Perhaps since the beginning of time, we have made concerted efforts to change our outward appearances for the better. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that plastic surgery may be one of the world’s oldest healing arts. In fact, there is documentation of the use of surgical means for correcting facial injuries dating back more than 4,000 years ago.

However, progress in plastic surgery, like most of medicine, moved glacially for hundreds of years.

Cosmetic plastic surgery includes surgical and nonsurgical procedures that enhance and reshape a part of the body to improve appearance and confidence. You may be a good candidate for cosmetic surgery if you’re healthy, have reasonable expectations, and know the risks of the procedure you’re considering.

Plastic surgery is a personal choice and should be done for yourself, not to meet someone else’s expectations or to try to fit an ideal image. Since cosmetic surgery is elective, it is usually not covered by health insurance.

No surgical procedure is without risk. Before your surgery, you and your surgeon should talk in depth about your health, your lifestyle (including exercise, drinking, and smoking), any conditions you have, and any medications or supplements you take. Following are some of the most common procedures performed today.

Vampire Facelift

Combining injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) taken from your own blood with hyaluronic acid-based fillers like Juvéderm or Restylane, a vampire facelift can add volume, smooth lines, and improve skin texture. The growth factors in PRP encourage your cells to regenerate. Combined with fillers, it stimulates your skin’s natural production of collagen, elastin, and fat cells, so your results improve over time.


Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses a suction technique to remove fat from specific areas of the body, such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, arms or neck. Liposuction also shapes (contours) these areas. Liposuction isn’t typically considered a weight-loss alternative. If you’re overweight, you’re likely to lose more weight through diet and exercise than you would with liposuction.


Rhinoplasty sometimes referred to as a “nose job” the surgeon reshapes the patient’s nose to improve the appearance and often breathing, too. It may involve reshaping the tip and reducing the bony hump at the upper aspect of the nose. If you’re looking for a more symmetrical nose, keep in mind that everyone’s face is asymmetric to some degree. Results may not be completely symmetric. However, the goal is to create facial balance and correct proportion.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation has been the most popular cosmetic surgery in 2018 and has been for the past few years. Breast augmentation is also referred to as augmentation mammoplasty. When fat from another part of the patient’s body is used to create the improved breast volume, the procedure is referred to as fat transfer breast augmentation. Breast augmentation surgery will increase fullness and projection of your breasts, improve the balance of breast and hip contours and enhance your self-image and self-confidence.

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