What is Aesthetic Plastic Surgery?
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is a branch of medicine that mainly focuses on enhancing a person’s looks and decides what kind of surgery one needs or wants for that. When we talk about aesthetic plastic surgery, it is quite different from reconstructive surgery. Reconstructive surgery primarily works on an individual injury or medical condition, whereas Aesthetic Plastic surgery is performed to correct a person’s appearance, angle, or symmetry of their face or body parts.
Aesthetic Plastic surgery is often expensive, and it will cost a lot of money. While considering a procedure, people have thousands of questions in mind. Choosing a procedure is easy, but where to get it done, is indeed a hard decision. One can’t trust anyone as one gets fake promises, and the result may not be that promising. Therefore, a qualified and experienced well-known surgeon should be consulted.
Who needs Aesthetic Plastic Surgery?
People choose to have aesthetic plastic surgery as some want a change in their lives; some want the beauty they desire; and some want to do well in their careers.
Many reasons, but only one and an ultimate solution: In order to look good, people choose plastic surgery or aesthetic procedures because that makes them feel superior, confident and powerful. Anyone can be a candidate for Aesthetic Plastic surgery; some of them are mentioned below:
- People who are not happy with their facial features and want a change in their eyes, nose, lips, etc.
- People who want to look young and want to reduce the visible signs of aging.
- People who want to feel good internally as well as externally
- People with bodily defects can be corrected by a plastic surgeon.
- People with low mental health can gain self-confidence and a healthy state of mind with aesthetic surgery.
- Individuals having rapid weight loss are left with sagging skin and aesthetic plastic surgery helps a person to get rid of extra skin after the weight loss.
What are the Different Procedures Available?
The following are a variety of procedures to help individuals enhance their appearance and achieve their desired goals:
- Hair Transplant: In this procedure, the surgeon relocates hair from one part of one’s head to another. The most common method used for this is called grafting.
- Gynecomastia Surgery: Used for correcting enlarged male breasts.
- Liposuction: Used for removing extra fat from specific areas of the body.
- Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty): Used for removing extra skin and fat from the abdomen for a tight, flatter appearance.
- Breast Augmentation: Increasing breast size and enhancing their shape with implants.
- Breast Reduction: Reducing breast size for comfort and aesthetically pleasing looks.
- Breast Lift (Mastopexy): for correcting sagging breasts to give them good shape.
- Mommy Makeover: A combination of procedures to restore a woman’s body after pregnancy and childbirth.
- Body Contouring: Body contouring surgeries encompass various procedures like panniculectomy, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction, and excisional body lifts. These body lifts can target areas like the lower body, arms (brachioplasty), inner thighs, or buttocks augmentation.
- Facelift: Decreasing signs of aging by tightening facial skin and muscles.
- Rhinoplasty (Nose Job): Also known as nose job It is used for reshaping and enhancing the shape and appearance of the nose.
- Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery): Removing excess skin and fat from the eyelids to rejuvenate the eye area.
- Lip Augmentation: Enhancing lip size and shape with lip fillers.
- Brazilian Butt Lift: Enhancing the shape and size of the buttocks using fat transfer.
- Botox and Dermal Fillers: Non-surgical treatments for reducing wrinkles and adding volume to the face.
- Vaginoplasty: Vaginoplasty tightens the vagina surgically, while non-invasive methods use radiofrequency waves or lasers for vaginal tightening.
Who should not get Aesthetic surgery?
Plastic surgery offers corrective solutions, but not everyone is a suitable candidate. Assessing warning signs against surgery is crucial before considering cosmetic procedures. Ideal candidates should be healthy, emotionally stable, maintain a proper weight, and exercise regularly to ensure muscle tone post-surgery. Overall, their physical health should be optimal. Mental readiness is equally important due to potential emotional reactions to changes. So, these factors determine the contradictions of Aesthetic Surgery.
Besides that, certain health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart and lung disease, bleeding disorders, allergies, and arthritis can be contraindications. Alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine use can obstruct procedures and healing by reducing blood flow and resistance to infections.
Realistic expectations and consultation before surgery with a qualified surgeon are very important. Understanding the chosen procedure, discussing goals, and evaluating risks based on health and lifestyle help determine its suitability. Being the ideal candidate increases the chances of getting the desired and perfect outcomes.
Post-operative Precautions and Duration of the Recovery Period
For the initial 48–72 hours post-surgery, having a support person is crucial for medication, bathroom assistance, food preparation, and emergencies.
For any discomfort, take prescribed pain medications, as they aid in quicker healing when stress is low.
Some Instructions are given that are good for a fast recovery.
- Complete the course of prescribed antibiotics.
- If icing is advised, follow guidelines to reduce swelling by changing ice packs.
- Eat light within 24 hours post-operatively to avoid medication-induced nausea.
- Stay hydrated and monitor your temperature for infection signs.
- Swelling is normal and will decrease over time.
- Comply with dressing and compression instructions.
- Adhere to bathing and dressing change guidelines.
- For drains, empty them 3–4 times daily, record output, and keep them compressed.
- Drains are removed during the follow-up appointment.
- Initial week: rest often; take minimal stress like walking; no exercise until doctor’s approval.
- Under the influence of pain medication, avoid driving or operating heavy machinery.
- Hold off on housework until the doctor gives clearance.
- No smoking, including passive exposure, as it hinders healing.
Risks and Possible Complications after Aesthetic Surgery
All surgery involves risk, and plastic and reconstructive surgeries are often complex. Before getting aesthetic surgery, a patient should always consult the surgeon about the risk, recovery period, and cost, and resolve every possible query coming to one’s mind.
Plastic surgery can involve various complications. Most are mild and transient, but rarely in some cases, some serious or severe complications can arise that require timely medical intervention. Some of the complications are mentioned below:
- Hematoma: Painful bruising with blood accumulation, occurring in 1–6% of procedures, may necessitate further draining surgery.
- Infection: Common (2-4%) after surgeries, like breast augmentation; severe cases need IV antibiotics.
- Nerve damage: Tingling, numbness, or loss of nipple sensation post-breast augmentation.
- Clotting: Deep vein thrombosis can lead to pulmonary embolism, which, though uncommon, can be fatal.
- Organ damage: Liposuction’s perforations might affect vital organs, requiring extra surgery.
- Scarring: It is common; 2-5% may experience thickened, raised scars post-breast augmentation.
- Anesthesia issues: Complications range from confusion to severe outcomes like stroke or death.
- Blood loss: Normal during surgery, abnormal bleeding can lead to adverse consequences.
- Seroma: Blood pooling causing swelling, common in tummy tucks; potential for infection.
- Dissatisfaction: Overall rare, as most feel satisfied post-surgery despite initial concerns.
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