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Why is cosmetic surgery also referred to ask “plastic surgery”?
Plastic surgery comes from the Greek word “plastikos,” which means “to mold” or “to change.” Plastic surgery is a specialty in the restoration, reconstruction, or alteration of the human body. It includes cosmetic or aesthetic surgery, but also includes reconstructive surgery, craniofacial surgery, hand surgery, microsurgery, and burn treatment.
Does cosmetic surgery require any hospital stay?
The vast majority of cosmetic surgical procedures occur on an outpatient basis. With more extensive surgery, such as a tummy tuck, a previous health condition, or monitoring is needed, the doctor might require a short hospital stay.
How much does cosmetic surgery cost?
Depending on the procedure, cosmetic surgery can cost anywhere from several -hundred dollars for facial “filler” injections to $20,000 for extensive invasive surgery. In addition to the surgeon’s fee, the patient or insurance company will be responsible for a surgical facility fee, anesthesia, medical tests, prescriptions, surgical garments, and other miscellaneous costs related to surgery.
What is the most common cosmetic surgery?
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the top five cosmetic surgical procedures in 2016 were:
- Liposuction (414,335 procedures)
- Breast Augmentation (310,444 procedures)
- Tummy Tuck (181,540 procedures)
- Eyelid Surgery (173,883 procedures)
- Breast Lift (161,412 procedures)
Common nonsurgical cosmetic procedures include Botox injections, laser hair removal, and laser skin resurfacing.
Are there age limitations for undergoing cosmetic surgery?
While there is no definitive age minimum or maximum for a given procedure, most doctors won’t operate on minors for cosmetic reasons. Beyond the actual surgery, the risks of general anesthesia should be a major consideration for elderly patients. Good doctors will advise patients against a procedure they think is unnecessary, carries unwanted risk, or won’t produce the desired outcome.
What are the possible side effects of cosmetic surgery?
In addition to the surgical risks, side effects of cosmetic surgery include:
- Extended time to heal
- Expense of the surgery, time off work, or additional child care
- Negative emotional and psychological effects
- Bruising and discomfort
What are the possible risks of cosmetic surgery?
All surgeries, including the smallest cosmetic procedures, carry risk.
- Hematoma (blood pocket) or seroma (fluid pocket)
- Nerve damage
- Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism
- Visible scarring
- Organ damage
- Anesthesia complications
- Blood loss
- Surgical mistakes
- Pain or numbness that does not subside as expected
- Dissatisfaction with the outcome
Patients with a history of lung or heart disease, obesity, or diabetes have a higher risk of stroke, heart attack, blood clots and pneumonia. Smoking also negatively affects surgical risks and healing.
How long does it take to recover from cosmetic surgery?
The time it takes to resume a relatively normal routine after cosmetic surgery depends on the type of surgery, but generally ranges from one to four weeks. Recovery time for a facelift is two weeks, but the residual swelling, bruising, and changes in skin sensation might take up to a year to fully resolve.
How long do the effects of cosmetic surgery last?
Cosmetic surgical procedures have a wide-ranging longevity, depending on the type of surgery, the patient’s age, skin elasticity, and other factors. Some injectable facial fillers will last only a few months. A breast augmentation can be done once -- or every 10 years. A “skin only” facelift will last a few years, whereas a more complex facelift can last five 10 years. Because doctors can perform such a wide variety of cosmetic surgeries, on face, breasts, or body, each case can be different.
What is the difference between reconstructive and cosmetic surgery?
Reconstructive surgery improves abnormal body structures caused by trauma, infection, disease, burns, congenital, or developmental abnormalities. Cosmetic (aesthetic) surgery is elective and is focused entirely on enhancing form and appearance.