The opposite to emergency surgery, elective surgery is any surgical procedure that is planned in advance. Classified as non-emergency procedures, elective surgery may be either medically required, for example procedures such as tonsillectomies, or optional, such as cosmetic treatments.
Elective surgery may extend the life of a patient, or improve their quality of life physically and/or psychologically.
Cosmetic procedures such as facelifts, tummy tucks or nose surgery may not be medically necessary, but they may benefit the patient by raising their self-esteem.
Other elective procedures such as cataract or laser eye surgery ultimately improve an individual’s functional quality of life, even though they are technically regarded as an ‘optional’ or elective procedure.
While, in some instances, elective surgery may be a life saving procedure such as an angioplasty, the surgery is usually scheduled at a time to suit the patient, rather than being performed as an emergency, in cases such as appendectomies.
The full list of elective surgery procedures is extensive, but includes:
The majority of cosmetic surgery procedures are elective. Whilst there are many types of elective cosmetic surgery available, popular procedures include:
Abdominoplasty - also known as a ‘tummy tuck’, this procedure sculpts and reshapes the abdomen
Blepharoplasty - eyelid surgery which involves reshaping the eyelids
Breast augmentation - involves the enlargement of the breasts using either saline or silicone gel implants
Buttock augmentation - involves enhancing the size and shape of the buttocks, either using silicone implants or fat grafting and transfer from other areas of the body
Chin augmentation - sculpting or reshaping the chin with a silicone implant
Cheek augmentation - sculpting the cheeks
Facelift - or rhytidectomy, this procedure tightens and lifts the muscles beneath the skin of the face, whilst removing or repositioning sagging skin
Gynaecomastia - reduces the glandular component of male breasts
Liposuction - targeted removal of fat from the body using a cannula and vacuum
Mastopexy - also known as a breast lift, this procedure raises and reduces sagging breasts
Mesotherapy - an alternative to liposuction, this procedure involves fluids being injected to break down and dissolve any fat
Neck lift - removes excess fat and sagging skin and tightens the muscles beneath the skin of the neck. This procedure is often performed in conjunction with eyelid or forehead surgery
Rhinoplasty - reshaping of the nose
Otoplasty - also known as pinnaplasty, this procedure improves the position and shape of the ears
Thigh lift - lifts and tightens any loose skin on the thighs and reduces excess skin, resulting in a firmer, smoother shape
Some elective cosmetic treatments are classified as non-surgical, including:
Dermal fillers - enhance the appearance of the skin using collagen, fat or other tissue filler such as hyaluronic acid
Laser resurfacing -improves the appearance and texture of the skin
Wrinkle smoothing - Botox is injected to temporarily improve early signs of aging and achieve a smoother more youthful appearance
Before you commit to any surgical procedure, you should have a full consultation in order to understand what the procedure involves, aftercare and the expected outcome. This will help you determine if it is the right choice for you.
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