What is the difference between cosmetic/aesthetic plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery?
That sub-branch of plastic surgery, which deals with the correction of defects on various parts of the body, and are either visible to the naked eye or otherwise is called reconstruction surgery.
The other sub-branch of plastic surgery which is concerned with the upliftng and aesthetic betterment of one or more parts like the nose, lips, breasts etc is known as cosmetic/aesthetic plastic surgery.
What parts of the body can cosmetic/plastic surgery be performed on?
A plastic surgery can be performed on the head and face area, breast, chest, skin, abdomen and trunk area , arms and hands, butt and groin as well as the thighs and legs.
What are the most common cosmetic/plastic surgery procedures for men and women?
The most common kinds of plastic/cosmetic surgery done are:
Liposuction: Liposuction, lipoplasty is a trimming down measure. It is carried out by removing fat that does not conform to the body image by inserting needles and vacuuming out the excess fat.
Rhinoplasty: A popular kind of surgery among men and women alike, rhinoplasty involves the reshaping of the nose to increase or decrease its size, change the span of the nostrils and so on.
Eyelid surgery: More popular among women, eyelid surgery is done to remove pockets of fat under the eyelids and do away with baggy eyes. It is also called blepharoplasty.
Breast implants: Also called mastopexy, it is used to raise the breasts by doing away with excess skin and giving them a good shape and keep them firm. A relatively costly procedure, it is used to do away with sagging breasts as one grows old.
Hair transplantation: A very popular procedure among those struck with baldness, it is used to transfer hair-bearing grafts to those portions of the exposed scalp over a course of 15-18 months.
Ear Surgery: A lot of kids are born with large ears that stick from the head and make them look different. To correct this, otoplasty or ear surgery is done to bring the ear closer to head. Otoplasty is performed more among girl children as per statistics.
Lip Augmentation: Very often, we see people in the limelight appearing with a different look. It could be attributed to their augmented luscious lips that are formed by removing a hollow portion of the lip and inserting an implant.
Breast Reduction: Some men may develop large breasts like women. This is usually due to excess fat or glandular tissue. In this surgery, called gynecomastia, the excess fat is done away with.
Botox™ -Botox injections are taken to smoothen out crease lines and wrinkles across the face. But it paralyzes the muscles in the forehead which will ultimately reduce the movement of these muscles.
The cost of cosmetic/ plastic surgery can vary to a great extent. It may as cost effective as 45,000 rupees or can be as much as 5, 00,000 rupees or even more.