Vanity is rising to an all time high.
Women and even men are in a constant search of ways to improve their appearance. Quite a few even take major risks to go about this process. The Cosmetic industry is continually moving forward, phenomenally advancing to bring new products to market, and making the most state-of-the-art surgical procedures available to you, the consumer.
It is important to differentiate between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery. Plastic Surgery is a recognizable surgical procedure, and is devoted to the surgical repair of defects of form or function. It includes cosmetic or (aesthetic) surgery, including reconstructive surgery. The word plastic is derived from the Greek plastikos meaning to mold or to shape. Its use in the description of cosmetic surgery is not associated with the synthetic polymer material known as plastic.
Cosmetic surgery is designed to improve cosmetics alone. Many surgical specialists are required to learn certain cosmetic procedures during their training. Procedures include dermatology, general surgery, plastic surgery, otolaryngology, maxillofacial surgery, and oculoplastic surgery.
The most common aesthetic/cosmetic procedures are listed as follows. Most of these are known by their common names.
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck): The reshaping and refirming of the abdomen.
Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery):The reshaping of the eyelids or the application of permanent eyeliner, including Asian Blepharoplasty.
Breast Augmentation (breast enlargement): Augmentation of the breasts. This involves either grafting fat from other areas of the body or using saline or silicone prosthetics. Primarily performed on women with Micromastia.
Breast Reduction: The removal of skin and glandular tissue. Aids is reducing shoulder and back pain in women with Gigantomastia, and Gigantomastia Micromastia. For men with gynecomastia.
Mastopexy (breast lift): Lifting and or reshaping of the breasts. Involves the removal of skin on the breasts, as an alternative to the removal of glandular tissue.
Buttock Augmentation: Enlargement of the buttocks. The procedure can be performed using silicone implants or by grafting fat from other areas of the body.
Chemical Peel: Minimizes the appearance of acne, pock, wrinkles, and other scars, age spots, freckles, and photo damage in general. Chemical Peels involve the use of carbolic acid (Phenol), trichloroacetic acid (TCA), glycolic acid (AHA), or salicylic acid (BHA), as the active agent.