Cosmetic surgery includes nonsurgical and surgical procedures that are used to alter normal structures of the body to boost self-esteem and enhance appearance. Healthy individuals who have realistic expectations and a positive outlook are ideal candidates for cosmetic surgery. A cosmetic procedure is a personal choice; therefore, the decision should be made by the individual and should not be done to fulfill the desire of another person or in an attempt to fit an ideal image. Since cosmetic surgery is elective, health insurance typically does not cover it.
Often referred to as body sculpting, lipoplasty is a method of removing stubborn pockets of fat such as “love handles” and “saddle bags.” The cosmetic surgeon simply makes a small incision and vacuums the fat out of the problem area. Bruising, swelling and some numbness will be experienced. The patient may be well enough to resume work a few days post operation, based on the amount of fat removed. Costs vary but they start around $2000.
This procedure involves the implantation of saline-filled bags between the chest muscles and the chest wall or between the chest muscles and the breast tissue. Individuals who undergo this procedure should be able to move around a day or two following the surgery. However, they will probably not be able to take a bath for 3 to 7 days. After about a week, individuals may be able to resume working but vigorous exercise should be avoided for 2 to 3 weeks. The cost is approximately $3000 but it varies according to location and cosmetic surgeon.
Botulinum toxin or Botox injections are administered to smooth wrinkles around the eyes and frown lines. The procedure paralyzes muscles in the forehead; therefore, there will be reduced movement of these muscles. No major recovery is involved. The patient may experience some amount of numbness, swelling and bruising but the majority of individuals simply gets their injections and goes on with their lives. The results are temporary and injections are required every 3 to 4 months. Botox injections typically range between 300 and 400 dollars per treatment; however, they could cost more in certain locations.
More popularly referred to as eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty is done to reshape the eyelids. The surgery is performed to tighten lose skin and remove bagginess around the eyelids; however, it does not eliminate fine wrinkle lines. There will be some amount of bruising and swelling after the procedure. Typically, the bruises disappear in 7 to 10 days. Sometimes the swelling will last between 1 and 2 weeks. Blurry vision may result for a few days post operation and patients may experience dry eyes or easily tear up. The cost starts at approximately $2000 but could cost more than $4000, based on the required amount of reshaping and the cosmetic surgeon.
More commonly known as a nose job, rhinoplasty involves a plastic surgeon reshaping the nose of the patient. This is performed by altering the bone and cartilage of the nose and removing skin. Following a nose job, the patient should remain in bed for a day or two. The patient will experience the brunt of the swelling and bruising in the first 3 days. The swelling could remain noticeable for several weeks. In approximately 7 days, most of the bruising should disappear. The individual should be back to normal in 3 weeks or so. The procedure costs approximately $4000 and it varies by location and cosmetic surgeon.
These are just a few of the procedures that are commonly carried out by a cosmetic surgeon on individuals who would like to enhance their look or undergo corrective surgery to fix a birth defect.