8 Most Common Types of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

For people who want to adjust their appearance and reach their beauty goals, cosmetic plastic surgery may be a great option. Cosmetic surgery can tighten and improve the appearance of skin, adjust facial features, add or remove hair, and much more.

Cosmetic plastic surgery may also be used for medical purposes, such as for people who have had accidents, to restore the function of a body part, or to repair scars from surgery.

There are many procedures available, so here is a look at the eight most common types of cosmetic plastic surgery:

1. Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation refers to procedures which increase the size or change the shape of the breasts. When the size of the breast is increased, the procedure may also be called ‘breast implant surgery’. Breast augmentation is not the same as breast lifts or breast reduction, which are actually different types of procedures.

2. Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion uses a specialized tool that gently ‘sands’ down the top layer of skin. Once the top layer of skin has been removed, the area heals and new skin replaces the old. The end result is smoother-looking skin.

Dermabrasion is usually used for:

  • Acne scars
  • Age spots
  • Crow’s feet
  • Growths or lesions on the skin
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Wrinkles

3. Facelift

Facelifts repair sagging, loose, drooping, or wrinkled skin on the face. During this procedure, facial tissues are lifted, excess skin removed, and skin replaced over repositioned contours. Neck lifts are commonly done in conjunction with facelifts.

Other procedures commonly done along with facelifts include nose reshaping, forehead lifts, or eyelid surgery.

4. Hair transplantation

Hair transplantation surgery, also known as hair restoration, is performed to improve the appearance of baldness. In this procedure, hair is moved from an area of thick growth to a bald area.

In a single session, more than a thousand hairs may be moved. Some people may require more than one session. The hairs which are moved are permanent, which means that no long-term care is necessary. Most hair transplants result in successful hair growth after the procedure.

5. Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty refers to any surgery that repairs or reshapes the nose. Some people opt for rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons. Others may have a medical reason, such as difficulty breathing or birth defects.

Rhinoplasty can be used to:

  • Increase or reduce the size of the nose
  • Correct problems following an injury
  • Correct birth defects
  • Relieve or improve breathing problems
  • Narrow the shape of the nostrils
  • Change the shape of the bridge
  • Change the angle of the nose

6. Lip augmentation

Lip augmentation aims to give the patient fuller-looking lips. Usually, injectable dermal fillers are used to increase lip volume, shape, or structure.

Lip augmentation is not permanent. The effects tend to last around 6 months before a second procedure is necessary to restore shape and volume.

7. Liposuction

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that improves the shape of the body by removing fat deposits. This procedure is not intended for weight loss.

Localized fat deposits are removed directly beneath the skin by using a vacuum-suction canula, a pen-shaped instrument. Ultrasound may also be used to break up fat deposits prior to removal with suction.

Liposuction can be performed on the arms, thighs, stomach, hips, face, buttocks, and back. Liposuction can also remove fat tumors (lipomas) as well as reduce the size of breasts in men. This procedure can be used on more than one area in a single day.

8. Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a ‘tummy tuck’, is used to improve the shape of the abdomen. Tummy tucks remove excess fat and skin and restore weakened or separated muscles in the abdomen in order to improve the profile. Tummy tucks can improve the appearance of loose or sagging skin, but cannot remove stretch marks.

A tummy tuck is not a replacement for an exercise routine or eating right for weight loss. The results of a tummy tuck are permanent, but maintaining a proper weight is critical to maintain the results.

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Yes, More People Are Getting Plastic Surgery. Here’s Why

Doctors who perform cosmetic procedures point to a number of reasons why people preach “Don’t let anyone judge your appearance!” online yet still shell out money to change their own.

1. More screen time

Dr. Dennis Schimpf, FACS, author of “Finding Beauty: Think, See and Feel Beautiful” and founder of Sweetgrass Plastic Surgery in Charleston, South Carolina, thinks cell phones, selfies, and social media platforms have greatly driven the desire for plastic surgery.

“If you think back even 10 years ago, let alone 25, rarely would you see yourself in pictures,” said Schimpf. “Maybe a birthday or wedding, usually some type of special event. Now, with mobile devices and platforms, we’re literally seeing hundreds, if not thousands, of pictures of ourselves documenting things we don’t like about our appearance, as well as the aging process.”

In other words, we’re all under constant scrutiny — by ourselves.

2. More acceptance

When Alan Matarasso, MD, FACS, first built his private practice in New York City over 25 years ago, “I literally put in a back door because people didn’t want to walk in the front.” Matarasso is also president of ASPS and a clinical professor of surgery at Hofstra University.

