Cosmetic Surgeries

Cosmetic Surgeries

A facelift, technically known as a Rhytidectomy (from Ancient Greek ῥυτίς (rhytis) "wrinkle" + ἐκτομή (ektome) "excision", surgical removal of wrinkles), is a type of cosmetic surgery procedure used to give a more youthful facial appearance. There are multiple surgical techniques and exercise routines. Surgery usually involves the removal of excess facial skin, with or without the tightening of underlying tissues, and the red raping of the skin on the patient's face and neck. Exercise routines tone underlying facial muscles without surgery. Surgical facelifts are effectively combined with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and other facial procedures and are typically performed under general anesthesia or deep twilight sleep.

A traditional facelift procedure is performed through an incision starting in the hair or hairline above and in front of the ear (the temporal region). The incision is extended downward in front of the ear, comes under the ear and then upward behind the ear ending in the hair or hairline behind the ear. The skin and fatty tissues are then lifted off the underlying muscle and fascia (connective tissue) as far forward as is necessary to correct the loose skin problem. The underlying muscle and fascia can be tightened with sutures if the surgeon feels it is necessary. The skin is pulled back and upward and the excess skin removed. The wound is then closed with sutures and skin staples. Some surgeons leave a drain in the wounds to remove excess blood. Bandages are then applied. There are surgical techniques which go into deeper tissues rather than under the skin and fat. The results are similar.

Facelift is very satisfying to most patients. It achieves a youthful appearance which lasts approximately 10 years. The surgery is performed in an outpatient setting. This can be done in the well-equipped Aesthetica's surgery clinic. Pain and discomfort after surgery are minimal. Once the dressings are removed after approximately 3-5 days, the patient can resume social activities using makeup to cover bruising and hair over the ears to hide the sutures.

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Liposuction, or simply lipo, is a type of cosmetic surgery that removes fat from the human body in an attempt to change its shape.

In the United States it is the most commonly done cosmetic surgery.

The Liposuction Advantage:

  1. One treatment may be all you need to reshape problem areas

  2. Treat more areas—and larger areas—in one procedure

  3. May be performed with either local or general anesthesia

  4. More consistent and predictable result than noninvasive treatments

What liposuction can treat:

  1. Thighs

  2. Hips and buttocks

  3. Abdomen and waist

  4. Upper arms

  5. Back

  6. Inner knee

  7. Chest area

  8. Cheeks, chin and neck

  9. Calves and ankles

Liposuction can be performed alone or along with other plastic surgery procedures, such as a facelift, breast reduction or a tummy tuck.

Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

In general, good candidates for a liposuction include:

  1. Adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone

  2. Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing

  3. Nonsmokers

  4. Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring

If you are bothered by excess fat deposits located anywhere on your body that don't respond to diet or exercise, liposuction may be right for you.

The liposuction procedure includes the following steps:

  1. Step 1 – Anesthesia

    Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include local anesthesia, intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

  2. Step 2 – The incision

    Liposuction is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions.

    First, diluted local anesthesia is infused to reduce bleeding and trauma. Then a thin hollow tube, or cannula, is inserted through the incisions to loosen excess fat using a controlled back and forth motion. The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula.

    Problem areas that can be addressed with liposuction

    Liposuction problem areas:

  3. Step 3 – See the results

    Your improved body contour will be apparent once the swelling and fluid retention commonly experienced following liposuction subside. Get more information about liposuction results.

    Liposuction rear and side after:

    Liposuction front and face after:

Liposuction recovery

During your liposuction recovery, a compression garment or elastic bandages may cover treatment areas once your procedure is completed. These help to control swelling and compress the skin to your new body contours.

In addition, small temporary drains may be placed in existing incisions beneath the skin to remove any excess blood or fluid.

