Plastic Surgery in and around Georgia
Plastic Surgery Overview
Cosmetic Surgery is gaining popularity in the United States and all over the world. Cosmetic surgeons are practicing their trade with great frequency and the persons undergoing cosmetic surgery are normally quite happy with the results. There are many procedures that are categorized as “cosmetic surgery”. Here are several that are extremely popular:
Liposuction – Also called lipoplasty or body sculpting, liposuction is a form of cosmetic surgery that removes pockets of fat from the body. These pockets of fat are hard to get rid of in most people. These problem areas, sometimes referred to as “love handles” and “saddle bags”, create a poor self body image. With liposuction, these areas of fat are literally sucked out through a small, practically painless incision. Symptoms that may occur after liposuction is performed are swelling, bruising, and sometimes pain or numbness around the incision site(s). In many instances, those having liposuction return to work after only a few days! An approximate cost for this cosmetic surgery is $2,000, but it varies greatly from area to area and is dependant on how much fat is to be removed.
In today’s world, our culture dictates a very unrealistic body shape to be considered fit and beautiful, many people find this a problem and suffer from many different psychological complications because of the fact that they feel they do not fit the body requirements to make them attractive enough to be happy, healthy and attract partners.
While most of us understand that this is not normal and that no one should be judged upon his looks alone, we have to agree, in all honesty, that looks does make up a lot of what people think about others and that looks also have, to some degree, an effect on ones success in society.
The development of the liposuction industry has created a situation in which people can modify their looks in a catalog style way, without going through weeks and sometimes even months of fighting overweight and working out in the gym, now everyone can order the body he or she wants and get it, if they got the money to pay for it.
It does come at a price though, most of us have seen those “swan” like shows on television and we know that this procedure is not a pleasant experience, but for those who want this bad enough, it is a dream come true, the ability to loss weight fast, with the help of professionals and start fresh without the regular exhaustion that accompanies every long diet and physical exercise routine.
The liposuction procedure is a process in which fat deposits are surgically removed from a specific area of the body. Liposuction can potentially include almost all the parts of the body, thighs, knees, breasts, buttocks, arms, back and other areas which have excess fat can be treated by liposuction, and naturally the abdomen is one of the regular points people want fixed.
Anyone seriously considering liposuction should know what this process involves, even if you are not the kind that likes to watch ER and faints at the sight of blood, it is important that you understand what your body is going to experience and to agree to every single treatment you are going to have. You should know that liposuction is performed when the patient is under anesthesia. The treating doctor will then make an incision in the part or area that the patient has asked be treated, and inserts a vacuum-like instrument that will push and pull the fat until it is lose enough to be suctioned out.
After liposuction, and the surgery has been completed, the patient will have to rest, an elastic garment will be placed around the place that the liposuction procedure has been performed on, and there is a high probability that the doctors will prescribe some pain killers as well as antibiotics to significantly reduce the risk of infection. The patient will be asked to refrain from effort making activates for a few months, and will have to mainly rest for the first few days, it is not uncommon that patients who had liposuction suffer considerable pain and anyone thinking about having liposuction should know that, while pills can reduce the pain it will not eliminate it completely.
I hope that after reading this article you have understood the process a little better and that now you can make your decisions about getting a liposuction, in any case, it is highly recommended that you check and research all the aspects of this procedure before deciding to take it. good luck.
Breast Implants – Sometimes called breast enhancement or breast augmentation, this cosmetic surgery consists of sliding saline-filled bags between the chest muscles and the breast tissue. Many stay in bed for a couple days after having breast implants, but in most cases, those having this procedure can return to work in less than a week. No vigorous exercising should be done right after this surgery. An approximate cost for this cosmetic surgery is $3,000, but it varies greatly depending on the expertise of the surgeon and the location.
“Nose job” –For this cosmetic surgical procedure, a surgeon reshapes the patient’s nose in any way desirable. It is done by removing the skin and completely changing the structure of the nose, including bone and cartilage. Most patients stay home and rest for at least a day or two, while bruising and swelling are worst for the first three days after surgery. The bruising will normally subside in about a week, but the swelling may be noticeable for several weeks. In most cases, the patient is back to their old self (with a completely new nose) within three weeks. An approximate cost for this cosmetic surgery is $4,000, but it varies greatly on the location and expertise of the surgeon.
