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Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast Augmentation Surgery What is breast augmentation surgery? Breast augmentation surgery is a common plastic surgery procedure. It is done to change the way a woman's breasts look. This surgery increases the size or the fullness of the breasts using sacs filled with fluid or gel. These sacs are called breast implants. Why might I need breast augmentation surgery? You may choose to have breast augmentation if you are unhappy with how 1 or both of your breasts look. Some reasons why women choose to ha...
Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty What is rhinoplasty? Rhinoplasty is surgery to change the size or shape of your nose. It is also called a nose job. This procedure is usually used to make the nose smaller or to narrow it. But it can also make the nose larger. Rhinoplasty can be done to change the way the bridge or tip of your nose looks. It can correct bumps or other problems. It can also change how your nostrils look. In many cases, rhinoplasty is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. Why might I...
Liposuction
Liposuction What is liposuction? Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat from the body. This is done through a thin, hollow metal tube called a cannula. The cannula sucks out the fat much like a vacuum. This is the most common form of liposuction surgery. It’s called suction-assisted liposuction (SAL). Another form of this procedure is power-assisted liposuction (PAL). It uses a motor attached to the cannula to speed the rate of fat removal. Other procedures use sound waves or lasers to enh...
Endovenous Laser Varicose Vein Surgery
Endovenous Laser Varicose Vein Surgery What is endovenous laser varicose vein surgery? Endovenous laser varicose vein surgery is a procedure that uses heat from a laser to reduce varicose veins. Varicose veins are swollen, bulging veins that often happen on the thighs or calves. A laser is a device that sends a thin beam of radiation in the form of light. Laser surgery closes and shrinks the varicose vein and causes scar tissue within the vessel. This seals off the vein. Blood then flows through other n...
Collagen Injections
Collagen Injections What is a collagen injection? 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 many factors including your genes, whether you smoke, sleep positions, and how much UV light exposure you’ve had. UV or ultraviolet light comes from the sun or tanning beds/lamps. Although everyone's face may age a little differently, it's ...
Plastic Surgery Techniques
Plastic Surgery Techniques 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. The endoscope is a...
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 ty...
Breast Cancer: Breast Reconstruction After Breast Surgery
Breast Cancer: Breast Reconstruction After Breast Surgery What is breast reconstruction? Breast reconstruction is surgery to create a new breast in place of a breast that has been removed (mastectomy). A breast mound is created that comes as close as possible to the shape and look of a natural breast. The surgery may be done to reconstruct either 1 breast (unilateral) or both breasts (bilateral). The goal of the surgery is to create a breast mound that matches the opposite breast. If both breasts have b...
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 veins 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 swollen or enlarged veins. The veins have enlarged due to a weakening or damage in the vein valves. Located deeper in the skin than spider veins, they may appear raised, bulging, or twisted, and often are blu...
Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty)
Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty) What is nose reshaping? Cosmetic nose reshaping is also known as rhinoplasty. This surgery can change the shape of the nose, and also fix some breathing problems. Rhinoplasty involves the resculpting of the bone and cartilage. This 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 Change the tip or bridge of the nose. Rhinoplasty can be done as a closed or open procedure: Closed procedure. T...
Forehead Lift
Forehead Lift What is a forehead lift? A forehead lift is a type of cosmetic surgery. It removes excess fat and skin and tightens the muscles in the forehead area. It can also correct sagging brows or deep furrows between the eyes. It is often done along with a facelift, for a smoother facial appearance. There are 2 types of forehead lift surgery, the classic forehead lift and the endoscopic forehead lift: Classic or coronal forehead lift. The surgeon makes a cut or incision that starts at about ear lev...
Breast Augmentation
Breast Augmentation What is breast enlargement surgery? Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammoplasty, is a procedure to reshape the breast with an implant to make it larger. The procedure can also be done to reconstruct the breast following breast surgery. Possible complications of breast augmentation surgery Possible complications of breast augmentation surgery may include: Infection. Infection is most common within a week after surgery. The infection can be treated with antibiotics or, in severe c...
Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Overview
Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Overview What is cosmetic plastic surgery? Cosmetic plastic surgery is done to change your appearance. For some, it may mean redesigning the body's contour and shape, smoothing 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 to create an image that makes them feel more confident and comfortable with their appearance. Although health insur...
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 doctor 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: Temporary v...
Nasal Surgery
Nasal Surgery What is nasal surgery? Nasal surgery includes any surgery done on the outside or inside of the nose. A common type of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, nasal surgery may be done for 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 correction of defec...
Tummy Tuck
Tummy Tuck What is a tummy tuck? Abdominoplasty, or "tummy tuck" as it is commonly known, is a procedure that contours 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 with sutures. Possible complications associated with abdominoplasty Possible complications associated with abdominoplasty may include: Signific...
Dermabrasion and Dermaplaning
Dermabrasion/Dermaplaning What is dermabrasion? Similar to a chemical peel, dermabrasion is a procedure that resurfaces your skin and removes fine wrinkles and minimizes scars on the skin. The difference between a chemical peel and dermabrasion, however, is the method used. Dermabrasion involves the surgeon using 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...
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 trimming or redraping 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 underlying fat and muscle. The fat is then removed. Sutur...
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 can change 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: Tumescent t...
Overview of Plastic Surgery
Overview of Plastic Surgery What is plastic surgery? It is a common misunderstanding that the word plastic in plastic surgery means artificial. Rather, the word originated from the ancient Greek word plastikos, which means to mold or give form. Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty involved with both the improvement in a person's appearance and the reconstruction of facial and body tissue defects due to illness, trauma, or birth disorders. Plastic surgery restores and improves function, as well as app...
Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Overview
Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Overview What is reconstructive plastic surgery? Reconstructive plastic surgery is done to correct facial and body abnormalities caused by birth defects, injury, disease, or aging. Usually, the goal of reconstructive plastic surgery is to improve body function. However, reconstructive plastic surgery may also be done to create a more normal appearance and improve self-esteem (this may also be called cosmetic surgery). Abnormal structures of the body may result from: Injury...