“Now, with the rise of social media, people are in the recovery room, posting about what they went through and sending pictures to friends that show the bandage on their nose,” he said.

“People are much more comfortable owning their self-care rituals — including those that involve needles and knives,” agreed Devgan.

Since 2015, the total number of reviews on RealSelf has more than doubled. Community users often post before and after photos and share candid details about the treatment they chose to have.

“I also have patients come into my office and request to be on my Instagram feed, which is something we never would have seen 5 years ago,” Devgan said.

She credits millennials for owning self-improvement. They “feel that they don’t have to apologize for their decisions, whatever they may be, and this attitude is making Gen Xers and baby boomers feel that they don’t have to either,” Devgan said.

3. More affordability

At some point in the not-so-distant past, cosmetic plastic surgery was only for the uber-wealthy.

Today, Schimpf’s most common patient is usually “a working professional, often double-income family or a stay-at-home mom who now, after having children, would like to regain the physical appearance she once had,” he said.

In other words, not the stereotypical housewife in Beverly Hills who “had her face done.”

Cosmetic procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical, “have also become more affordable,” said Schimpf.

Plenty of financing options exist, from medical credit cards and personal loans to payment plans offered by doctor’s offices. Health insurance typically only covers cosmetic procedures due to a medical reason — such as breast reconstruction after a mastectomy.

4. More technological advances

Technical procedures used during cosmetic procedures continue to become safer and more reliable, said Matarasso. So are the instruments and products doctors now have at their disposal.

Nonsurgical treatments are an especially rapidly evolving arena. “Lasers didn’t exist 10 years ago,” noted Matarasso.

And Botox used to be the only line-smoothing neurotoxin on the market. Now, three others exist, and a fourth option, Jeuveau, was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is poised to roll out this spring.

5. More health benefits

So maybe getting your lips plumped won’t have benefits beyond increasing your self-esteem. But “in certain circumstances, some cosmetic treatments can benefit your health,” said Matarasso.

Botox, for instance, has been shown to help with conditions such as chronic migraines, excessive sweating, Bell’s palsy, and perhaps even major depression.

Women who choose a breast reduction often get relief from disc or back problems. And plastic surgery allows people who’ve gone through weight loss surgery to shed extra skin that can cause severe rashes and infections.

“While we may not be curing cancer,” Matarasso said, “the impact and psychological benefit can be profound.”

6. More self-confidence

According to a 2019 survey by RealSelf/Harris Poll, the top cited motivations among those who’ve had or are thinking about a cosmetic treatment are “to improve self-esteem/confidence” and “to look as good as I feel.”

That’s consistent across both surgical and nonsurgical procedures — and those reasons haven’t changed since RealSelf launched a decade ago.

“Despite all of the changes in the technical aspects of aesthetic surgery, human desires and motivations remain the same,” said Devgan. “We all want to present our best selves to the world — the ways we do that depend on who we are.”

Cosmetic Surgery, Plastic Surgery—What’s the Difference?

If you’ve always thought cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery were one in the same, you’re not alone. A significant number of plastic surgeons choose to focus their practice on cosmetic surgery, and as such, the terms are often used interchangeably. But this is not technically correct. Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are closely related specialties, but they are not the same.

Overview: Difference Between Cosmetic and Plastic surgery

  1. Goals
    • What is cosmetic surgery?
      • Types of Cosmetic Surgery Procedures
    • What is plastic surgery?
      • Types of Plastic Surgery Procedures
  2. Training
    • Plastic surgery training is completed through a post-graduate residency program
    • Cosmetic surgery training is completed primarily after residency training
    • Board certified cosmetic surgeons are residency trained + fellowship trained in cosmetic surgery

1. Cosmetic Surgery & Plastic Surgery Have Different Goals

While both cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery deal with improving a patient’s body, the overarching philosophies guiding the training, research, and goals for patient outcomes are different.

What is cosmetic surgery?

Cosmetic Surgery: Focused on Enhancing Appearance

The procedures, techniques, and principles of cosmetic surgery are entirely focused on enhancing a patient’s appearance. Improving aesthetic appeal, symmetry, and proportion are the key goals. An aesthetic surgery can be performed on all areas of the head, neck, and body. Since cosmetic procedures treat areas that function properly, cosmetic surgery is designated as elective. Cosmetic elective procedures are performed by doctors from a variety of medical fields, including plastic surgeons.

