More Common Types of Cosmetic Surgery

Jun 7, 2018 by

Each year, many people undergo cosmetic surgery for medical or personal reasons. The goal of cosmetic surgery is to achieve one’s desired look. Because of my interest in cosmetic surgery and other cosmetic procedures, I decided to narrow my research and focus on some of the more common types of cosmetic surgery procedures performed today.

In my research, I came across an excellent article by Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery that explained four common types of cosmetic surgery: face/head cosmetic surgery, body contorting, breast surgery, and repairing a botched surgery from the past.

The article explained that face/head cosmetic surgeries are often used to fix wrinkles and lines caused by stress, excessive sun exposure, gravity, and age. As human beings, when we think of someone, we often associate that person’s face with that thought. Because of this, many individuals choose to undergo some face/head cosmetic surgery to enhance their image. The article explained that in this type of cosmetic surgery, there is a subset of other procedures: otoplasty to change the position of ears, blepharoplasty to create smoother, younger-looking eyes, rhinoplasty to adjust the nose to create a more balanced face, facelift to tighten the face and neck, and hair transplant to treat pattern baldness. Through my research, I discovered there are a wide variety of cosmetic surgeries that can fix different parts of the head/face.

Next, the article described body contouring, a procedure to reshape the body and remove excess fat. Body contouring surgeries are used to fix one’s undesirable attributes on their body. Like face/head cosmetic surgeries, body contouring also had a subset of specific surgeries, including tummy tuck, fat transfer, liposuction, and massive weight loss.

Breast surgery augments or reduces breast size and maintains a natural look. The specific surgeries that come under the umbrella of breast surgery include breast augmentation, breast implant removal, breast reconstruction, breast reduction, breast lift, breast lift with implant, and implant exchange. Each type of breast surgery is unique to achieve every individual’s particular desires.

Botched surgery repair is the general term used to describe a poorly-done procedure. The botched surgeries include those listed above, whether face/head cosmetic surgery, body contouring, or breast surgery. Basically, with botched surgery repair, a more-experienced, skilled surgeon fixes the mistakes of a less-experienced, novice surgeon.

Thanks to the article, I now understand that there are a number of cosmetic surgical procedures to meet an almost infinite amount of desires and goals. If a patient walks into the office of a cosmetic surgeon with a problem, there is a good chance the cosmetic surgeon knows a cosmetic procedure to fix that problem. Everyone has his or her desired image, and it is comforting to know that there is a multitude of cosmetic surgeries that can help meet these desires.

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