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Healthy Woman - Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Overview

What is cosmetic plastic surgery?

Cosmetic plastic surgery is performed in order to change one's appearance. For some, it may mean redesigning the body's contour and shape, the elimination of wrinkles, or eliminating balding areas. Others may choose varicose vein treatment or breast augmentation. There are a number of cosmetic surgery procedures that men and women can choose from in order to create an image that makes them feel more confident and comfortable with their appearance. In 2008, more than 12 million people had cosmetic surgery.

Although health insurance rarely covers the cost of cosmetic procedures, the number of individuals deciding to undergo cosmetic plastic surgery continues to grow. The top five cosmetic surgeries for 2000 include breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, and tummy tuck. More than 1 million women had one or more of these surgeries in 2008.

Further, it is not just women who are opting to enhance their appearance through surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 11 percent of all liposuction procedures and 9 percent of all facelift procedures in 2008 were performed on men.

What are the most common plastic surgery procedures?

The most common cosmetic procedures are listed here by their common or descriptive names. The medical term for the procedure is enclosed in parentheses.

  • breast augmentation or enlargement (augmentation mammaplasty)
  • breast implant removals
  • breast lift
  • buttock lift
  • chin, cheek, or jaw reshaping (facial implants or soft tissue augmentation)
  • dermabrasion
  • eyelid lift (blepharoplasty)
  • facelift
  • forehead lift
  • hair replacement/transplantation
  • lip augmentation
  • liposuction (lipoplasty)
  • lower body lift
  • nose reshaping (rhinoplasty)
  • thigh lift
  • tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
  • upper arm lift
  • Botox injections
  • cellulite treatment
  • chemical peel
  • plumping/collagen or fat injections (facial rejuvenation)
  • laser skin resurfacing
  • laser treatment of leg veins 
  • vaginal rejuvenation

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