Types of Cosmetic Surgery Procedures:
  • Breast Enhancement: Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Breast Reduction
  • Facial Contouring: Rhinoplasty, Chin, or Cheek Enhancement
  • Facial Rejuvenation: Facelift, Eyelid Lift, Neck Lift, Brow Lift
  • Body Contouring: Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Gynecomastia Treatment
  • Skin Rejuvenation: Laser Resurfacing, Botox®, Filler Treatments

What is plastic surgery?

Plastic Surgery: Focused on Repairing Defects to Reconstruct a Normal Function & Appearance

Plastic surgery is defined as a surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and disease. Plastic surgery is intended to correct dysfunctional areas of the body and is, by definition, reconstructive in nature. While many plastic surgeons choose to complete additional training and perform cosmetic surgery as well, the basis of their surgical training remains reconstructive plastic surgery. In fact, in 1999, the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons changed its name to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to more strongly communicate the message that “plastic and reconstructive surgeons are one in the same.”¹

Types Plastic Surgery Procedures:
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Burn Repair Surgery
  • Congenital Defect Repair: Cleft Palate, Extremity Defect Repair
  • Lower Extremity Reconstruction
  • Hand Surgery
  • Scar Revision Surgery

2. Cosmetic Surgery Training is Obtained Separately from Plastic Surgery Training

As cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery each have distinct practice goals built around a specific procedure set, it only follows that the training and certification process for a board certified cosmetic surgeon will look very different from that of a board certified plastic surgeon.

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Plastic surgery training is completed through a post-graduate residency program

Physicians who become board certified in plastic surgery are required to complete one of two routes of training:

  1. An integrated residency training that combines three years of general surgery and three years of plastic surgery or;
  2. An independent, five-year residency program in general surgery followed by the three-year plastic surgery residency program.

Residency programs in plastic surgery may include cosmetic surgery as a portion of a surgeon’s training, but typically do not include training on every cosmetic procedure.

Therefore the title “board certified plastic surgeon” indicates a certain level training and experience with respect to plastic surgery, but it does not indicate the same thing with respect to cosmetic surgery, as the residency training required to become board certified in plastic surgery may not include training with respect to many common cosmetic procedures.² Nor does it tell you that the doctor has more or less cosmetic surgery training than a physician board certified in another specialty.

Cosmetic surgery training is completed primarily after residency training

There are currently no residency programs in the United States devoted exclusively to cosmetic surgery. Because of this, cosmetic surgeons primarily obtain training and experience after completing their residency training. This is done by completing a post-residency fellowship training program in cosmetic surgery.

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Board certified cosmetic surgeons are residency trained + fellowship trained in cosmetic surgery

The training, experience, and knowledge required to become a board certified cosmetic surgeon reflects specialization above and beyond what it takes to become board certified in a related discipline, such as plastic surgery. Each surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery has completed a 1 year, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery certified fellowship training exclusively in cosmetic surgery. During this fellowship, surgeons receive thorough training in all cosmetic surgery procedures of the face, breast, and body, plus non-surgical cosmetic treatments, performing a minimum of 300 individual cosmetic surgery procedures. This fellowship training is in addition to completing a 3-5 year residency program in a related discipline.

Because any licensed physician can legally perform cosmetic surgery, regardless of how they received cosmetic surgery training, it is extremely important to do your research when choosing a cosmetic surgeon. To find the most qualified doctor for a specific cosmetic procedure, you must compare doctors’ overall (residency and post-residency) training, experience, and proven competence with respect to that specific cosmetic procedure.

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²Morrison, M.Sc., Colin, A Survey of Cosmetic Surgery Training in Plastic Surgery Programs in the United States, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, pp.1570-1578, 2008.

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5 Plastic Surgery Trends Projected For Florida This Year

The push to appear refined coupled by selfie-obsessed culture is ramping up the demand for cosmetic procedures across the US.

The other influential factors, according to a study published by Medical News Today include religious beliefs, self-esteem, media consumption, and life satisfaction. Plastic surgeons are trained to carry cosmetic procedures through facial and body restoration, reconstruction and altercation.

Before any procedure is carried out, the surgeons will first analyze the patient’s objective and anatomy in order to achieve the most ideal natural look.

The report also lists the five most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in America as follows:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Liposuction
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Nose reshaping
  • Tummy Tuck

Plastic surgery is a lucrative business in Florida since it caters to people with different obsessions and age as well as the wealthy.

