensuring complete cancer removal with minimal scarring and optimal cosmetic outcomes.

Laser skin resurfacing for skin rejuvenation

Laser skin resurfacing addresses a wide range of dermatological concerns, including acne scars, sun damage, and fine lines. Beyond cosmetic benefits, this procedure stimulates collagen production and promotes skin renewal, resulting in healthier, more youthful-looking skin. Additionally, laser treatments can effectively target vascular lesions, pigmented lesions, and other skin irregularities for improved skin health.

Cosmetic surgery has transcended its traditional boundaries to encompass a spectrum of medical indications, offering patients holistic solutions for both aesthetic and functional concerns. At Harley Street Aesthetics, we prioritise patient well-being and satisfaction, providing personalised treatment plans that address individual needs and goals.

Whether seeking correction for a physical condition, reconstruction after trauma, or dermatological intervention for skin health, our team is committed to delivering exceptional care and transformative results.

To learn more about how I may be able to help don’t hesitate to get in touch to arrange a highly confidential discussion by calling 0845 519 7232, e-mailing or by completing the online enquiry form.


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