Cosmetic Surgery: What to Know Before Going Under

Cosmetic surgery, also known as plastic surgery, is something society has embraced as the norm. The multi-billion dollar industry has seen a rise in procedures in recent years, with the US leading the industry. The most common cosmetic surgeries are breast augmentations, rhinoplasty, and a Brazilian butt lift. This blog overviews these procedures and helps you decide if they suit you.

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A rhinoplasty, better known as a nose job, is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed on both men and women. It is mainly for people who want to change the shape of their nose to obtain facial balance or to help with breathing problems. Depending on the nose, the doctor will correct the nose by shifting the cartilage in the lower part of the nose or redesigning the nasal bone. The aftercare of a nose job can be seemingly tricky due to the location of the surgical procedure. The most important thing to do is to avoid putting pressure on the nose to ensure the surgery heals properly.

Breast augmentations are also a standard cosmetic procedure done by a plastic surgeon. In simple terms, an augmentation changes the appearance of the breast, whether it is making them bigger, smaller, or symmetrical. The procedure is inherently different, but pre-surgery can be somewhat tedious. During a consultation, your surgeon will ask what your goals are and create a plan from there. You will have to decide between fat grafting, silicone, or saline implants and whether you want a low, moderate, high, or ultra-high profile implant. In the case of making them smaller, one would opt out for a breast reduction, known as a reduction mammoplasty. This surgery is typically done when the size of the woman’s breasts has caused complications such as chronic back pain, nerve pain, or poor self-image. The procedure removes the excess fat and tissue from the breast, and the surgeon will give a symmetrical shape to the breasts. The recovery from a breast augmentation/reduction is relatively simple. It is essential to keep the stitches clean and refrain from strenuous activity and sitting in water until your stitches have fully healed.

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A Brazilian butt lift, commonly known as a BBL, is a procedure where the surgeon enhances the look of the buttocks. It is done by performing liposuction in the thighs, stomach, or lower back and strategically injecting the fat into the buttocks. This procedure is relatively new in the cosmetic world, but many receive this procedure due to the aesthetics of having an excellent shape. During your consultation with your surgeon, you will discuss your goals and how the surgery will take place along with recovery. It is important to note that out of all cosmetic procedures, Brazilian butt lifts have the most risks due to how the surgery is performed. It is essential to consider all options for changing the appearance of your shape before considering a BBL surgery.

Aftercare is more critical than the procedure itself with all of these procedures. You want to follow the post-surgery instructions because it can result in deformed results and possibly a corrective surgery. The most crucial aftercare for all surgeries is to rest and allow your body to recover. It can seem like a nuisance to stop and heal, but it is vital for your recovery. Another essential part of recovery is keeping up with your appointments so your surgeon can keep up with your recovery and ensure your procedure is healing accurately.  

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It is also important to note the importance of choosing the right surgeon. There are many surgeons, but you want to look for a board-certified surgeon with years of expertise in your procedure. Along with finding the right surgeon, you also want to look for recent reviews for your surgery. If you are considering any of these procedures, visit the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery for more information about your surgery of choice and to find the surgeon that is right for you.

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