With rhinoplasty being the second most popular plastic surgery procedure performed in 2004 (according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons), nose surgery is moving from the realm of the rich and famous into the homes of regular people like you and me. Now that this procedure is more accessible than ever, it’s only natural that you will be exposed to a lot of information about it – some true, some doubtful, some downright false. In this article, we’ll try to address some of the most popular misconceptions surrounding rhinoplasty.
- Every plastic surgeon can do a rhinoplasty surgery – Technically, yes. Most plastic surgeons will have rhinoplasty on their list of performed procedures. However, that doesn’t mean that every plastic surgeon can achieve good rhinoplasty results. Rhinoplasty is a challenging procedure, both from a medical and an artistic point of view. A plastic surgeon must have a thorough understanding of the internal anatomy of the nose and the workings of the respiratory system, so that the reshaped nose is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also fully functional. Since the nose is such a major factor in our face’s overall appearance, the plastic surgeon also needs to have a strong sense of artistry, to create a nose that fits beautifully with the rest of the patient’s face.
- Rhinoplasty is motivated by vanity – Despite the widely-held belief that people get nose surgery solely for cosmetic reasons, it’s not uncommon for this procedure to correct breathing problems (e.g. a septum deviation) in addition to enhancing the appearance of the nose. At the same time, it has been established that in patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their nose, having rhinoplasty may lead to a physical and emotional transformation that will enhance their self-confidence and ultimately their quality of life. From this perspective, the effect of rhinoplasty is comparable more to a therapeutic treatment than a selfish gratification for the patient’s vanity.
- Rhinoplasty is painful – Unlike other plastic surgery procedures like breast implants or tummy tuck, rhinoplasty is not usually painful. Most surgeons perform rhinoplasty under general anesthesia, so you will be fully asleep and will not feel a thing. After the surgery, you will have a small nose cast for 7 to 10 days, during which you will most likely feel congested, as if having a cold. The area around your nose and eyes may be swollen and bruised (especially if your nasal bones have been reshaped); however, the overall discomfort you will experience after the surgery is minimal.
- Everyone will notice you had a nose job – If your nose requires a major change – like removing a large bump – people around you might indeed notice the difference in your nose. However, if your nose needs only a refinement of the bridge or tip, chances are the perceived change in your appearance will be less dramatic than you anticipate. After all, nobody is as intimately familiar with your facial features as you are, so making a minor change to them may not be very obvious to the outside world. Also, keep in mind that a good surgeon will avoid providing you with an “operated-looking nose”, and instead will strive to achieve a balance between your reshaped nose and the rest of your facial features, so they naturally complement each other.
- Rhinoplasty will get you the nose of your dreams – While having rhinoplasty can dramatically improve the appearance of your nose, there are certain limitations to what a plastic surgeon can do, based on your given bone and skin structure. At the same time, there is a chance that you won’t be fully satisfied with the results of your surgery. Statistics show that between 10% and 15% of rhinoplasty surgeries require a secondary procedure, to either enhance or correct the results of the first. This is sometimes due to the nose healing and developing in ways that the surgeon cannot predict or control. In other cases, the patients’ dissatisfaction with the final results is due to poor communication with the doctor about the intended outcome of the surgery. However, this occurrence is an exception rather than the rule, since most patients report to be happier with their physical appearance after the surgery than before.
So what is the key to successfully achieving the nose of your dreams? Going back to point one – it’s carefully researching, selecting and communicating with your surgeon! How long has he or she been performing nose surgeries? What is their surgical accreditation? What does their safety record look like? Take a good luck at images of his or her rhinoplasty patients – does their reshaped nose measure up to your idea of beauty? Can you picture your own nose looking like that? If you do, the next step consists in ensuring that both you and your surgeon have a very clear understanding of what you expect your nose to look like and what is attainable from a medical point of view. Armed with good knowledge and a positive attitude, you’re on your best way to achieving a more attractive and confident YOU!
Facelift – As we age, the skin of the face tends to sag and fold. This type of cosmetic surgery takes the skin of the face and stretches it toward the scalp, tightening and smoothing it. Bruising and swelling is common after this procedure. The bruising can fade in around two weeks, while the swelling could last a bit longer. Numbness of the face is common, as well, and can last several weeks. For the first several days after a facelift, it is important to take it easy, rest and stay out of the sun. An approximate cost for this cosmetic surgery is $5,000, but can be more.