A new report by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel shows Floridians are mostly obsessed about fat-sucking surgeries. This is large because of a widely-held belief that you cannot hang around the beach or swimming pool with an odd-looking tummy and thighs.

The other popular procedures here include liposuction, eyelid surgery, tummy tuck, and breast augmentation. The report by the Sun-Sentinel also indicates interest in cosmetic surgeries is also higher in states like Nevada and California.

Biggest plastic surgery trends to watch in the coming years

The number of people undergoing cosmetic surgical procedures has been rising steadily in the last few years. A report published by the highly respected, American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the number of people who’ve undergone minimally invasive surgeries climbed 200% between 2000 and 2017. Stakeholders such as cosmetic dermatologists and surgeons have contributed a lot to the growth of the industry, thanks to cutting-edge technology and research initiatives.

According to the Allure magazine, here are the plastic surgery trends to watch:

1. The growing use of injectables

The new era of minimally invasive aesthetic procedures has witnessed the growing use of injectables and lasers, among other subtle procedures. The administration of injectables can easily help a patient achieve noticeable results when it comes to getting smoother skin and reducing facial wrinkles. These aesthetic procedures have become popular across America because they are characterized by low downtime, low cost and are naturally less invasiveness. People who have undergone the procedures also point to the inclusivity factor, low prevailing stigma and easy pre-qualification for fueling the rising interest.

2. Inclusive cosmetic treatments targeting men

Men are increasingly turning to cosmetic surgical procedures as the talk regarding cosmetic treatment becomes mainstream. Experts in the industry attribute the change to decline in social stigma and a growing attachment to hitherto abhorred, classical masculinity features. In the case of the latter, the trend mostly revolves around routine post-procedure affecting the chin, jawline, and neck. For instance, neck and jawline sagging can be addressed using FaceTie procedures, which involve the use of radiofrequency technology. Procedures like micro-needling may also be incorporated in the treatment to achieve the desired outcome.

3. Noninvasive body contouring

EnSculpt is one of the most popular noninvasive muscle and body shaping procedures in cosmetic treatment. Under the treatment, a hand-held tool with magnetic fields is used to trigger contractions of thousands of body muscles that work to break down fat and build muscles. The new body contouring treatment is painless and safe based on past tests and treatments.

4. The rise of niche treatments

The trend towards small, hyper-specific procedures to correct minor facial and body problems will continue to burgeon in the coming years. These include adding fillers to non-traditional locations and performing a subtle lip lift. Fillers can be injected to bridge the nose in readiness for noninvasive Rhinoplasty or added to the earlobe to tighten a stretched piercing. To subtly lift the lip, cosmetic surgeons can inject fillers around the little cupid bow area.

5. The age of preventative treatment

The conversation about plastic surgery and cosmetic enhancement is expected to spill over to preventative treatment. The new trend will see more people embrace marginal corrections in the face and body without ditching the natural facial and physical characteristics. The wave of preventative treatment will mostly be driven by young people looking for better and safer treatment alternatives to the sometimes risky, medically invasive procedures.

Looking for the best plastic surgeon Tampa!

When choosing a cosmetic surgery provider, it is important to consider the most defining factors such as the practitioner’s, training and experience and the practice history. Based on their education and experience, board-certified plastic surgeons are better placed to assist patients to achieve desired cosmetic treatment and guidance. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Farrior Facial Plastic Surgery is easily Tampa’s most trusted facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Farrior knows how to strike the balance between fine art and the machinations of facial harmony.

Dr. Farrior specifically understands the role played by the face in controlling emotions and self-esteem. The treatments offered by the best plastic surgeon Tampa are carefully crafted to help patients reveal their true selves.

His areas of specialty include cosmetic facelift, Rhinoplasty, lip augmentation, otoplasty (ear surgery), buccal fat removal, injectables, and skincare treatments. Drawing from his vast experience in plastic surgery, Dr. Farrior works with absolute desertion to ensure his patients that come to his clinic achieve personal goals and natural results.

The board-certified plastic surgeon is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), American Academy of Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery, among other professional medical associations. His artistic approach to cosmetic plastic surgery and treatment continues to transform the lives of thousands of patients in Florida and across America.

You can book your free personalized consultation at Farrior Facial Plastic Surgery in Tampa by submitting an online contact form with the desired treatment. Alternatively, call 813-291-4308 to speak directly to a representative.

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