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Collagen Injection
Collagen Injection (Soft Tissue Filling) A collagen injection is a cosmetic procedure that can soften some signs of aging on your face. As you get older, your face begins to lose some of its fullness and wrinkles usually appear. How your face ages depends on factors including your genes, if you smoke, and how much sun exposure you’ve had. Everyone's face may age a little differently, but we all lose some of our skin's fullness because of the breakdown of an important skin protein called collagen. A coll...
Liposuction
Liposuction (Lipoplasty, SAL, PAL) Procedure overview Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat from the body. This is done through a hollow metal tube—known as a cannula—that sucks out the fat much like a vacuum. The most common form of liposuction surgery is the suction-assisted liposuction (SAL) mentioned above. Another form of liposuction, power-assisted liposuction (PAL), features a motor attached to the cannula to speed the rate of fat removal. Other procedures use sound waves or lasers...
Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty (Cosmetic Nose Surgery, Nose Job) Procedure overview Rhinoplasty is cosmetic surgery to change the size or shape of your nose. This procedure is usually used to make your nose smaller or to narrow it, but it can also enlarge it. A rhinoplasty can change the appearance of the bridge or tip of your nose, as well as your nostrils. Reasons for the procedure Most often people undergo rhinoplasty because they don't like the way their nose looks. In some cases, the procedure is used to help people ...
Breast Reconstruction
Breast Reconstruction What is breast reconstruction surgery? With advances in breast reconstruction surgery, many women undergoing breast removal (mastectomy) choose to have their breast(s) rebuilt. Even though medical, surgical, and radiation therapy treatments for breast cancer have increased the number of breast-sparing procedures available, some breast cancer patients may still need a mastectomy. In addition, other women have their breast(s) removed due to other diseases. Breast reconstruction surge...
Laser Varicose Vein Surgery
Laser Varicose Vein Surgery Procedure overview Your heart pumps blood to the various parts of your body through the arteries. The blood returns to your heart through your veins. Sometimes your veins can become swollen and bulging. These are called varicose veins . Varicose veins often occur on your thighs or calves. Doctors can treat varicose veins with a number of methods. One of these is laser varicose vein surgery. This procedure uses heat from a laser to close and shrink the vein. Reasons for the pr...
Vein Removal
Vein Removal What are spider veins? Spider veins, commonly found on the face and legs, are caused by the dilation of a small group of blood vessels near the skin's surface. They often look like red or purple sunbursts or web patterns and are more common in women. What are varicose veins? Varicose veins are caused by swollen or enlarged blood vessels. The blood vessels have enlarged due to a weakening in the vein's wall or valves. Located deeper in the skin than spider veins, they may appear raised and o...
Facelift
Facelift What is a facelift? Rhytidectomy, a surgical procedure commonly known as a facelift, involves the removal of excess facial fat, the tightening of facial muscles, and the stretching of facial skin to approximate a smoother, firmer facial appearance. The procedure takes place on either the face, neck, or both. Depending on the area of the face or neck where the "lift" is to take place, the surgeon will separate the skin from the fat and muscle. The fat is then removed and the skin is pulled back ...
Forehead Lift
Forehead Lift What is a forehead lift? A forehead lift is the surgical removal of excess fat and skin, as well as a tightening of the muscles in the forehead area. It can correct sagging brows or deep furrows between the eyes. It is often done in conjunction with a facelift, in order to create a smoother facial appearance overall. There are two types of surgical techniques available for a forehead lift, including the classic forehead lift and the endoscopic forehead lift: Classic forehead lift In the cl...
Nasal Surgery
Nasal Surgery What is nasal surgery? Nasal surgery includes any surgery performed on the outside or inside of the nose. A common type of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, nasal surgery may be performed to accomplish the following: Improve breathing Correct congenital or acquired deformities Change size or shape of nose (cosmetic) Repair nasal injuries What are the different types of nasal surgery? The following are some of the different types of nasal surgery: Septoplasty Septoplasty is the surgical ...
Nose Reshaping
Nose Reshaping What is nose reshaping? Cosmetic nose reshaping is also known as rhinoplasty. The procedure can reduce or increase the size of the nose, narrow the span of the nostrils, change the angle between the nose and upper lip, and/or change the tip or bridge of the nose. It can also correct some breathing problems. Rhinoplasty involves the resculpting of the bone and cartilage. When operating on the nose, the surgeon can either work from within the nose by making an incision (cut) inside the nose...
Overview of Plastic Surgery
Overview of Plastic Surgery What is plastic surgery? It is a popular misconception that the word plastic in plastic surgery means artificial . Rather, the word is derived from the ancient Greek word plastikos , which means "to mold or give form." Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty involved with the reconstruction of facial and body tissue defects due to illness, trauma, or birth disorders. Plastic surgery restores and improves function, as well as appearance. It can involve surgery on any part of t...
