For some people, beauty means liking what you see in the
mirror and having makeovers to accomplish it.
Plastic surgery can improve your appearance. It can also
improve confidence. But it cannot restore your self-esteem if you have
insecurities related to your body. Most plastic surgeons screen for this type
of emotional disorder and will not perform surgery if they suspect that you have
such difficulties. Instead, they will refer such patients for mental health
Plastic surgery comes from the Greek word plastikós,
which means “that which can be molded.” Cosmetic surgery is
performed by doctors who are specially trained and certified to perform
cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.
- Be sure the surgery will be performed at a surgical
facility—an outpatient office with a surgical suite or a hospital.
- Be sure the physician is approved to
practice at a nearby hospital facility.
- Choose a physician who specializes in the
procedure you are having.
- Look for a surgeon who is board certified by
the American Board of Plastic Surgery or another recognized professional
Many body flaws can be corrected, from loose skin under
the arms to a second toe that’s longer than the first (corrected by removing
bone in a procedure called a “toe tuck”). The following surgeries are
Breast reduction, enlargement, or lift
The sizes and shapes of breasts can
be changed by removing breast tissue, inserting implants, or changing the
position of the nipple and areola. According to the American Society of Plastic
Surgeons (ASPS), breast enlargement is one of the most popular surgeries.
Removes fat from thighs, hips, stomach, chin, and other
Abdominoplasty ( “tummy tuck”)
Flattens the stomach by removing fat and tightening
Makes the nose smaller or gives it more pleasing
Repositions or recontours large or irregularly shaped
Removes sagging skin.