Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery
Reconstructive and cosmetic breast, face and body surgeries strive to minimize the amount of visible scarring while maximizing the positive benefits. These procedures are often performed on patients after cancer or trauma surgery. From breast reconstruction or implants to tummy tucks to nose jobs, cosmetic surgeons add to, remove, or adjust existing physical structures to achieve the look that the patient wants. Key factors to keep in mind include cost, physical feasibility and longevity of results.
Breast surgeries include purely cosmetic procedures such as augmentations and lifts, which use implants and skin removal to enlarge and firm breasts. Mastectomies and breast reductions, on the other hand, can address medical issues such as severe physical trauma or difficulty breathing, respectively.
Facial plastic surgery spans the range from facelifts that remove excess sagging skin to rhinoplasty that reshapes the nose. Most procedures achieve their desired effects by either removing original tissue or grafting additional tissue harvested from another area of the body or an outside donor.
Reconstructive or cosmetic surgery for the body creates the appearance of a slimmer or more toned shape. Liposuction is popular for slimming by suctioning out excess fat deposits. Alternate procedures, including tummy tucks and arm lifts, remove excess skin to firm the body. A cosmetic or reconstructive surgeon often assists with trauma-related surgeries where they strive to reduce scarring for the patients.
- Abdominoplasty - Also known as a tummy tuck, abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure in which excess fat in the abdomen area is removed and the abdomen muscles are tightened.
- Bracheoplasty - An arm lift that reduces excess skin and fat between the underarm and the elbow.
- Liposuction - Also known as lipoplasty or suction-assisted lipectomy, is performed to remove unwanted deposits of fat from under the skin. The surgeon sculpts and re-contours a person's body by removing excess fat deposits that have been resistant to reduction by diet and exercise. The fat is permanently removed from under the skin with a suction device.
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