What is cosmetic surgery?
Cosmetic surgery is any surgical procedure performed for the sole purpose of cosmetically improving the appearance of an area of the face or body. Those seeking cosmetic enhancements can elect to have surgery on their face, breasts, body and skin. Some of the benefits of cosmetic surgery include to improve the appearance of aging or sagging skin in the face, breasts, arms and other areas of the body, to reverse the signs of aging on the skin and face, and to improve the contours of the body by means of Liposculpture techniques, tummy tucks, an d fat grafting procedures such as the Brazilian butt lift among others.
Is there a difference between cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery?
The answer is an emphatic yes! While to most people the terms are synonymous they are differ in their philosophy whereas plastic surgery refers to reconstructive surgical procedure performed to restore normal function following trauma or disfigurement.
Cosmetic surgery or elective cosmetic surgery refers to those procedures an individual chooses to undergo to enhance the physical appearance of a specific area of their body. Procedures include breast enhancement procedures, facial recontouring and rejuvenation, body recontouring, and skin resurfacing and rejuvenation.
The use of injectables such as Botox and Juvederm to reverse the signs of aging, improve the appearance of wrinkles, or to contour the face also fall under the umbrella of elective cosmetic procedures.
Types of Cosmetic Surgery
At Jolie Plastic Surgery, our skilled surgeons offer a wide array of cosmetic surgeries to address all areas of concerns. While the benefits of cosmetic surgery range from patient to patient, our center for cosmetic surgery guarantees the best care, great results, and competitive pricing with comfortable financing options available to meet each patient’s individual needs.
Facial Cosmetic Surgery
Our facial cosmetic surgeons consistently deliver beautiful natural results. Most patients seeing facial cosmetic surgery wish to reverse the signs of aging, and restore a youthful appearance to the face. By working to “turn back the hands of time”, facial cosmetic surgeries can serve to remove sagging skin, smooth deep folds and wrinkles, and lift and tighten the tissues of the face, resulting in a refreshed, rested look to a previously sagging, dull, or creased face.
Patients wishing to restore youthfulness to their face may consider a facelift, or rhytidectomy, a surgery which serves to improve the visible ravages of time on the face. Cosmetic facelift surgery specifically addresses loss of fat, deep creases along the nose and lower eyelids, and drooping skin around the cheeks and jaws which may give the appearance of a double chin. Facelift surgery is often combined with other procedures such as fat transfers, eyelift, brow lift, and neck lifts among others to dramatically improve the appearance of the face.
Once primarily a woman’s domain, more and more men choose to undergo full or partial facelift surgery. Patients in good health who have set realistic expectations of the possible outcomes of their facelifts are the ideal candidates for this kind of cosmetic procedure.
Patients can expect to emerge for their recoveries with a youthful “glowing” appearance, less wrinkles, and a more defined jawline.
Upper/Lower Eyelid Surgeries
The eyes, often referred to as “the window to the soul”, can also betray a much older appearance; making Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery a wildly popular cosmetic procedure. Excess skin or fat is removed from the upper or lower eyelids in order to improve the look of wrinkles and under eye bags, which can occur as a result of the aging process. Incisions for upper eyelid cosmetic surgery are made at the natural crease of the eyelid, allowing for the re-depositing of fat stores, tightening of muscles, and removal of excess or drooping skin.
The incision for a lower lid surgery is made right at the lower lash line, and the cosmetic surgeon uses a similar technique to improve the appearance of the area. Scars are typically well hidden or disappear altogether; once the area is fully healed, skin will appear smooth, the eyelids better defined, resulting in a refreshed, alert appearance.
Cosmetic Brow Lift Surgery
A Forehead lift or eyebrow lift works to dramatically improve the appearance of the upper portion of the face. Brow lift surgery patients may wish to correct a sagging brow, deep set wrinkles, resulting in a more youthful appearance in the patient, in part due to the lifting of the area. Brow lifts have the added benefit of enhancing the areas around it, often softening the expression of what was once perceived as an “angry looking” face.
Cosmetic Rhinoplasty Surgery
Rhinoplasty describes a cosmetic procedure which enhances the shape, size, and position of a person’s nose, typically to make it proportional to the patient’s face. A highly complex procedure, rhinoplasty techniques can vary depending on what area of the nose is being sculpted. Rhinoplasties performed at the hands of a skilled surgeon can result in barely detectable results which have a powerful impact on the overall appearance of the face. Patients seeking rhinoplasties typically complain of having overly curbed or bumpy noses, bulbous nasal tips, or wide-set nostrils.
