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A Look into Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery involves the use of surgical and non-surgical procedures to restore or repair a person’s physical attributes. The purposes of these surgeries can be for reconstructive or aesthetic purposes. Reconstructive procedures help people who have been in accidents are dealing with the aftermath of an attack, or suffer from a disease or birth defect.

Plastic Surgery Statistics

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that over 10.1 million people in the United States underwent some form of cosmetic plastic surgery in 2012. Over 8.4 million of those procedures involved non-surgical techniques, while close to 1.7 million were surgical. Botox, facial fillers, breast augmentations, and liposuction is the most common procedure.
Meanwhile, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that 2012 saw over 5.6 million reconstructive plastic surgeries. Dog bites, birth defects, and breast reconstruction for cancer patients are the three most common reasons for reconstructive surgeries.

Popular Surgical Plastic Surgery Procedures

A surgeon will only perform a surgical procedure after a thorough consultation and physical examination. For some procedures, specifically liposuction and lifts, the patient must understand the importance of diet and exercise. You cannot simply use a procedure like liposuction as a means to avoid losing weight.
Facial plastic surgeries include blepharoplasty (eyelids), brow lifts, mid-face lifts, neck lifts, otoplasty (ears), and rhinoplasty (nose). Some facial plastic surgeons also offer hair restoration procedures known as hair transplants.
Plastic surgeries also deal with most other areas of the body. Brachioplasty, an arm lift, tones and tightens skin on the upper arms. Both men and women can have breast reduction. Women can have breast implants added to increase the size of their breasts.
Liposuction is performed on all areas of the body, but the abdomen, arms, buttocks, hips, and thighs are most common. This surgical procedure involves the use of a cannula that is inserted under the skin and pushed back and forth to break up fatty deposits. After the fat is broken up, suction removes the fatty tissue through the cannula’s tube.
Abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck involves the excision of excess skin between the pelvic area and belly button. Incisions are made in the belly area, and then the surgeon sutures the abdominal muscles to tighten them cut away excess skin and closes the incision.
A more complex form of this surgery is a body lift, which also involves the back to help pull up the buttocks and remove excess skin on the buttocks and back. A thigh lift is used to tighten the thighs.

Popular Non-Surgical Plastic Surgery Procedures

Botox is the most common non-surgical procedure. It works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Botox also helps an overactive bladder, eye twitches, and excessive sweating.
Fillers add volume to areas that need plumping. On the face, fillers are used to restore a youthful look by filling in hollows or depressions. Fillers can also add volume to the buttocks.
For people with problem skin, dermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser treatments remove the upper layers of skin to reveal fresh, younger-looking layers. Laser treatments are also effective at treating psoriasis, rosacea, scars, and spider veins.

Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

There are excellent plastic surgeons in every state, but the media tends to focus on plastic surgeons that are not qualified and botch surgeries or leave patients in comas. To avoid choosing the wrong surgeon, make sure you find a surgeon who is board certified.
Board-certified surgeons must complete years of surgical training and at least another two years training in plastic surgery.
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