Cosmetic Surgery Options and Considerations

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Cosmetic (or plastic) surgery began as a service to provide medical relief and normality of appearance to people with deformities they received at birth, developed through disease, or acquired from accidents. As procedures progressed, celebrities and the very wealthy turned to plastic surgeons to improve personal appearance which mainly consisted of various facial reconstructions. Although plastic surgery is still used to correct health issues such as to help people breath or to eliminate weight and stress on the heart, cosmetic surgery is more commonly sought after in order to improve a person’s looks and is more affordable for the masses.
Today, cosmetic surgery has become extremely common with 15.1 million procedures (both minimally invasive and surgical) being performed in 2013 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Procedures no longer only consist of facial reconstructions, but include practically every sort of body manipulation from face lifts and nose reconstructions to liposuction and breast augmentations.
Most Common Cosmetic Procedures
There are a wide variety of cosmetic surgery procedures that can be implemented to approve personal appearance. However, there are certain procedures that are more commonly applied than others. Following are the cosmetic procedures that are requested the most and the genders that usually request them.
Breast Augmentation (women) – This is the most common cosmetic procedure requested by women which uses special implants filled with either silicone or saline to enlarge breasts. Recovery occurs in a matter of a few days, but physical contact should be avoided for several weeks.
Breast Implant Removal (women) – Many women elect to have breast implants removed for various reasons including health problems, aging, spousal requests, etc. Recovery takes a couple of weeks.
Breast Reduction (mostly men) – Although women with very large breasts may choose a breast reduction, it is a procedure most commonly requested by men. Between 40 and 60 percent of men develop a condition known as gynecomastia which causes them to have large breasts due to a buildup of glandular tissue and fat. Breast reductions eliminate excess material providing men with more natural looking chests. Recovery time is two or three weeks.
Mastopexy (women) – Sagging or disproportioned breasts can be raised and reshaped through a breast lift. Excess skin is removed and both the tissue and nipples are repositioned. Recovery time is one to four weeks.
Liposuction (mostly women) – This surgical procedure utilizes a device that is inserted under the skin and sucks out fat deposits. Liposuction is most often used to eliminate fat from the abdomen, upper arms, hips, buttocks and thighs. Recovery usually occurs in less than four weeks, but it can take several months to experience complete healing.
Abdominoplasty (mostly women) – This procedure, also commonly called a ‘tummy tuck’ is used to flatten the abdominal area by removing excess fat and skin and then tightening the muscles. Recovery takes from between two and six weeks.
Buttocks Lift (mostly women) – Sagging buttocks can be lifted and firmed by raising muscle and eliminating excess tissue and skin.
You can see more of this article in our June 2015 issue of ModelsMania

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