Botox injections – This cosmetic procedure is used to smooth wrinkles and “frown lines” around the eyes. Botox injections paralyse the forehead muscles, so there will be less movement. Swelling, bruising and numbness are common after botox, but no recovery time is normally required. Most get the injections and are back to their daily routine immediately! A Botox cosmetic procedure needs to be repeated every 4 months or so, as the effects are not permanent. An approximate cost for this cosmetic procedure is $300-$400 per treatment, but can be more.
Blepharoplasty – Better known as eyelid surgery, this cosmetic surgery reshapes the eyelids. Its purpose is to remove bagginess and tighten the loose skin around the eyelids. Swelling and bruising is normal, with the swelling going down after a week and the bruising fading after about ten days. Some side effects of this procedure are blurry vision, dry eyes or frequent tearing. An approximate cost for this cosmetic surgery is anywhere between $2,000 and $4,000, depending on location and the amount of reshaping the surgeon has to do.
Eyelid surgery, called blepharoplasty, is a type of cosmetic surgery that removes excess fat from the upper and lower eyelids. Age, illness, and even heredity can result in puffy or drooping eyelids that cause individuals to look tired and worn out. In extreme cases, sagging eyelids may even interfere with vision. Eyelid surgery can correct this by removing extraneous fat and trimming sagging skin and muscle tissue. Once the incisions have healed and the swelling has gone down, eyes look rejuvenated, more alert, and youthful.
Selecting a reputable plastic surgeon is critical to a successful surgery. The surgeon you select should be Board Certified and have considerable experience with blepharoplasty. Once you have selected a surgeon, the initial consultation is very important. Make sure to bring detailed copies of your medical records, since the doctor will need to complete a medical history. The doctor will perform a close examination of your eyes and eyelids, including a vision exam, as well as discuss your goals for the surgery. Your surgeon will also use the initial consultation to go over the details of the procedure, the expected results, the risks, and the costs involved.
If you are considering eyelid surgery, it is important to thoroughly research the procedure, even if this just means talking over the details with your surgeon. Blepharoplasty is a relatively safe procedure, although like all other surgeries, you do run the risk of complications. When performed by a qualified surgeon, complications resulting from blepharoplasty are infrequent and typically minor. Minor complications may include temporary swelling of the eyelids, excess tearing, temporary blurred or double vision, tissue tenderness, sensitivity to light, and scarring at the site of the incision. More serious complications include infections and a reaction to the anesthesia used in the procedure. Occasionally patients find that they have difficulty closing their eyes after blepharoplasty. Most often this is a temporary side effect, although there have been reports of the condition becoming permanent. In rare cases, patients may experience a pulling down of their lower eyelids, called ectropion, which requires additional surgical procedures.
Most eyelid surgeries are performed under a local anesthesia which is used to numb the tissue and muscles around your eyes. Your surgeon may also give you a sedative, either orally or intravenously, to help relax you since patients are kept awake during the procedure. Under local anesthesia, you will not feel any pain but may experience some tugging or pressure during the surgery. In certain circumstances, some surgeons opt to perform blepharoplasty under a general anesthetic, in which case the patient is asleep throughout the entire procedure.
The surgeries typically last from 90 minutes to 3 hours, depending on how many eyelids are to be corrected. During the procedure, the surgeon makes small incisions along the natural lines of the eyelids – just under the eyelashes on the lower lids and in the deep creases of your upper eyelids. Excess fat is removed through the incision, and sagging muscle and skin are trimmed to neaten your appearance. Once the trimming is completed, your surgeon will use tiny sutures to stitch up the incision.
Once the surgery is complete, your surgeon will advise you on how to care for the incision. You will likely to be told to keep your eyes lubricated with an antibiotic ointment and take pain medication to control any discomfort you feel during the healing process. Cold compresses can be used to minimize swelling and bruising although patients will find that even with the compresses the swelling, tenderness, and bruising will be present for several days and may even last up to a month. Your eyes may tingle and feel gummy or dry for several days as well. Expect to return for a follow-up visit to your surgeon a few days after the procedure for a checkup and removal of your stitches.
Remember that the healing process takes time and it may be several weeks before you are completely recovered. In time the incisions will become less and less noticeable, fading into a thin white line that will be barely noticeable. The end result of the surgery though, should be brighter more alert eyes that make you look well-rested and youthful.
Although all of these procedures can be costly, they are worth the investment if you are unhappy with aspects of your appearance. One may be right for you. Ask your doctor about cosmetic surgery today!