Submental Liposuction (double chin correction)
Another cosmetic surgery which delivers subtle yet impactful results is Submental liposuction, or chin lipo. Chin lipo serves to remove excess fat from the chin and neck, resulting in a more defined jawline. Fat pockets in the chin area are not easily reduced by exercise or improved diet, and some people require liposuction to remove the excess fat from the area. A simple outpatient procedure, patients can drive themselves home and are able return to work within 24 hours.
Neck lift surgery is ideal for those patients wishing to remove excess skin and wrinkles from the area due to dramatic weight loss or as a result of aging. This neck rejuvenation appearance is typically performed alongside another facial cosmetic procedure, but can be performed as a standalone cosmetic surgery, depending on the patient’s desires.
Breast Enhancement Cosmetic Procedures
Cosmetic procedures to enhance the appearance of breasts have remained consistently the most sought after procedure in the United States. Patients can opt for surgery in order to correct natural asymmetry, add or remove volume to the breasts, lift the breasts, or undergo breast augmentation surgery using implants.
Breast augmentation surgery, or BAM, can be performed without the use of implants. While breast implants remain at the top of requested procedures, (you can read all about breast implant surgery HERE); patients can also opt to have fat harvested from other areas transferred to the breasts when they desire to correct a slight asymmetry, gain volume in the upper poles of the breasts resulting in a scarless “lift” and enhanced cleavage, or adding volume to the lower poles resulting in plumper looking breasts.
Breast Reduction Surgery
Women seeking breast reduction surgery typically suffer from physical pain and discomfort caused by large breasts. In some cases, excess volume of the breasts can be removed with liposuction, resulting in minimal scarring and downtime. Other who may need more extensive surgery in which the nipple is repositioned higher on the breast and excess tissue is cut away resulting in a linear scar underneath the breast.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery
When one thinks of breast enhancement cosmetic surgeries, we often forget about male Gynecomastia; the enlargement or swelling of male breast tissue due to an imbalance of testosterone and estrogen. Easily corrected by way of liposuction, male breast reduction is achieved by removal of excess tissue and fat resulting in flatter, firmer and an overall masculine contour of the chest.
Breast Lift Surgery
Statistically, cosmetic breast lift surgeries in the United States have increased by 70% in the United States since the year 2000. Often used to improve the position and appearance of the breasts following life events such as breastfeeding, fluctuations in weight, or aging, breast lift surgery can restore the youthful appearance to sagging breasts. Patients often request implants to enhance the volume and shape of breasts in combination with a lift for a complete makeover of the area.
Lipo can be used to enhance the contours of the body by removing fatty deposits from trouble areas such as the abdomen, arms, upper and lower back, hips, thighs, face and in some cases even the ankles. Liposuction can be performed on its own or in combination with a number of other cosmetic surgery procedures. Liposuction is nor a weight loss solution, a treatment for obesity, or be used to “remove” cellulite.
Removal of excess skin and fat of the abdomen by way of an abdominoplasty is often called a tummy tuck. Tummy tuck surgery greatly improves the contours of a patient’s midsection and serves to correct muscle weakness after surgery or drastic weight loss which cannot be corrected with exercise. The separation of the abdominal muscles or diastasis recti is prevalent in women who had heavy pregnancies, or in men and women who were significantly overweight and carried a large portion of weight in the abdominal cavity.
Restored strength the abdominal muscles and the removal of excess skin can significantly reduce the size of the midsection and define the waist resulting in a more harmonious overall shape to the body.
Candidates for Cosmetic Surgery
There are inherent risks to undergoing cosmetic surgeries. Ideally, candidates opting for elective cosmetic surgery are in good health, do not smoke or use drugs, and have realistic expectations from their chosen procedures. Being healthy in the months leading up to surgery will also improve healing times and enhance results. Patients who eat a well-balanced diet, are active, and maintain and overall healthy lifestyle before and after surgery are the ideal candidates for cosmetic surgery.
Risks of Cosmetic Surgery
Being honest and open with your doctors is the best way to ensure the best possible care. At Jolie, our focus is your well-being, speedy recovery, and satisfaction with your results. Not all patients will qualify for surgery, but may be asked to come back after dropping a few pounds, giving up smoking, or making other minor yet significant changes to their life style. We are here to keep you safe and to deliver beautiful results.
Benefits of Cosmetic Surgery
Undergoing a cosmetic procedure may go a long way to improving self-confidence. Changing something about your appearance that perhaps always bothered you may help you to feel better about the way you look freeing you from thoughts of self-doubt. If you’re not feeling like yourself after having children perhaps a mommy make over can help restore the appearance of your breasts and abdomen to their pre-baby state (sometimes better than their pre-baby days!). Whatever the reason, whether to fight the signs of aging, restore skin after weight loss, or improve on a slight imperfection, the skilled surgeons at Jolie are here to help you achieve your cosmetic surgery goals. To see for yourself, check out our cosmetic surgery before and after photos!