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What Are the Risks to Plastic Surgery?
Wrinkles. Sagging skin and breasts. Turkey neck. Stomach flab. Saddlebags. Many people grow weary of the signs of aging as the years roll by. While diet, exercise, and cosmetic products can ward off some signs of aging, others only can be helped with surgical intervention.
That’s where plastic surgery can save the day. Many plastic surgery procedures can turn the clock back and make you look younger and more energetic. That’s why more than 1.8 million cosmetic procedures and 5.9 million reconstructive ones were done in 2019.
If you’ve been considering plastic surgery to rejuvenate your appearance, this guide will tell you about the procedures available and much more.
Types of Plastic Surgery Procedures
Interested in plastic surgery to turn back the hands of time and love how you look in the mirror? There are many options to consider. Below are the most common procedures. Your plastic surgeon will review the best choices with you based on your situation and goals.
Breast augmentation enhances the size or shape of your breasts. When the breasts are increased in size, this also is known as breast implant surgery, which can use saline or silicone implants.
Related to San Antonio breast augmentation are San Antonio breast lifts and San Antonio breast reduction. A breast lift involves trimming away excess skin and lifting sagging breasts back to their natural position. A breast reduction makes the breasts smaller and usually raises them, so they are higher and firmer. See also San Antonio mommy makeover.
Dermabrasion carefully sands down your top layer of skin. After the top layer of skin is taken away, it heals, and new skin replaces it. The final result is skin that looks younger and smoother. Dermabrasion can be used for:
- Acne scars
- Age spots
- Lesions on the skin
- Sun-damaged skin
- Crow’s feet
The San Antonio facelift procedure improves loose, drooping, sagging, and wrinkled skin on your face. Your facial tissues are lifted during a facelift, extra skin is snipped away, and skin is replaced over new contours. A San Antonio neck lift also can be done at the same time to get rid of that dreaded ‘turkey neck.’
Other plastic surgery procedures can be done simultaneously, such as forehead lift, eyelid surgery, and nose reshape.
Rhinoplasty is a fancy word for a nose job. (See San Antonio rhinoplasty procedure). Some people want a nose job to look and feel better about themselves, while others could have a congenital disability or breathing problem that needs correcting.
Rhinoplasty can do the following:
- Reduce the size of your nose
- Correct nose problems after an accident
- Correct congenital disabilities
- Improve breathing issues
- Narrow the shape of your nostrils
- Change the shape of the nose bridge
- Change the nose’s angle
Hair transplantation is used to improve a bald area on the scalp. The surgeon moves hair from an area of normal growth to the bald area. In one session, about 1,000 hairs can be moved. Some patients need more than one session, however. The hairs that are transplanted are permanent, so there is no follow-up care needed.
Lip augmentation can give you fuller lips. In most cases, injectable dermal fillers are used to boost volume, structure, or shape. Note that this procedure is temporary. The effects last approximately six months, and another procedure will be needed to maintain the results.
An San Antonio abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is used to improve the shape of your abdomen. This procedure is often done on women after they have had children to tighten loose skin and muscles. A tummy tuck cuts away excess fat and skin and sews muscles back together that were separated during pregnancy.
A tummy tuck can improve sagging or loose skin but will not eliminate stretch marks.
This cosmetic procedure improves your shape by sucking out unwanted fat deposits. This San Antonio liposuction procedure is intended for normal-weight people who have difficulty losing fat in difficult areas, such as the hips, buttocks, and abdomen.
Stubborn fat deposits are sucked out with a cannula. Ultrasound and lasers also can be used to break down fat deposits to ease their removal.
Liposuction can be done on the stomach, love handles, thighs, arms, back, and buttocks.
What You Can Expect
So you’re interested in improving your look and think plastic surgery could be for you. There are many options available, so it’s essential to review your case with your plastic surgeon. Here’s how it goes:
- Consultation: The consultation with your plastic surgeon gives you a chance to tell her what you want to accomplish with plastic surgery. She’ll review your case and problem areas and give you a plan of action, which could involve one or multiple procedures. She also will review the risks of each procedure with you.
- Procedure: The plastic surgery procedure depends on which options you choose. Above we provided more information about the most popular choices. It’s possible in some cases to have all of the procedures done in one day.
- Aftermath: Depending on the procedures, you will have some pain and swelling for a few days or weeks. Your doctor will give you pain medication, but most people use over-the-counter pain medications after the first week or two.
- Recovery: Most people recover from plastic surgery within a few weeks or months. But it can take several months to see the final results.
Request a Plastic Surgery Consultation
If you’re dreaming of transforming your face and body with plastic surgery, Dr. Scott J Farber or Dr. Amita Shah of Hill Country Plastic Surgery can help. They will consult with you for your San Antonio plastic surgery procedure today. They’ll go over the options, your goals, and more to determine if you’re an ideal candidate.
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