Cosmetic surgery is intended to improve a person’s appearance, self-esteem, and self-confidence. Any part of the face or body can be treated with cosmetic surgery.
Cosmetic surgery can result in long-term and dramatic changes to your physical appearance; however, it is critical to understand how these changes may affect you on the inside.
Many physical characteristics can be successfully altered with cosmetic surgery, while others cannot.
who is a candidates for cosmetic surgery?
- Have realistic expectancies about what may be accomplished
- Have chronic medical situations under control
- Understand the medical risks, physical consequences at some stage in healing, how the surgical operation will have an effect on them personally and professionally, what lifestyle changes can also additionally accompany the healing period, and the charges involved
Before the procedure
You will be told about specific procedures, what to expect, the benefits, risks, and potential complications, as well as other options.
The doctor may suggest additional procedures to improve your overall outcome. The surgeon will also go over the concept of balance, explaining how changing one part of the body can affect overall appearance and how additional surgical procedures can bring more balance.
Then you will meet with a nurse, who will go over general health questions, current medications and supplements, and lifestyle issues such as smoking history. She will also go over what to expect after surgery, including pain, medications, diet, activity and work restrictions, and details like the need to arrange for a ride home.
Cosmetic surgery procedures requiring general anesthesia or sedation are performed in a hospital under the supervision of an anesthesiologist/nurse anesthetist team. Other procedures, such as injections of facial fillers, may be performed under local anesthesia in an outpatient setting or a physician’s office. You will meet with the surgeon (or a member of your health care team) one more time before surgery to answer any remaining questions.
After the procedure
You will receive the following items prior to outpatient surgery or discharge from the hospital:
- Specific post-operative care instructions for your procedure
- Medication instructions and prescriptions, such as those for pain relievers and antibiotics
- If you have any questions, please use the contact information provided.
Bruising and swelling are temporary. Surgical scars are permanent.
Recovery times vary by person and procedure, but a minimum of six to 12 weeks is typical for many cosmetic surgeries.
Types of cosmetic surgery
Eyebrow/forehead rejuvenation (brow lift)
Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
Laser hair removal
Otoplasty (ear surgery)
Rhinoplasty (nose surgery)
Skin problems (blemishes, spider veins, scar revisions, tattoo removal)
Abdomen reduction (tummy tuck)
Breast reduction surgery
Buttock lift (belt lipectomy)
Inner thigh lift