On Recovering After Plastic Surgery

The decision to go under the knife to improve one’s appearance is a commendable thing, as it is not easy to undergo surgery to achieve the look one aspires to get. Even more, the recovery period is not exactly free from discomforts, such as movement limitations and pain on the surgical site.

Thankfully, people do not have to suffer that much while undergoing plastic surgery. There are even several things that they can do to prepare themselves before and after the procedure so as to minimize the risks of serious complications. Continue Reading

Body Contouring for Weight Loss Victors

A lot of Americans know and understand the sheer difficulty and discipline that is required to lose weight. Shows like The Biggest Loser and Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition have documented jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring stories of perseverance and success in the face of long odds. Continue Reading

Common Plastic Surgery Procedures

Plastic surgeries are becoming more and more common. Although some people may frown upon these procedures, no one can deny the fact that people who undergo plastic surgery (re)gain much-needed self-confidence. Eventually, most of these people achieve success in many aspects (work, love, social) of their lives due to that new self-confidence. That said, here are some of the most common plastic surgery procedures: Continue Reading

Top Reasons why Plastic Surgery is Necessary

The desire to undergo plastic surgery is not really for the sake of vanity; sometimes a person’s profession demands it. Case in point is Julie Chen, a co-host of The Talk. She revealed that she underwent plastic surgery almost 20 years ago in order to get rid of her “Asian eyes”. The boss she had worked for at that time pointedly told her that her Chinese look made her look bored and disinterested while doing interviews, thus aborting any future chances for her to earn an anchor’s role at the station. Continue Reading

Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures

Most people are not content with how they look, and because of this, there will come a point in their life when they would want a part of them reshaped or corrected because for them, that part disfigures their whole being. This is where plastic surgery comes in.

Here are some of the most popular plastic surgery procedures according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons:

Breast Lift

In 2010, 89,931 breast lifts were performed, which increased 3% compared to 2009. This type of procedure repositions the nipple on a higher place on the chest wall. Women who have breasts that are finished developing undergo this procedure, but can also be done to women before or after they get pregnant. Moreover, remember that breastfeeding is still possible after a breast lift.

Face Lift

As a person is aging, the face will sag and fold, and a facelift can help in stretching the skin towards the scalp, which will then tighten and smoothen it. After the procedure is done, the patient will need to wait for about 2 weeks to return to her normal routine.

Nose Reshaping

This type of procedure improves the appearance of a person’s nose, which also helps in enhancing self-confidence. It can also correct breathing abnormalities caused by the structure of a person’s nose.

An Overview of Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery gained popularity in the 1990s, with more than 5,000 board-certified surgeons active in the U.S. alone. In an effort to protect the rights of both doctors and patients, a bill requiring insurance companies to cover the costs of plastic surgery was even signed by then President Bill Clinton. This however, was exclusive for women who had undergone a mastectomy.

People undergo plastic surgery for many reasons. Some want to change a feature they don’t like, while others do it to look younger. With rapid technological advancements throughout the years, plastic surgery has improved and is now capable of providing more natural-looking results.

There are two types of plastic surgery: reconstructive and cosmetic. Reconstructive surgeries are done to improve any malformation in any part of the human body caused by congenital deformities or accidents. These include physical birth defects (such as cleft lip and cleft palate), animal bites, burns, and diseases (such as breast cancer).

Cosmetic surgeries, on the other hand, are performed to improve particular areas, such as the face (face lift), nose (rhinoplasty), breasts (reduction or augmentation), and abdomen (tummy tuck). Some cosmetic surgeries are also done to contour the body after weight loss.

If you are planning to undergo plastic surgery, you should choose a trustworthy plastic surgeon with extensive experience in a variety of plastic surgery procedures. Since plastic surgery can be a life-changing decision, your potential doctor’s experience is your indicator to his/her competence.

There’s More to Plastic Surgery Than Meets the Eye

Plastic surgery, for most people, is practically synonymous with changes in physical appearance. As with any type of change, however, acceptance doesn’t come easy. It is important to note that acceptance doesn’t only pertain to those people whom the patient will encounter following the surgery. Rather, acceptance starts with the patient himself or herself. More to the point, the one who is about to go under the knife must accept the possible (and, in time, actual) changes which would manifest.

Embracing those changes is easier said than done. For that reason, it pays to have a strong support system in the form of family and friends whom you know accept you no matter your appearance. This kind of support will make it easier for you to stand by your decision to make permanent changes in your body. That same support will see you through the recovery stage later on.

Just as people start to adapt to the new you, you too (if slowly) will begin to embrace your new self. That emotional roller coaster ride towards your physical improvement will be a lot more bearable if you can draw strength from your support system. For all things considered, this type of surgery is not simply a body altering one; it is in fact, a life-changing one.