Plastic Surgery Techniques
Surgical techniques used in plastic surgery There are many different techniques used to perform cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures, including the following: Endoscopic surgery Endoscopic surgery is performed with an endoscope, a tubular probe that has a tiny camera and a bright light, which is inserted into a small incision (a small cut in the skin). Images from the camera are transmitted back to a screen, which the surgeon watches while manipulating the endoscope inside the body. Th...
Scar Revision
Scar Revision What is a scar? A scar is the body's natural way of healing and replacing lost or damaged skin. A scar is usually composed of fibrous tissue. Scars may be formed for many different reasons, including as a result of infections, surgery, injuries, or inflammation of tissue. Scars may appear anywhere on the body, and the composition of a scar may vary - appearing flat, lumpy, sunken, or colored. It may be painful or itchy. The final look of a scar depends on many factors, including the skin t...
Liposuction
Liposuction What is liposuction? Liposuction is a procedure that removes excess fat through a suctioning process. Although it is not a substitute for weight loss, it is a way of changing the body's shape and contour. Liposuction can be used to remove excess fat that does not respond to exercise and dieting, including fat around the thighs, stomach, upper arms, buttocks, or the waistline. What are some different liposuction techniques? Some of the different liposuction techniques include the following: T...
Breast Augmentation
Breast Augmentation What is breast enlargement surgery? Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammoplasty, is a procedure to reshape the breast in order to make it larger. The procedure can also be performed to reconstruct the breast following breast surgery. Possible complications associated with breast augmentation surgery Possible complications associated with breast augmentation surgery may include, but are not limited to, the following: Infection Infection is most common within a week after surgery....
Collagen / Fat Injectable Fillers
Collagen / Fat Injectable Fillers What is soft tissue augmentation? Collagen/fat injectable fillers, also called soft-tissue augmentation, is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure performed to correct wrinkles, depressions in the skin, and/or scarring. The procedure involves injecting a substance (collagen and/or fat) into the skin in order to plump or fill-up the area being treated. The result of the procedure is usually not permanent and touch-up injections may be needed every three to 12 months. For s...
Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Overview
Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Overview What is cosmetic plastic surgery? Cosmetic plastic surgery is performed in order to change one's appearance. For some, it may mean redesigning the body's contour and shape, the elimination of wrinkles, or eliminating balding areas. Others may choose varicose vein treatment or breast augmentation. There are a number of cosmetic surgery procedures that men and women can choose from in order to create an image that makes them feel more confident and comfortable with their ...
Dermabrasion / Dermaplaning
Dermabrasion / Dermaplaning What is dermabrasion? Similar to a chemical peel, dermabrasion is a procedure that removes fine wrinkles and/or minimizes scars on the skin. The difference between a chemical peel and dermabrasion, however, is the method used. Dermabrasion involves the surgeon utilizing a high speed rotating brush to remove the top layer of skin. The size and depth of the scars, as well as the degree of wrinkling, determine the appropriate level of skin that will be surgically sloughed. Possi...
Eyelid Lift
Eyelid Lift What is eyelid surgery? The medical term for an eyelid lift is blepharoplasty. This procedure can remove puffiness or bags under the eyes. It can also correct droopy eyelids. In this procedure, the physician surgically removes excess fat, muscle, and skin from both the upper and lower eyelids to redefine the shape of the eye. Possible complications associated with eyelid surgery Possible complications associated with eyelid surgery may include, but are not limited to, the following: Temporar...
Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Overview
Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Overview What is reconstructive plastic surgery? Reconstructive plastic surgery is performed to correct facial and body abnormalities caused by birth defects, trauma, disease, or aging. Usually, the goal of reconstructive plastic surgery is to improve body function. However, reconstructive plastic surgery may also be performed to create a more normal appearance and improve self-esteem (this may also be called cosmetic surgery). Abnormal structures of the body may result fr...
Tummy Tuck
Tummy Tuck What is a tummy tuck? Abdominoplasty, or "tummy tuck" as it is commonly known, is a procedure that minimizes the abdominal area. With this procedure, the surgeon makes a long incision from one side of the hipbone to the other. Excess fat and skin are surgically removed from the middle and lower abdomen, and the muscles of the abdomen wall are tightened. Possible complications associated with abdominoplasty Possible complications associated with abdominoplasty may include, but are not limited ...
Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast Augmentation Surgery (Breast Enlargement, Breast Implant Surgery) Procedure overview Breast augmentation surgery is a common plastic surgery procedure done to change the appearance of a woman's breasts. The surgery uses breast implants to increase the size or the fullness of the breasts. Breast augmentation surgery may be done at the hospital or in another type of outpatient facility. It shouldn’t be confused with reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy or with breast reduction surgery. Breast ...