Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures

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Dr. Jude LaBarbera, MD Plastic Surgeon


Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures

Plastic surgery procedures have become immensely popular. This surgical specialty helps improve a person’s appearance, as well as to reconstruct facial and body tissue defects. Over the decades, cosmetic surgeons in Phoenix and around the country have helped tens of millions of Americans to improve their quality of life. In case you have been considering plastic surgery for one reason or the other, this article highlights the most common procedures.

1. Liposuction

Liposuction plastic surgery is used to eliminate stubborn fat deposits from specific areas of the body. These include the legs, hips, thighs, arms, waist, neck, chin, and buttocks. In the end, a person is left with a slimmer, and shapelier figure. Liposuction cosmetic surgery can be performed in two major ways, these are tumescent and Ultrasonic-Assisted liposuction. Tumescent liposuction is done when the surgeon uses a cannula, a small hollow metallic instrument, to suction out fat from a specific area of the body. Ultrasonic-Assisted liposuction is done when the surgeon releases ultrasonic energy to the area being treated which melts the body fat. Afterward, he uses a cannula to suction out the melted fats.

Ultrasonic-Assisted liposuction carries more risks of internal and external burns due to the ultrasound energy used. It also consumes a lot of time compared to tumescent liposuction. Upon completion of the surgery, a patient experiences intense pain as the body readjusts to the new normal. The pain felt can be managed by pain killer medicines. During recovery, patients are supposed to avoid any strenuous activity to give the body ample time to heal.

2. Tummy Tuck

Several individuals who are not pleased with their abdominal appearance choose to have tummy tuck surgery. Also known as an abdominoplasty, it is popular among women who have given birth and suffer from post-pregnancy effects. A tummy tuck surgery aims to eliminate excess skin and fats at the abdominal section. It can also work on men who have lost a significant amount of weight that leaves them with loose sagging skin at their abdomen.

There are several types of tummy tuck surgery such as extended, full, and mini. Depending on the technique used, the surgeon makes incisions of different sizes and placements through which he removes excess skin and fats as he tightens the underlying muscles. Recovery after a tummy tuck surgery takes about two to four weeks depending on the technique used, and the patient’s anatomy.

3. Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a procedure that enhances the size and shape of the breasts. It is a popular plastic surgery procedure that has over 300,000 women in America undergoing it yearly. Breast augmentation is done either by transferring fat into the breasts to increase their size or by placing breast implants into a pocket either over the pectoral muscles behind the breast tissue or under the pectoral muscles. The position where breast implants are placed depends on the patient. Breast implants used are of two types, silicone, and saline. Both of them are made with an outer silicone material but differ in the type of liquid present inside them. Although most women prefer silicone over saline implants because they resemble natural breast tissue, both types of implants work to provide the patient with the best overall results.

During the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision along the bikini line through which he inserts the implants. The size of the incision depends on the type of breast implant used, the location of breast implant placement, and the anatomy of the patient. Recovery takes a few weeks with the help of a compression garment. In addition, breast augmentation can be used as a treatment for breast cancer.

4. Nose Job

The nose is situated at the center of the face which easily draws a lot of attention. When any minor accident happens to it, such that it is left with a scar, or defected in any way, a lot of people can easily notice. This can make a person be uncomfortable. A nose job or rhinoplasty surgery can reshape the nose, or reduce its size to improve its appearance. During surgery, the surgeon makes cuts within the nostrils, and at times across the base of the nose through which he reshapes the inner cartilage and bone to create a flat, and enhanced nose profile. Since this surgery is done in an outpatient setting, the patient is discharged to receive home care. The recovery period requires a patient to wear a nasal splint during the first few weeks of swelling and bruising. After a few months, the nose will be completely healed.

5. Facelift

Facelift surgery is also known as rhytidectomy. The more a person grows older, the face starts to show signs of wrinkles and aging. This can happen at a time when the person barely expected it to therefore decreasing his/her quality of life. Such a person can have a facelift done to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and aging. During this surgery, the surgeon carefully makes an incision around the front of the ear, and behind the hairline to remove excess skin as he tightens and smoothens the face. Afterward, sutures are placed along the incision lines to prevent fluid accumulation and are removed after at least ten days. In addition, facelift surgery can be performed together with eyelid surgery, forehead lifts, skin peels, and botox injections to fully bring back a youthful look.