Common Plastic Surgery Options

Every year, more and more people receive plastic surgery to address imperfections in their appearance. For many patients, it’s an effective way to achieve long-lasting results. Here are a few of the more popular surgical options available:

Abdominoplasty

One very common plastic surgery is an abdominoplasty, widely known by its more common name, the tummy tuck. This treatment is intended to reduce or eliminate overhanging abdominal skin, and is most commonly elected by women who have had several pregnancies. It may be combined with liposuction, depending on the amount of fatty tissue in the abdominal area. This plastic surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes between two to three hours, although there are also partial abdominoplasties, which can take one to two hours. The recovery period is usually several weeks.

Brachioplasty

Part of the aging process includes the loss of elasticity in the skin, which results in sagginess in the upper arms. For some people, this condition might be bad enough to cause them to limit their wardrobe to long-sleeved garments, and severely curtail their outdoor summertime activities. Commonly known as an arm lift, this procedure can help people suffering from this condition. In the procedure, excess skin is removed and tightened, resulting in firm, toned upper arms. If there is excess fatty tissue, liposuction may be performed first. Arm lifts are performed under general anesthetic, and recovery time is usually a few days.

Thigh Lift

People who have achieved significant weight loss are sometimes disappointed to find that, they still don’t have the body aesthetic that they want. That is because excess and redundant skin can last long after the fat is gone. The inner and outer thighs are especially prone to this problem. A thigh lift can resolve this situation for many patients. It involves removing redundant skin in a concentric pattern that leaves the thigh area looking taught and firm. Full recovery can take several weeks, but the incisions are made in natural body folds to diminish the appearance of scars in the long-term.