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For some people, beauty means liking what you see in the mirror and having makeovers to accomplish it.
Plastic surgery can improve your appearance. It can also improve confidence. But it cannot restore your self-esteem if you have insecurities related to your body. Most plastic surgeons screen for this type of emotional disorder and will not perform surgery if they suspect that you have such difficulties. Instead, they will refer such patients for mental health counseling.
Plastic surgery comes from the Greek word plastikós, which means "that which can be molded." Cosmetic surgery is performed by doctors who are specially trained and certified to perform cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.
Many body flaws can be corrected, from loose skin under the arms to a second toe that’s longer than the first (corrected by removing bone in a procedure called a "toe tuck"). The following surgeries are especially popular:
The sizes and shapes of breasts can be changed by removing breast tissue, inserting implants, or changing the position of the nipple and areola. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), breast enlargement is one of the most popular surgeries.
Removes fat from thighs, hips, stomach, chin, and other areas.
Flattens the stomach by removing fat and tightening muscles.
Makes the nose smaller or gives it more pleasing contours.
Repositions or recontours large or irregularly shaped ears.
Removes sagging skin.
Written by: the Healthline Editorial Team
Medically reviewed on: Jul 08, 2014: George Krucik, MD, MBA
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