You will be given specific instructions that may include:

  1. • How to care for the surgical site and drains
  2. • Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
  3. • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
  4. • When to follow up with your plastic surgeon

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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Achieving a flatter, tighter abdominal area is a goal for many people, women and men alike. There are a variety of reasons why someone may be dissatisfied with his or her waistline and abdomen, and the "tummy tuck" procedure, or abdominoplasty, might be an appropriate option for achieving a slimmer, more aesthetically appealing abdominal contour. Use this page as a resource to learn more about the abdominoplasty procedure.

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

The term “tummy tuck” refers to a cosmetic surgery procedure more formally known as abdominoplasty, which is designed to help patients sculpt and tone their abdominal areas. During a tummy tuck procedure, the surgeon manually tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall and sutures them into place. He or she then removes any excess skin from the patient’s abdomen to create a firmer, flatter midsection. The abdominoplasty procedure can be customized to each patient’s specific goals and may include liposuction or be combined with other body lift procedures.

Are You a Good Candidate for Abdominoplasty?

The ideal candidate for an abdominoplasty procedure is someone who has been unable to tone his or her abdominal region, even with the help of a healthy diet and exercise routine. While most people associate cosmetic surgery with women, the male tummy tuck is becoming an increasingly common way for men to flatten the difficult-to-tone stomach area. Abdominoplasty is also a fairly common method of restoring a woman’s figure after pregnancy. As with any plastic surgery procedure, results of tummy tuck surgery can vary, and candidates should discuss their goals with their surgeons in order to establish reasonable expectations. In addition, patients should be committed to maintaining their results with a stable diet and regular exercise after abdominoplasty.

Risks Every type of surgery has risks, but you can usually help prevent complications by carefully following your physician's instructions. It's important to talk with your plastic surgeon before surgery to be sure you understand the potential risks and complications. If you don't understand something, ask! After an abdominoplasty, infections or blood clots can occur, although they are rare. As with all surgery, there will be scars, but your surgeon will try to minimize them. If the scars are noticeable, you may need surgery to improve them.

Preparing for abdominoplasty

If you smoke, you will need to stop at least two weeks before your abdominoplasty. Your physician will tell you what medications and supplements you may continue to take.

Recovery Because abdominoplasty is major surgery, you may spend two to four nights in the hospital afterward. Expect the area to be mild tender for a week which can be easily minimized with medicines. Most people are able to go back to their usual activities and exercise after about six weeks, but you may continue to wear a binder or other garment for support for two to three months. After a few months, your scars will become less noticeable. Coupled with a healthy diet and regular exercise, your abdominoplasty will help you feel better about your appearance and increase your self-confidence.

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty) Rhinoplasty , also called plastic surgery of the nose or a "nose job," is a very popular procedure that can make profound differences not only in the balance of facial features, but also in a person’s self-esteem. The aesthetic improvements that a rhinoplasty surgeon can make include decreasing or increasing the size of the nose, altering the tip or bridge of the nose, and narrowing or changing the shape of the nostrils.

Good candidates- Nose reshaping candidates should be at least in their mid teens — 14 to 15 for girls, and slightly older for boys. At these ages, the nasal bone has matured and the shape of the nose has stabilized. You may think your nose is too large, too small, too wide or undesirable in some other way. Perhaps your nose was injured in an accident. If you're unhappy or self-conscious about your nose, and have felt this way for a long time, nose surgery may help you feel better about yourself. Of all patients undergoing cosmetic surgery, those who choose nose surgery are among those most pleased with their appearance change. In addition, if you have breathing problems related to your nose's internal structure, rhinoplasty may improve your breathing. All rhinoplasty patients should have realistic expectations for their surgery. It is helpful for the surgeon to know, prior to surgery, what the patient hopes to look like after rhinoplasty, but it is important that those expectations be aligned with what is surgically possible. Before the rhinoplasty surgery, you'll have a chance to discuss your personal goals in detail with your rhinoplasty surgeon.

Risks - Every type of surgery has risks, but you can usually help prevent complications by carefully following your physician's instructions. It's important to talk with your plastic surgeon before surgery to be sure you understand the potential risks and complications. If you don't understand something, ask!

