Cosmetic surgery was once a taboo subject talked about in whispers. Thanks to the likes of the Kardashian Family, over the recent years – it has not only become a more acceptable subject to talk about, but the number of people having cosmetic procedures on their body has also increased.

Figures by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) found that over 28,000 cosmetic surgery procedures took place in 2018, compared to just 10,700 procedures in 2003.

There is an array of different types of cosmetic surgeries available, read on to find out our head-to-toe rundown on some of the most common types of cosmetic surgeries:


  • Forehead lift (Brow Lift or Temporal Lift)

This procedure corrects creases “frown-lines” in the forehead skin, sagging eyebrows and hooded or droopy upper eyelids.

  • Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)

This is one of the most commonly performed functional and aesthetic facial cosmetic procedures. It deals with the upper and lower eyelid and corrects droopiness, asymmetry, or if the eyelid causes vision impairment.

  • Rhinoplasty (Nose job)

Out of all the cosmetic procedures, this is the most common one, but, it also one of the most challenging. Due to its challenging nature, revision rhinoplasty – which is a follow-up procedure after the primary rhinoplasty – may be undertaken. This procedure reshapes and resizes the nose.



  • Breast augmentation (Breast Implants or Boob job)

This procedure usually involves inserting breast implants (made of silicone gel or saline) to increase the size of breasts. This is generally done to change the breast shape or make them evener.

  • Abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck)

This procedure is usually done to improve the shape of the tummy area by making the abdomen thinner and more firm. This cosmetic surgery involves removing excess fat and loose skin from the middle and lower abdomen and tightening the abdominal muscles.

  • Liposuction

This type of procedure is undertaken to remove unwanted body fat. It is usually done in areas where it is hard to lose fat through exercise and a healthy diet. This type of cosmetic procedure is done to alter the body shape and look more toned.

Lower body:


  • Vulvovaginal surgery (Vaginoplasty and Labiaplasty)

These procedures aim to restore the normal function of the appearance of the vagina or labia. Vaginoplasty (vaginal tightening) is a procedure commonly done by women who are concerned about the look and feel of their vagina after childbirth or the natural ageing process. Labiaplasty is surgery on the “lips” which surround the vagina, to change the shape or size of the labia, and can be done for medical or cosmetic reasons.

  • Butt Lift

This type of procedure is to top improve the appearance of the buttock area. The surgery involves removing excess fat and skin from the buttock and repositioning the remaining skin to create a more toned look.


  • Thighplasty

This procedure is used to tighten and improve the overall appearance of thighs, it can reduce sagging in the outer or inner thigh, and this type of surgery is often performed on patients who have lost a lot of weight.

  • Cinderella Foot Surgery

This procedure is designed to improve function, relieve chronic pain and treat deformities in the foot. It is for people with a splay or spread foot as these conditions usually lead to more problems such as bunion deformity on the big toe.

Many cosmetic surgeons will be specialists in the specific area of the body they would be doing surgery on.  For example, if you are looking to get any eyelid surgeries, look for surgeons in London that are highly skilled in ophthalmic and oculoplastic procedures, or if you are considering labiaplasty getting a consultation from a gynaecologist in London would be the sensible first step. If you are considering any type of cosmetic procedure ensure that you have properly thought it through, you’ve done some thorough research and only go for a consultation with a qualified and highly trusted surgeon.