There’s no denying that plastic surgery is becoming in–crease-ingly popular.
Tasteful, subtle surgery can improve a look, but the recent unveiling of Heidi Montag’s new body has had many people questioning the benefits. So what exactly do the most popular procedures entail? We take a closer look at what you should know before going under the knife¦
This is the ever-popular breast implant, which can give you larger breasts or make your own look fuller. But unnatural silicone is a thing of the past, with more surgeons opting to use natural-looking saline (salt water) implants.
This popular surgery will remove any excess fat or skin on your tummy, and can also restore weakened or separated muscles in your stomach, making you look slimmer. There are several types of tummy tucks, but all basically accomplish the same objective by removing skin and fat.
Face lifts remove signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging skin on your face and neck. It involves making incisions along your hairline and ears (to hide any scars), repositioning your facial muscles and tissues, and then tightening your skin.
Body contouring (liposuction)
This surgery is most popular in the thigh, hip and tummy area, but any part of your body can be fixed through body contouring. Liposuction involves inserting a cannula (a little tube) in through an incision and literally sucking out the fat cells.
This is a combination of several surgeries aimed at women who struggle to regain their figure after childbirth. It usually consists of a breast lift, body sculpting and a tummy tuck. One benefit of this is you only undergo general anesthesia once, rather than multiple times for multiple procedures.
When it comes to choosing your plastic surgeon, look for a certification from a board recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the American Board of Medical Specialties. Board certified means nothing if the board is an unrecognized, self-designated organization that requires nothing more than a fee to award certification. You should also think about expense, time off from work, potential risks, and what you really expect out of plastic surgery.
Re-doing your whole body head to toe a la Heidi Montag among others is an indication of self-esteem issues. There’s no such thing as perfect, but there is such a thing as a little improvement!