Plastic surgery is the surgical area of expertise involving the reconstruction of facial and body tissue defects due to illness, trauma, birth disorders, or cosmetic alterations. The cosmetic use of plastic surgery has become more popular in recent years. Plastic surgery can involve operations on the skin, skeleton, and congenital anomalies. Plastic surgery cannot be performed on the central nervous system. Often, plastic surgery patients believe that their quality of life will be enhanced or improved as a result of plastic surgery.
Prior to undergoing plastic surgery, the patient will have a consultation with the physician to discuss the plastic surgery procedure and to ensure that all questions are properly answered. The plastic surgery candidate should discuss their goals and expectations with the doctor to be sure that plastic surgery will provide them with the desired results. Typically, plastic surgery procedures are conducted in a hospital or other medical care facility since plastic surgery is basically the same as any other surgical procedure. If plastic surgery is being considered, consultation with a doctor who specializes in plastic surgery procedures should be done to discuss goals and the possible risks involved.
Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that removes fat from any number of different areas of the body. Liposuction is most commonly performed on the hips, thighs, and abdomen. The procedure can also be done on the knees, buttocks, and chin. Patients who wish to have liposuction usually have moderate to severe excess fat and skin on certain areas of their body. Liposuction is most commonly performed on older, middle-aged women. While age is not a major concern for patients, results have shown that the younger the patient, the better the results. This is because the skin is more elastic in younger patients and can take shape more readily after surgery.
The actual liposuction procedure begins with a small incision made near the area that is to be operated on. A vacuum is then used to remove the fat layer or layers beneath the skin. Liposuction is a very popular form of plastic surgery as expressed by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Research shows that the average cost for a liposuction procedure is $2,500. The popularity of the procedure is reflected in the fact that hundreds of millions are spent annually on liposuction.
Liposuction procedures have benefited from many new and improved technologies in the past 10 years. The most beneficial technological improvement was the ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty, or UAL. This new liposuction technique allows the surgeon to give the patient a more precise overall procedure as well as a quicker recovery. The UAL is a more scientific and detailed procedure. During a UAL procedure, a probe which is placed inside the incision is used to essentially explode the walls of the fat cells. This explosion of the cells makes it easier to vacuum out the fat. The UAL procedure has been very useful in recent liposuction surgeries on the upper back or enlarged male breast region. The reason why these specific regions of the body have benefited from the UAL technique is because they are more fibrous areas and the UAL technique is very efficient at breaking down the fat in those areas. The UAL technique allows the surgeon to be very precise and is the most efficient form of liposuction.
Commonly known as the tummy tuck, abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin, and tightens underlying abdominal muscles. This surgical procedure corrects a protruding abdomen and removes sagging abdominal skin, thereby improving body contour and enhancing your appearance in and out of clothing. Existing cesarean section scars are often revised during this surgery and some, but not all, stretch marks are removed. Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia and is usually an outpatient surgery but may require a one-day hospital stay, depending on your medical history. Results are relatively permanent and visible almost immediately, however, weight gain and your fitness level can affect the long-term result.