By Angie Tidwell
There are many different
plastic surgery procedures available to those who would like to
alter certain aspects of their bodies. Plastic surgery has been
around in some form or another for many years, but has only been
in extensive use in the 20th and 21st century. The top three
cosmetic surgical procedures in 2004 Liposuction (325,000); nose
reshaping (305,000); and breast augmentation (264,000. In
addition to these procedures there are many other options for
other areas of the body. In this article I plan to explore some
of those cosmetic surgery options and give background
information on those procedures as well. These numbers clearly
show an increasing trend to have cosmetic surgery procedures
performed for aesthetic, as well as reconstructive reasons.
We’ll start by exploring the
number one plastic surgery procedure, Liposuction. In the last
year alone, 325,000 Liposuction procedures were performed on
both men and women of all ages and race. Liposuction is a
procedure that can help to sculpt the body by removing unwanted
fat from specific areas, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks,
thighs, knees, cheeks, neck, chin and upper arms. Liposuction is
not a substitute for regular good diet practices or exercise but
rather a further refinement in addition to diet and exercise.
Recently a number of new techniques in liposuction have been
developed, including the ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL),
the tumescent technique, and the super-wet technique. These new
procedures are helping many plastic surgeons to provide their
patients with more precise results and quicker recovery times.
Not all patients will be able to use the newest techniques but
your doctor can discuss which techniques are the best for you
based upon your medical history and various other factors.
Liposuction is best
performed on Normal weight individuals with firm, elastic skin
who have excess fat in certain areas of their body. Liposuction
carries a greater risk for people with medical problems such as
poor circulation, severe lung or heart disease, diabetes, as
well as some other conditions not listed. It is always best to
let your doctor know your full medical history so that he can
accurately assess the correct procedures for your body as well
as safely and effectively treat you. In your first consultation,
your plastic surgeon will most likely evaluate your health,
determine where your fat deposits lie and the elasticity of your
skin, and develop a plan that is right for you and your body.
Rhinoplasty, or nose
reshaping, is another commonly performed technique in which the
nose is reshaped, altered, or straightened for both
reconstructive and aesthetic reasons. This procedure is often
used to correct breathing problems in the nasal region as well.
There are two options for the incision in this type of plastic
surgery, There is open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty. Open
rhinoplasty is performed by making a small incision across the
columella, between the nostrils, in addition to incisions on the
inside of your nose.
This surgery is often
performed in the most complicated cases. In the case of closed
rhinoplasty the incision is inside of the nose helping to
promote a speedier recovery as well as reducing the amount of
swelling. Rhinoplasty can change the shape of your nose by
recontouring the underlying cartilage and bone into the desired
shape. Plastic surgeons today have the ability to make your nose
shorter, longer, thinner, and straighter. Most of the incision
in nasal surgery are made internally so there is no visual
scarring on the exterior nasal cavity. Healing times vary with
the type of incision but healing from nasal plastic surgery
generally occurs within a few weeks after surgery.
Breast augmentation cosmetic
surgery is another very popular procedure and one that has been
widely publicized by women around the world. Breast augmentation
is surgery to enhance the size or shape of a woman’s breast for
reconstructive or aesthetic reasons. Some of these reasons
include, but are not limited to, enhancing the size of the
breast for a woman who feels that hers are too small, correcting
a difference in breast size, reconstructing the breast after
surgery, and a reduced breast volume after pregnancy.
Breast size can be increased
during surgery by the insertion of an implant behind each breast
and can effectively increase the bustline by a cup size or more.
All said the best way to know if plastic surgery is for you is
to get as much information on the procedure as possible before
you make a decision. After all you can never have too much
information when it comes to your body, right?
More information on Cosmetic
Surgery Options can be found on
Click here to visit all the
San Diego cosmetic surgery specialties.