Popular cosmetic surgical procedures

For women, liposuction, nose reshaping, and breast augmentation have been 3 of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures performed worldwide, beating each other out for the top spot every now and then. For men, the most popular procedures include liposuction, nose reshaping, and eyelid surgery. The popular non-surgical procedures (among men and women combined) are Botox® injectible fillers, and laser hair removal.


20 to 30 years ago, the process of removing fatty deposits in certain areas of the body, where exercise and diet were insufficient, required major surgery. These surgeries also came with a fair amount of risk of complications. However, with the invention of liposuction techniques in the 1980s, removing difficult fatty deposits became easier and safer.

Liposuction (lipoplasty) is generally performed on the abdomen, stomach, arms, hips, legs, or under the chin. But with different techniques and advancements in the technology, parts of the body such as the knees and ankles that used to be considered difficult to treat with liposuction are now accessible. Liposuction is not meant to be a solution for losing weight. It is meant to contour certain target areas of the body.

In general, this procedure involves flushing the targeted area with a solution containing lidocaine (an anesthetic), saline, and epinephrine (to reduce bleeding), followed by the insertion of a hollow, tubular device that works like a vacuum to suction out the fatty deposits from the body. If you are considering this procedure, it is important that you find out what techniques your cosmetic surgeon will use. You should be aware of the risks and complications involved, such as infection, scarring, skin changes, and reactions to anesthesia. It would also help to know how and where the procedure will be performed. Ask about recovery time as well.

Nose reshaping

We've all seen before-and-after photos of people who have gotten a nose job, and in some cases, the change in nose shape can make a significant difference to the way a person looks and consequently feels.

Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) is a procedure that is requested often for cosmetic purposes. Rhinoplasty is also used for reconstructive purposes to fix birth defects or trauma to the nose.

During the consultation session, the cosmetic surgeon will sit down with you and discuss what you hope to achieve with the surgery. They'll also discuss what is possible for you and whether or not your expectations are realistic. The surgical procedure itself takes about 1 to 2 hours. The surgeon will separate the layer of skin from the nose before shaping and contouring the bone and cartilage to what is desired. The skin will then be pulled and stitched back onto the newly sculpted nose.

There are varying techniques for this procedure, which depends on your surgeon's preference and specialty as well as the look you're trying to achieve. If you are a teenager, your doctor might suggest that you wait a few years before getting this surgery to ensure that you have stopped growing and that you are certain the surgery is what you want.

Common side effects include swelling and bruising of the face, which will subside during the healing process. Healing takes time, and the final result of this procedure may take a year or longer. Be sure to talk to your surgeon about the risks involved (such as numbness, nose bleeds, swelling, or nerve damage) with this or any surgical procedure.

Breast augmentation

Over the past few decades, this procedure has been the subject of many controversies and much fascination.

For breast augmentation, the procedure involves inserting an implant into the desired position, which depends on the look you are going for as well as what your surgeon recommends. Implants are considered medical devices, so they must be approved by Health Canada.

There are several different types of breast implants, such as saline or silicone gel. It's important that you know which type of implant would be used for you, especially if you are traveling abroad for this procedure. Countries other than Canada may not have the same safety standards for breast implants. As with any surgical procedure, breast augmentation is associated with risks (e.g., bleeding) and complications (e.g., infection). Talk to your surgeon about these risks before you decide on implants. Keep in mind that breast implants will not last forever - they will likely need to be replaced at some time. You will also need to have your implants checked regularly by your doctor.

If you are considering breast augmentation, consult a cosmetic surgeon to see if this procedure is right for you.

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