Cosmetic Surgery: It’s Not as Difficult as You Think
Once an option available only to the rich, cosmetic surgery is fast becoming a realistic aid to attaining a perfect figure. As more surgeons have entered this specialty and techniques have improved, more and more people have begun to choose this option every year. Whilst dieting and exercise can reduce overall weight and go a certain way towards sculpting muscle, often some areas are left untouched by even the strictest of regimes. In other cases, a successful diet resulting in a large weight loss can lead to the need for cosmetic surgery to complete the aesthetic effect by stretching skin and removing wrinkles.
Two of the most popular procedures are liposuction and abdominoplasty (often known as the tummy tuck), both of which can be combined with a calorie-controlled diet to achieve far better results than dieting alone, especially for those who tend to lose weight in certain areas and are left with areas of cellulose or a ‘bulge’ of fat which will not disappear! These procedures are sometimes carried out together, with liposuction improving the overall appearance of a tummy tuck, but each has its own advantages.
Liposuction is a fairly simple procedure in which a tube is inserted into fat deposits on the hips, thighs, abdomen or other problem areas, and fat is sucked out after being liquefied. It is ideal for those areas where permanent fat deposits, known as cellulose, have developed and have the advantage that fat will usually not return to a treated area. Side-effects are usually minor, with a certain amount of bruising and swelling which heals within a few days, and the day after the procedure the patient can get out of bed. Abdominoplasty is a procedure that tightens muscles in the abdominal wall and flattens the stomach. This operation is meant to remove flab left after several pregnancies or after significant weight loss and is a more invasive procedure than liposuction. Generally after this surgery soreness and swelling will last for several weeks, and it can take a month or more to return to work.
If you decide that you want cosmetic surgery, you should be aware of the facts. Cosmetic surgery is not for the obese, and cannot remove large amounts of excess weight. These procedures are meant for people whose overall health is good, and the tummy tuck, in particular, is considered major surgery. Women who are planning more children should not have this procedure, and if you smoke you must stop for several weeks before surgery.
One of the most important factors which can influence the outcome of cosmetic surgery is choosing the right cosmetic surgeon, and there are several ways to ensure that you find a good one. First of all, all good cosmetic surgeons are ‘board certified’. This means that they have passed the strict requirements of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Ask your surgeon to show you his certificate, and check that he is qualified in this area, not in a related area such as Plastic Surgery. Secondly, you can check that he is approved by the Medical Board in your state. Each state has a list of licensed physicians and keeps a record of complaints and malpractice suits.
Having cosmetic surgery can improve your self-confidence and make you feel and look years younger. However, it is important to realize that the emotional and psychological impact of the changes in your body can be considerable. It can take months to get used to your new body, even while you are delighted with the results, and for this reason, it is a good idea to wait until you feel that most areas of your life are under control before having a procedure. In addition, you should be realistic about what you expect from surgery, and not think that it can solve all the problems in your life!