Cosmetic surgery used to be the sort of thing only Hollywood stars and trophy wives went in for. Things have changed, and cosmetic procedures are far more common, not to mention more available. As less invasive techniques are developed, the more subtle results are perfect for those who would just like a little nudge to their appearance, or to age a little more gracefully.
Surgical body sculpting through the use of liposuction or lipoplasty is increasing in popularity. Exercise and weight loss aren’t always up to the task for desired results, thanks to variables in genetics or the result of having children. If you happen to have some of these stubborn pockets of fat, your cosmetic surgeon just makes a small incision and vacuums the unwanted fat away. Often, it only takes a couple days of recovery at home before you can return to work. Scarring, while usually minimal, does vary depending on just how extensive the procedure is. Extra skin left over from earlier weight loss or pregnancy can also be part of body sculpting, so the term itself can cover a wide range of actual procedures.
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is also a popular choice. This surgery reshapes the eyelids to remove bagginess and tighten loose skin. Expect bruising around the area for 7 to 10 days during recovery, and there may be other temporary side effects such as blurred vision, dry eyes, or excessive tears.
Breast implants or breast augmentation is the surgery that places implants to increase the breasts’ size or improve their shape. It also can completely rebuild the breast area in the case of a patient who has had a mastectomy. Breast surgeries may just enlarge the breasts, but a more involved procedure called a breast lift creates a more youthful shape for older women. Recovery time depends on the extensiveness of the surgery.
Nose jobs alter the cartilage and bone, and remove skin where needed to achieve a desired nose shape. Bruising and swelling is most pronounced for the first 3 or 4 days, but after a few weeks you should be completely recovered. Advances in this procedure makes the results better and more natural than ever before.
Less invasive facial procedures, like Botox injections, temporarily smooth minor lines and wrinkles. Also available are lip filler injections that use silicone, and chemical peels erase smaller lines and wrinkles. Those who want more significant results would want something more along the lines of an actual facelift. Facelifts stretch the skin up toward the scalp to smooth and tighten it, resulting in a more youthful appearance. Facelifts remain one of the more expensive cosmetic surgeries, as well as one of the longer recovery times. Bruising, swelling, and numbness in the face can last several weeks.