Plastic or cosmetic surgery is perhaps the most maligned of all elective surgeries. The fact is, though, plastic surgery covers a wide variety of procedures, some of which are much more than just cosmetic. Rhinoplasty, for example, can be performed to remedy the symptoms of sleep apnea.
Even if a procedure is purely cosmetic, plastic surgery can change your life for the better. Whether you’ve been in a disfiguring accident or you’ve never been happy with your appearance, a safe medical procedure can change all of that. Unfortunately, most insurance companies don’t see it that way. That’s why so many people choose medical tourism for their cosmetic procedures. They can get the best care at a price they can afford.
Breast augmentation and reduction surgeries all fall under the umbrella of plastic and cosmetic surgery. Breast surgery procedures are performed for a range of reasons, some cosmetic and some medical. Reductions are often performed to prevent or alleviate spinal pain and pressure. Augmentations, reconstructions, and lifts are most often done for aesthetic purposes.
Facelift surgery otherwise known as a rhytidectomy is performed to combat the signs of aging. If you’re unhappy with the way your face looks thanks to sagging cheek jowls, smile or frown lines, wrinkles in your forehead and around your eyes, or creases under your lower eyelids, you may want to consider a facelift.
Also referred to as a nose job or more formally as rhinoplasty, nose surgery serves a number of purposes. It can be performed to open and clear the breathing passages to cure breathing disorders like sleep apnea. It can also be done for purely cosmetic reasons, such as removing a lump at the bridge or changing the overall shape of the nose to be more aesthetically pleasing.
Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, is performed to achieve a flatter, more toned stomach. If you’ve gained a significant amount of weight or had extreme fluctuations in weight from pregnancy, aging, or heredity, you could be greatly served by this procedure. During a tummy tuck, your surgeon will remove excess fat and skin and then reconnect damaged or slack abdominal muscles.
You can’t diet or exercise to trim down specific problem spots. You just have to wait until your body burns that fat away, but what if it doesn’t? Liposuction, or lipoplasty, was developed to remove fat from specific problem areas. You can choose to trim fat away from your belly, thighs, inner knees, neck, back, face, or anywhere on your body.
Reconstructive surgery is plastic surgery performed to repair and rebuild parts of the body that look abnormal thanks to trauma, congenital defects or anomalies, diseases, tumors, or any other damage. Whether you’ve been in a serious car wreck, you’ve had a breast removed due to cancer, or you have any other deformity, you may be a candidate for reconstructive surgery.
Hair replacement, or hair transplantation, is performed to counteract hair loss. Whether you’re experiencing male or female pattern hair loss, or you’ve had a trauma that has resulted in balding, you may want to consider hair replacement. In this procedure, grafts are taken from skin where hair is growing and implanted into the skin where it is balding or thinning.