What is it?
Plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery refers to medical and surgical procedures done to specific body parts in order to restore function or to enhance their appearance.
What’s the difference between these three?
These three types of surgeries have similar techniques but are done for different reasons.
Plastic surgery is mainly performed to correct birth defects and to improve skin problems, for example blemishes, scars, warts and other unsightly problems.
Reconstructive surgery, on the other hand, is done to restore function lost or missing due to trauma, burns or birth defect.
Cosmetic surgery is done to enhance beauty and appearance or to make the person look younger.
What parts of my body can I change?
Body parts involve include:
- Skin. Improve appearance or remove blemishes
- Hair. Cover bald areas or remove unwanted hair
- Forehead. Enhance youthful appearance, remove wrinkles
- Face. Enhance youthful appearance, remove wrinkles
- Ears. Reduce size, to reshape or to improve
- Eyes. Alter eyelid appearance or remove eye bags
- Nose. Alter shape
- Jaw. Improve structure or enhance masculinity or femininity
- Breasts. Increase or decrease breast size
- Buttocks. Increase or decrease size
- Tummy. Remove fat and give a flatter, firmer appearance
What are some of the procedures?
The most common cosmetic surgeries done in the United States include:
- Breast augmentation
- Laser skin resurfacing
- Eyelid surgery
- Nose reshaping
- Face lift
- Tummy tuck
- Forehead lift
- Collagen injections
- Chemical peels
Some of the other common procedures include:
- Hair transplants
- Cosmetic ear surgery
- Breast reduction
- Cosmetic laser treatments
- Facial peels