The 10 most common plastic surgery procedures

The popularity of plastic surgery grows every year: nearly 18 million surgical procedures are performed in the United States each year. Women are no longer the only ones performing cosmetic surgery. Men are contributing to the boom in treatments. Below are the 10 most common plastic surgery procedures.

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Liposuction is a surgical procedure in which fat is suctioned from specific areas of the body to make the figure look slimmer and more beautiful. There are several types of liposuction.

In tumescent liposuction, the most popular type, saline, a drug to narrow the blood vessels, and a pain reliever, are injected into the area to be treated.

This fluid, along with fat, is suctioned out of the body using small hollow metal instruments called cannulas. Infusion of fluids can cause short-term fluid retention that will decrease over the next few days.

In ultrasound assisted liposuction (UAL), the cannula releases ultrasonic energy to melt fat so it can be sucked out of the body. UAL has more risks than tumescent liposuction, including the risk of internal and external burns and longer surgery.

Other options include laser-assisted liposuction, airborne, and suction.

The average patient can return to work in a few days, depending on the area or areas chosen for treatment.

Breast augmentation

Breast augmentation surgery has become extremely popular – more than 300,000 operations are performed in the United States each year .

Surgery is done for many reasons: to enlarge both breasts, to replace a missing breast, or to make asymmetrical breasts the same size. Other women choose surgery when their breasts do not develop during puberty, a condition called congenital micromastia .

Once banned as a health hazard , silicone implants are gaining popularity. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 12% of women chose silicone implants in 2018 .

Most patients have a week or two of recovery before they can return to normal activities. Vigorous activities with high impact loads, such as running, may require additional healing time.


Eyelid reshaping surgery can be performed for cosmetic reasons or to improve vision in patients whose eyelids make vision difficult. Oversized skin or sagging skin can affect vision and contribute to aging .

Chronically swollen or wrinkled lower eyelids are often reduced during the procedure to give them a more youthful appearance. The fatty pads under the eyes that cause "bags" are removed if necessary during the lower eyelid procedure.

Most people can break out after 10 to 14 days, and the swelling becomes less noticeable over the course of weeks or months .

Tummy tuck

A tummy tuck, commonly known as a tummy tuck or lower body lift, removes excess skin in the abdominal area and tightens the remaining skin. This surgery is often performed on people who have excess skin after pregnancy or after significant weight loss after bariatric surgery.

The ideal candidate should not have excess abdominal fat to remove, but rather too much skin hanging off the abdomen. Most patients can return to normal activities after two to three weeks, but may have restrictions in physical activity for a longer period of time. weather.

Breast reduction

Breast reduction surgery for women is one of the few plastic surgeries that insurance pays for on a regular basis, as its benefits go far beyond just improving appearance. Women with very heavy or oversized breasts often have a hard time finding suitable clothing, chronic back pain, neck pain, chronic rashes, and poor posture.

Ideally, surgery to reduce both the size and weight of the breasts will reduce back pain and improve posture. Surgery is a permanent solution to the problem of disproportionate breasts and most patients return to work within two weeks.


A nose job or rhinoplasty changes the shape of the nose, bringing it into balance with the rest of the face. The surgeon can reduce the overall size of the nose or enhance areas of the nose for a more pleasant appearance.

In some cases where breathing can be improved with surgery, such as a deviated septum, insurance will cover part or all of the surgery. Bruising may be obvious after surgery, but should disappear within the next ten days, when most patients return to work.


A rhytidectomy or facelift is a surgical solution to the wrinkles and laxity that accompany aging. A facelift firms the face for a more youthful appearance, gently tightens the skin, smooths deep wrinkles, and minimizes laxity.

A facelift is often combined with another procedure, such as a brow lift, eyelid shaping, or skin peeling, to enhance the youthful appearance of the patient. Stitches are often removed 5-10 days after the procedure, but recovery will take several weeks .

Breast lift

A breast lift is a remedy for sagging or uneven breasts. The typical patient will undergo this procedure after significant weight loss or after pregnancy when the breasts appear to be deflated.

Some women prefer a lift and implantation if their breasts are noticeably smaller than they were before weight loss or pregnancy. Most women can return to work in two weeks and resume full physical activity in a month.

Forehead lift

Similar to a face lift, a forehead lift tightens the skin on the forehead more tightly to remove wrinkles and smooth out wrinkles. Corrects droopy eyebrows, closed eyelids, forehead wrinkles and fine lines . The brows are also raised for a more vigorous and youthful appearance.

Patients with deep furrows between the brows may also benefit from a brow lift, as wrinkles are minimized as the brows are raised. Most patients can return to normal activities within ten days after surgery, but recovery can be significantly longer when combined with other facial surgeries.

Gynecomastia treatment

Surgery to reduce excess male breast tissue and fat, a condition known as gynecomastia, is a permanent treatment for most men if the increase in tissue is related to the person's genetics. However, most men do not need treatment.

Some men have enlarged breasts after regular use of steroids or marijuana. In these men, the size of the breasts will increase if the medicine that caused the growth is continued. It is very important that men who know that medications are the cause of their gynecomastia stop using them before surgery, otherwise the result may not be perfect.

Men with very large breasts may need a longer surgery with an additional procedure to reduce excess skin; otherwise, sagging skin may be visible.

Surgeons typically make an incision along the nipple line so that the scar is not visible to an outside observer, allowing patients to remain shirtless after recovery. Most men can return to work in a week and return to normal activities in a few weeks.

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