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Review of Common Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

By Angie Tidwell


In recent years, Cosmetic surgery has become a very popular self-enhancement tool for both women and men. In the past, cosmetic surgery was viewed as an elective surgery that only the very rich could afford, however it has become a more widely used method of enhancing ones image in the last decade or so. By the sheer number of procedures that are performed annually it would lead us to believe that cosmetic surgery has become a very acceptable solution to solving “problem areas” for many people, and it has.

Some of the most commonly performed plastic surgery techniques are listed here, along with links to more information on cosmetic surgery in general.

Abdominoplasty ,or "tummy tuck" is a procedure that consists of reshaping and firming of the abdomen .

Blepharoplasty ,or "eyelid surgery", is the Reshaping of the eyelids or the application of permanent eyeliner, including a procedure called Asian blepharoplasty, where the skin around the eyes is reshaped. It is sometimes done to remove the epicanthal fold and to create a crease in the eyelid.

Augmentation Mammaplasty or "breast enlargement". Surgery for enlargement of the breasts.

Mastopexy ,also called a "breast lift", A procedure in which sagging breasts are raised.

Rhinoplasty, Also known as a "nose job". Surgery for reshaping of the nose.

Rhytidectomy, commonly referred to as a face lift, offers the removal of wrinkles and the signs of aging from the face.

Otoplasty also known as aesthetic ear surgery, is the procedure that reshapes and molds the protrusion of the ears.

Lipectomy, Commonly referred to as liposuction. Abdominal liposuction enables the recontouring of the body by the permanent removal of fatty deposits.

Chin augmentation Enhancement of the chin using an implant.

Cheek augmentation Enhancement of the contours of the cheeks.

It should be always be noted that any elective procedure such as cosmetic surgery does involve risks, just like any operation, and should therefore should be treated accordingly. This can be done by gathering as much information on the procedure as you possibly can. In addition to gathering information on the procedure, it is also very important to check a physician's credentials, looking for those physicians trained in cosmetic techniques, such as Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, Otolaryngologists , and Opthalmologists.

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