The techniques surgeons use for rhinoplasty minimize the risk of scarring. Any scars from closed rhinoplasty will be hidden inside the nose. Scars from open rhinoplasty will be small and difficult to see.

Preparing for rhinoplasty- If you smoke, your doctor will ask you to stop one or two weeks before your procedure. He or she may also ask you to discontinue or even start taking certain medications and supplements.

Recovery- Each person heals differently, but most people need one to two weeks to recover from rhinoplasty. After surgery, you may have gauze packing in your nose and a splint for a few days until the nose bones stabilize. You'll also see bruising around your eyes and cheeks for one to three weeks. Although you may feel well, you may not want to return to work for a week until the bruises fade. Your doctor will let you know when you can return to your regular exercise routines, but it will probably be two to three weeks until you've healed adequately.

It may be a full year before you see the complete results of nose surgery, because this part of the face heals slowly.

Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) One of the first areas of the face to exhibit signs of aging is the area around the eyes. Under-eye bags and sagging upper eyelids that come with age can be corrected through cosmetic eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty. This relatively minor cosmetic surgery procedure can refresh the appearance of the face and leave it looking years younger. Use the information provided below to learn more about eyelid surgery, benefits, and potential risks.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Cosmetic eyelid surgery dramatically improves the appearance of tired, droopy eyes. This is accomplished by removing excess skin and pockets of fat from the upper and lower eyelids. Many patients combine blepharoplasty with other treatments such as brow lift to eliminate drooping eyebrows, and various cosmetic dermal fillers to treat crow’s feet.

Blepharoplasty Candidates

Blepharoplasty is best suited for patients in good physical health who have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure. While most people who undergo eyelid surgery are older than 35, those who have inherited droopy eyelids sometimes undergo the procedure at an earlier age.

For many patients, eyelid plastic surgery can be a means of improving vision obstructed by drooping lids. Those who may not be well-suited for blepharoplasty include patients who suffer from insufficient tear production, high blood pressure, diabetes, circulatory disorders, cardiovascular disease, or thyroid disease.

Preparing for Eyelid Surgery Before undergoing blepharoplasty, or any other surgical procedure for that matter, you may experience a certain level of nervousness. This is a perfectly normal way to feel leading up to a surgery. There are, however, ways to physically and emotionally prepare for eyelid surgery that will help make for as comfortable and successful a procedure as possible.

Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery The goal for upper eyelid surgery is usually to lift the lid by removing excess skin. During lower eyelid surgery, a combination of excess skin and fatty deposits are removed to eliminate the bag under the eye. The result of both procedures is a smoother, younger-looking appearance.

Eyelid Surgery Recovery

Recovery from cosmetic eyelid surgery is relatively easy and yields the best results when instructions are followed closely. Ointment for the skin is often prescribed, and bandages are applied to protect the eyes. Among other precautions, the head should remain elevated as much as possible. Most blepharoplasty patients can return to work and normal activities within 10 days of their procedure.

Eyelid Surgery Risks and Benefits

Every type of surgery has risks, but you can usually help prevent complications by carefully following your physician's instructions. It's important to talk with your plastic surgeon before surgery to be sure you understand the potential risks and complications. If you don't understand something, ask!

However, the benefits that eyelid surgery affords, like an enhanced appearance and improvement in sight for those with extremely droopy eyelids, are long-lasting and can be life-changing. Eyelid Surgery Results The results of blepharoplasty surgery are typically long-lasting and very satisfying for the patient. When patients have realistic expectations going into surgery and closely follow their surgeon’s instructions for recovery, cosmetic eyelid surgery can be a very successful and fulfilling procedure.

Breast reduction can relieve the physical and psychological burdens of excessive breast tissue. Men and women choosing breast reduction often suffer from back and neck pain, reduced mobility, and social stigmatization. A surgical breast reduction allows them to participate in active sports, relieves back pain, and creates a flattering profile.

