Plastic surgery is a medical specialty involving the modification, restoration, or reconstructing of the body. It can generally be divided into two major categories: plastic surgery and reconstructive plastic surgery. Plastic surgery generally involves hand surgery, craniofacial plastic surgery, facial plastic surgery, microsurgery, burns, rhinoplasty, liposuction, abdominoplasty, genioplasty, pedicure, breast augmentation, liposculpture, face-lift, chest reduction, neck lift, face lift, hand surgery, arthroscopic surgery, and liposuction. Reconstructive plastic surgery usually involves the repair or replacement of tissue, skin, or muscle that has been severely damaged by disease, severe burns, accidents, trauma, or burns resulting from obesity. This type of plastic surgery can also include breast augmentations, tummy tucks, abdominoplasty, facelifts, plastic surgery for mesotherapy, rhinoplasty, liposuction, and gynecomastia, among others.
As for the reconstructive procedure, it normally involves the repair or replacement of normal or missing skin, tissue, or muscle to correct the effects of serious burns, disease, fractures, or injuries. Skin grafts are sometimes used. The patient may also need to undergo other procedures such as collagen replacement or cosmetically improving hairline or breast size. In some cases, the patient may need to remove excess fat from the body, such as after a breast reduction to create a slimmer appearance. There are many types of plastic surgery. Some can be done on an outpatient basis, while some require hospitalization.
Among the popular cosmetic procedures done today are plastic surgery for abdominoplasty, breast augmentation, face lifts, buttock implants, and botox injections. These are just to name a few. Fillers are also being used for these cosmetic procedures.
The best way to find a good plastic surgeon is through referrals. Friends and family members may have gone through a particular surgeon and would be glad to share their experience with friends and/or family who are considering cosmetic surgery as well. Another source of information would be advertisements placed by plastic surgery centers, clinics, physician offices, and hospitals. Plastic surgeons can also be reached through phone or mail.
The decision to undergo plastic surgery should be considered carefully. This is a major medical procedure that not only affects the physical appearance of an individual, but also his or her self-esteem and sense of confidence. Although plastic surgery does not change biological factors that contribute to a person’s appearance, it can enhance or even improve these factors. For example, a male who has a low self-image because he is not tall or slim may be good candidate for a tummy tuck to attain a more attractive appearance.
One common type of plastic surgery performed today is the face lift. Face lifts serve to tighten the skin on the face, improving its appearance and eliminating fine wrinkles and folds. In the past, plastic surgeons used injectable fillers like botulinum toxin or hyaluronic acid in treating facial folds and other facial disfigurements. Today, dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm are more popular than injectable fillers. These dermal fillers are made from synthetic proteins that fill in lines and wrinkles, giving the facial area a smoother appearance.
Facelifts are also performed by plastic surgeons. This procedure can also help improve the appearance and well-being of patients with excessive fat, stretch marks, sagging skin, under-eye circles, and facial scars. Procedures such as this one can dramatically improve the overall appearance of a patient. Research and certification from reputable plastic surgeons are important for ensuring a patient gets a high quality surgical job.
Cosmetic surgeons perform cosmetic surgeries to boost confidence and boost self-esteem. Some of these procedures can involve breast implants to make a patient appear bigger, lips to give a more sensuous appearance, nose jobs to improve the appearance of a nose, chin, and cheekbones, or face lifts to decrease the appearance of droopy eyelids. Other cosmetic surgeries are geared toward changing body shapes, such as buttocks implants to create a buttocks that is proportional to the size of the body, abdominoplasty to eliminate excess fat, breast reductions to decrease the size of breasts, or hip replacements. Cosmetic plastic surgery is often the only solution for patients who are not able to undergo invasive procedures or take advantage of medical treatments due to serious health conditions, financial difficulties, or unrealistic expectations.