In these times, looks matter more than ever. Cosmetic surgeries or other procedures are commonly done in order to improve one’s appearance very quickly. Old-fashioned ways of altering one’s appearance – like dieting and using cosmetics – are still largely used, but because one’s appearance can mean the difference between breaking into a field such as acting or receiving a promotion, cosmetic procedures are still on the rise. Studies have even shown that the better one looks, the better one is treated. In this article, I will discuss the 5 most popular cosmetic procedures.
This surgery is often performed in order to remove excess skin from the eyelids, which can impede one’s vision but can also be used to rid one’s eyes of a puffy or baggy appearance. A possible risk is the impaired functioning of the eyelids.
Breasts are primarily subject to cosmetic surgeries. In this operation, incisions are made to remove excess skin before the areola and nipple are raised, thus giving the breasts a more youthful look. A prominent risk for this surgery is asymmetry.
Another popular cosmetic procedure for breasts is augmentation. With this procedure, the surgeon makes an incision and places either a silicone or saline implant behind the pectoral tissue, making the breasts much larger. Risks for breast augmentation include infection, scarring, and the possibility of implant rejection by the body, which would necessitate the implants being removed.
An abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a procedure done in order to remove excess or saggy skin. This is a procedure that often follows high weight loss, which leaves a lot of excess skin behind. The procedure involves suturing tissues together in order to tighten the abdominal area.
Liposuction, also called lipoplasty, is a common procedure for removing large amounts of fatty tissue, often from the abdominal area. This is a popular procedure because it is a quick and relatively painless alternative to diets and exercise.
Sometimes fat cells are broken down somewhat before the actual procedure – this can be done with ultrasound. The possible complications for this procedure include infection, scarring, and asymmetry or abnormalities in skin formation after the procedure. Future fat added to the body after the procedure can end up in different parts of the body as well, such as the back or arms. Fat cells cannot be removed through diet, therefore the removal of abdominal fat cells through liposuction can possibly cause the addition of fat cells in atypical areas.