Any form of surgery that is performed solely to improve the appearance of a person is referred to as cosmetic surgery. It may vary from removing an ugly mole or a nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) to a breast augmentation or a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). It is often performed to remove the natural signs of ageing.
The risks of cosmetic surgery are the normal risks of any general anaesthetic, infection, abnormal scar formation and more seriously fat embolism that may kill some patients.
Cosmetic surgery may be performed by a plastic surgeon or a less well-trained doctor who performs these procedures on request.