With cosmetic surgery becoming accepted part of, day-to-day life, a common misconception among many people is that cosmetic surgery will transform the patient's life by inspiring success and giving them unlimited confidence.

You only need to speak to people who have been disfigured through accident, illness or genetic condition to know how empty that claim is. Many of these people would rather not have to go to hospital but they have to endure painful reconstruction surgery time and time again for the good of their health.

Changing Faces, the national support group for people who are disfigured, advises its clients that confidence is the key to overcoming low self-esteem and the difficulties imposed on them by society.

In reality, cosmetic surgery cannot be the key to a top job or a loving relationship because confidence comes from within and success is certainly achieved only through hard work.