Procedure

Breast reduction formerly involved large incisions in the skin, surgical removal of the unwanted tissue (the actual breast reduction), repositioning of the nipple, and suturing of the wound, resulting in an "anchor scar." Newer breast reduction techniques, including liposuction, result in quicker recovery times and little or no scarring. Candidates for breast reduction meet with the cosmetic surgeon to discuss options, risks, and desired outcomes prior to breast reduction surgery. Anesthesia is also discussed, and many patients will chose to remain conscious during their breast reduction procedure, while most others will elect for sedation rather than general anesthesia. Many side effects of breast reduction surgery are related to the use of general anesthesia, and most modern breast reduction procedures no longer require its use.

Recovery

The recovery time for each patient following their breast reduction can vary based upon the amount of tissue removed and other factors. Many breast reduction patients are able to return to work within days of the operation, although a breast reduction often prevents individuals from resuming any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for a few weeks. Breast reduction results will emerge as the swelling goes down, over the first days and weeks following the breast reduction, with the final results appearing around a year after the surgery.

Breast Augmentation is a form of plastic surgery that offers a woman many options for changing the size and shape of her breasts. Technology and medical procedures have improved drastically in recent years, and this type of cosmetic surgery is far less invasive than it has been in past years. During breast implant surgery, doctors place sacks filled with saline or silicone implants behind the breast tissue or the pectoralis (chest) muscle to enhance or enlarge a woman's breasts. These implants can increase breast size by one or more bra cup sizes. If there is a significant size difference between breasts, implants can make them equal. Breast implants are "envelopes" filled with saline solution or silicone gel filled. They vary in size and shape, and the implant your plastic surgeon recommends will depend on your anatomy and desired results. Your plastic surgeon may use any of a number of surgical techniques, depending on your body type and the desired result. He or she will make an incision under the arm, in the crease between the breast and the chest, or around the areola (the darkened pigment around the nipple), where the scar will be less conspicuous. The doctor then inserts an implant between the breast and the chest wall.

Good candidates

Breast implants can give you a better-proportioned figure. You're a good candidate for breast implants if you are healthy, your breasts are fully developed, and you have realistic expectations about the results. Changing your breast size will not change your life, but it may make you feel better about your body. You may want to consider breast enlargement if:

  1. Your breasts' size and/or shape bother you -- and you've felt this way for a long time.

  2. You've always had small breasts and want a fuller bust line.

  3. Your clothing fits at the waist and hips, but not at the bust line.

  4. If your breasts have lost volume, shape or firmness due to weight loss, childbirth or aging.

  5. You feel self-conscious about one breast being noticeably smaller than the other.

Risks

The cons of this surgery mostly revolve around the healing process. When a woman has had this type of plastic surgery, she should expect that some time will be needed for full recovery. A special surgical bra is usually worn for a few days after this cosmetic surgery, to support the breast and allow healing. A woman will find that she will need to avoid heavy lifting or exercise until she is healed properly. Usually, a woman can return to her usual routines after several weeks.

Preparing For Breast Implants

Before getting breast implants, talk honestly with your surgeon about your expectations; he or she can tell you if they're realistic. Before surgery, ask your surgeon about the location and size of the surgical incisions. Your plastic surgeon and the office staff will tell you which medications and nutritional supplements - including aspirin and aspirin-containing products - you must stop taking before surgery. If you smoke, you should stop at least one month before surgery.

Recovery After surgery

You'll need to support your breasts 24 hours a day. At first, your stitches will be taped and bandaged. When the doctor determines you can wear a surgical bra, follow his or her instructions carefully. By supporting your breasts during this period, you are more likely to avoid pain and discomfort. And by supporting your breasts while they settle into place, you're more likely to get the results you want. After a few days, you can return to your regular activities, except for exercise. While you're healing, avoid vigorous movement, especially with your arms. Over the next few months, your breasts will heal and settle, and you'll begin to see your body in a new light.

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