People have been using medical technology and expertise for cosmetic means for thousands of years. In the modern United States, the cosmetic surgery industry is a booming one with an increased self-reflective aestheticism stemming from the mass use of social media. Here are 5 of the most important cosmetic procedures practiced by professionals today. Remember to always consult with your doctor before getting any cosmetic surgery.
Botox injections are one of the least invasive cosmetic procedures. The best Botox treatments are relatively painless, although their effects only last for a few weeks at a time. Botox essentially acts like a filler – tightening the skin to remove the appearance of wrinkles. For this reason, it is often marketed as a way of making people look and feel younger for a small amount of time.
Liposuction is a surgery that removes unwanted subdermal fat deposits using a medical vacuum. Although the surgery is extremely popular, there is no evidence to suggest that it has any permanent effect on appearance or has any use in controlling obesity problems in patients.
Breast enlargement is the most popular kind of cosmetic surgery in the United States. As the name might suggest, this kind of procedure is completed in order to increase the size of a patient’s breasts. Patients choose to get this procedure due to personal taste and societal pressure. Silicone is the most commonly used material for breast augmentation, as it is rarely rejected from the human body and is highly mailable.
Abdominoplasty is usually referred to as a tummy tuck procedure. It involves the flattening of the abdomen by removing skin and fat. Abdominoplasty is a relatively major surgery and should only be considered as a last resort by patients that cannot remove fat deposits or who have excess fat or skin as the result of an illness. This kind of surgery is not recommended for people who want to become pregnant in the future. Pregnancy can separate the abdominal muscles that a tummy tuck has artificially connected together. Some people choose this surgery after they have lost a great deal of weight and have lots of excess loose skin.
Rhinoplasty – more commonly known as a nose lift or nose job – is one of the oldest kinds of plastic surgery that is still practiced today. The most ancient record of a rhinoplasty procedure comes from India in the 6th Century BC. An Indian scholar described how a flap of skin could be cut and repositioned above the nose in order to heal disfigurements. Rhinoplasty only took off in the West a millennium or so later, when a syphilis epidemic in Europe led to widespread nasal malformation. Thousands of people opted to undergo cosmetic nasal surgery – often using skin grafted from their arms. World War 1 saw huge advances in rhinoplasty due to the number of soldiers returning from the front with facial injuries. The techniques developed in the war form the basis for today’s rhinoplasty operations.