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.
- Be sure the surgery will be performed at a surgical facility—an outpatient office with a surgical suite or a hospital.
- Be sure the physician is approved to practice at a nearby hospital facility.
- Choose a physician who specializes in the procedure you are having.
- Look for a surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or another recognized professional organization.
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:
Breast reduction, enlargement, or lift
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.
Abdominoplasty ( “tummy tuck”)
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
Published on Jul 08, 2014
Medically reviewed on Jul 08, 2014 by George Krucik, MD, MBA