"Cosmetic plastic surgery includes a variety of surgical procedures that reshape structures of the body in order to improve appearance and self-esteem. Healthy individuals with realistic expectations are appropriate candidates for cosmetic procedures. The decision to have plastic surgery is an extremely personal choice and should be done for you, not to fulfill someone else's desires.
There are several cosmetic plastic surgery procedures that can be performed to enhance your features. Most cosmetic procedures involve the removal of excess skin and/or fat. Others can involve the placement of implants to increase volume. Aging and gravity can loosen tissue and cause sagging such as in the face and breast and procedures can be performed to tighten and lift tissues closer to their youthful beginnings. Breast augmentation, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and liposuction are the some of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed.
Plastic surgery also entails reconstructive surgery which involves restoring body shape and function. Traumatic accidents and surgeries to cure cancers can occasionally lead to tissue loss which can result in a distorted physical shape. Plastic surgery can help restore function and shape that has been lost by moving or expanding healthy tissues. A common reconstructive procedure is breast reconstruction which is performed when a woman has undergone removal of the breast for breast cancer treatment.
Generally procedures can take between two to six hours to perform. Most can be done with a general anesthetic and are considered outpatient in which one goes home the same day as surgery. However, some procedures do require an overnight hospital stay. Follow all postoperative instructions carefully, including cleansing and at-home treatment regimens, and avoid sun exposure. Recovery depends on the procedure performed but typically patients can return to work within the week. Full release for exercise and heavy lifting is typically achieved by 6 weeks. Final outcome can usually be assessed around three to six months."
Dr. Vanessa Voge