What are cosmetic surgery and procedures?
surgery and procedures change, restore, or enhance your appearance. There are
many reasons for wanting to change or enhance your looks. If you have had burns
or other injuries, were born with a birth defect, or want to change parts of
your body for other reasons, you may choose to have a cosmetic surgery or
What are the general types of cosmetic surgery and procedures?
Cosmetic surgery commonly
- Reconstructive surgery. This is typically done to improve a visible scar, skin
condition, or malformed body part caused by an injury, a surgery, a disease, or
a birth defect. These problems can affect your day-to-day life, including your
job, your relationships, and your self-esteem.
- Elective cosmetic surgery. Being unhappy with something about
your appearance—such as a large nose, small breasts, wrinkles, or fat around
your belly or hips—is a common reason for choosing to have cosmetic surgery.
These kinds of flaws don't bother everyone who has them. Many people don't
think of them as flaws at all. But for other people, these things can affect
self-image and confidence. Cosmetic surgery is one way to address them.
Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures
- Filler injections, which include soft tissue fillers.
- Botox injections.
- Laser hair removal.
- Laser resurfacing to improve acne
- Teeth whitening.
injections for small
varicose veins and
This topic focuses on elective cosmetic surgery and
procedures rather than reconstructive surgery.
Why are these surgeries and procedures done?
most of us, our physical appearance affects how we see ourselves and how others
see us. The size, shape, and look of our bodies may affect how we feel about
ourselves and even how we live our lives.
There is nothing wrong
with wanting to change the way you look. Some people do this through diet,
exercise, and other lifestyle changes. Others have cosmetic surgery, especially
if they are unhappy with a certain part of their body or appearance that can be
What are the risks?
Think carefully about the
decision to have cosmetic surgery. Surgery always involves some risk. The risks
depend on your health and the type of procedure you have. They can range from
slight scarring to infection and even death. Serious problems are rare, but
they can occur.
Also, there is no guarantee that you will get the
results you want. Results are lasting unless you have surgery again. Talk with
your doctor about the possible risks and benefits of the surgery.
Who pays for this surgery?
Insurance rarely covers
the cost of elective cosmetic surgery and procedures. Unless the surgery is
done for medical reasons, you will probably have to pay for it yourself.
These surgeries and procedures can cost a lot. Be sure that you
know the total cost of the surgery, including the costs of the procedure
itself, any medicines you'll need before or after the procedure, follow-up
treatments, office visits, and other expenses.
Are cosmetic surgery and procedures right for you?
Surgery should not take the place of good health habits. There are steps
you can take to help you look and feel young and healthy.
- Eat healthy foods.
- Get plenty of
- Limit how much time you spend in the
- Manage stress.
- Don't smoke.
drugs and excess alcohol.
Be sure to have realistic expectations about how cosmetic
surgery may or may not affect your life. For people who are unhappy with their
overall appearance rather than just a certain part of their appearance,
cosmetic surgery is probably not the answer. These people are unlikely to be
happy with the results of just one cosmetic surgery procedure. They may end up
having one procedure after another, which can be harmful and expensive.
Before you choose to have cosmetic surgery, think about your overall
health. Remember that all procedures have risks. And having a health condition
high blood pressure or heart disease may increase the
Talk to your doctor if you are thinking of having a cosmetic
procedure or surgery.