Cosmetic surgery is growing in popularity, and there seems to be no procedure that isn’t of interest to both men and women. No one is perfect, and if you’re not happy with what you see in the mirror – you’re not alone. Injectables, such as Botox, and other minimally invasive procedures are topping the lists but the bigger procedures are more widespread than ever.

Many people these days seem to have a love affair with trying to find the ‘perfect look’ and build the face and body, and they’re using the help of a doctor’s knife to get there. Here are our top five leaders in cosmetic surgery and their plastic appeals.

1. Breast Augmentation

Every day in both Australia and America, thousands of women are involved in breast surgery procedures. Some do it to enhance or shape the area for medical, practical or personal reasons whilst others are doing it as a life and death situation, such is the case with breast cancer patients.

Although each case is different, most women will agree they do it for the same reason – an increase in confidence as the number one benefit. Whilst a healthy dose of confidence can be beneficial for many of us, breast surgery is a decision you shouldn’t make lights – regardless of your circumstances.

During the procedure, an incision is made by the surgeon who creates a pocket underneath the muscle for the implant to be inserted. Not everyone however, is a candidate for this procedure. The best candidates for this surgery are healthy and do not smoke. They are near or at their ideal weight and have just enough breast tissue to cover and support an implant.

There are some risks for this surgery. The risks include scarring, infection, implant rupture and the potential need for the implants to be removed in the future. It’s important to be completely honest with your doctor about why you want the procedure and your medical history – this way, the surgeon can discuss the risks with you and determine whether you’re a candidate for this surgery.

2. Liposuction

With body image a rising concern for many women, liposuction is emerging as one of the popular surgeries. People of a standard weight will turn to this procedure to remove localised pockets of fat that don’t respond to exercise or diet. The popularity is declining, however. In 2000, there were 354,000 liposuction surgeries, and in 2006, there were 303,000.

There are all types of new procedures that can help to make the liposuction experience more desirable whilst still removing the fat deposits or reshaping of the area. Laser lipolysis, for instance, does not require the use of suction. This method is preferable because it uses a laser housed inside a cannula to liquefy the fat. The fat is later drained from the body though small incisions. Smart Lipo is one of the most desirable types of liposuction because it allows the body to heal faster and yields smoother skin.

To qualify, candidates should be a healthy weight, with firm elastic skin. You need to be physically fit and of course aware of any limitations the procedure can have for you. Whilst there are no age barriers, older people tend to have less skin elasticity and may not achieve the same results as a younger person with tighter skin.

3. Rhinoplasty or Nose Reshaping

Rhinoplasty, in the past, was one of the most coveted surgeries available. Women were always seeking a more ideal look, especially in the modelling and film industry. Many people sought Rhinoplasty to achieve a more symmetric face – a nose that is out of shape can detract from the rest of your appearance resulting in lower self-confidence with your overall look.

The best candidates for nose reshaping or rhinoplasty do not smoke, and they are in good health. It’s important to be realistic about your expectations, and most will agree a natural looking nose surgery is more beneficial. Patients who feel their noses are too large, too asymmetrical, or too flat may seek rhinoplasty corrective surgery. When people have broken noses, they may have corrective surgery to improve breathing and appearance.

4. Eyelid Surgery or Blepharoplasty

Surprisingly, eyelid surgeries are growing in popularity. This is primarily due to the stress and strain of the push and pulls effect on that area of the face. This is often one of the first places that he or she begins to show his or her age. People who have drooping eyelids can make a person appear as if they are constantly tired, angry, or sad. Some people have even reported that drooping eyelids have even affected their vision.

The best candidates for eyelid surgery are non-smokers who are in good health. They should have realistic expectations of their surgical outcome. Patients who will benefit from this surgery have excess or sagging skin around the eyes. The procedure is also effective for removing bags from underneath the eyes.

5. Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty

Even if you lose weight, you may have excess skin around the abdominal area. Unfortunately, no amount of diet and exercise can reduce the amount of excess skin present on the body. This is why tummy tucks have become so popular in people who have achieved a healthy weight and shed a lot of weight. This procedure may cause some scarring, but many patients will agree that minimal scarring is a good trade-off for a surgery that can lift self-confidence and help you look better in a bikini again.

The best candidates for abdominoplasty are non-smokers who have a stable weight and are in good health. Patients who have excess skin and fat near the abdomen are the best candidates. Abdominoplasty is not recommended for weight loss, but can be recommended for body contouring.

What You Should Know Before Going Under the Knife

Being honest with yourself and your doctor, and thoroughly discussing any concerns you have before you consider going under the knife will improve your chances of having a favourable outcome. In Australia and America, the cosmetic and medical standards are recognised as some of the highest in the world – and for good reason too. The industry is strictly regulated and well respected – when it comes to your body and face, the choice is yours, so choosing quality means you’re going to make a positive change for the better – for you, at minimal risk.

Jayde

Jayde Ferguson writes for Robert Goldman – an experienced cosmetic surgeon specialising in breast reduction surgery. Catch Jayde on Google+ to discuss this piece.

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