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Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Overview

What is cosmetic plastic surgery?

Cosmetic plastic surgery is done to change your appearance. For some, it may mean redesigning the body's contour and shape, smoothing wrinkles, or eliminating balding areas. Others may choose varicose vein treatment or breast enlargement. There are a number of cosmetic surgery procedures that men and women can choose from to create an image that makes them feel more confident and comfortable with their appearance.

Health insurance rarely covers the cost of cosmetic procedures, but the number of people deciding to have cosmetic plastic surgery continues to grow. The top cosmetic surgeries are breast enlargement, liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, tummy tuck, and facelift.

What are the most common plastic surgery procedures?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the most common cosmetic procedures (invasive and minimally-invasive) are listed here by their common or descriptive names. The medical term for the procedure is in parentheses:

  • Breast augmentation or enlargement (augmentation mammoplasty)

  • Breast implant removals

  • Breast lift  (mastopexy) with or without the placement of an implant

  • Buttock lift

  • Chin, cheek, or jaw reshaping (facial implants or soft tissue augmentation)

  • Dermabrasion

  • Eyelid lift (blepharoplasty)

  • Facelift (rhytidectomy)

  • Forehead lift

  • Hair replacement or transplantation

  • Lip augmentation

  • Liposuction (lipoplasty)

  • Lower body lift

  • Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty)

  • Thigh lift

  • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)

  • Upper arm lift (brachioplasty)

  • Botox injections

  • Cellulite treatment

  • Chemical peel

  • Plumping, or collagen or fat injections (facial rejuvenation)

  • Laser skin resurfacing

  • Laser treatment of leg veins

  • Vaginal rejuvenation

Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN
Online Medical Reviewer: David Lickstein MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Ronald Karlin MD
Date Last Reviewed: 10/1/2020
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