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What Do Cosmetic Surgeons DoCosmetic surgeons can do a wide range of aesthetic procedures and operations to change the way a person looks. Here we give you the low down on the main types of operations undertaken in cosmetic surgery. However, please bear in mind that these are just a small selection of the cosmetic procedures available in the UK, and some cosmetic surgeons offer various types of operations within the fields mentioned below.
Breast augmentation surgery (breast implants)
Breast augmentation, or breast implants as it is more commonly known, is an operation to enlarge the breasts through the placing of implants under the breast tissue or behind the breast muscle. Women wanting to improve the size or shape of their breasts because they think that their breasts are too small, uneven in size or not firm enough can undergo a breast augmentation operation. Although it is mainly women who have this procedure, it is possible for men to have breast enlargements.
Breast reduction surgery
Women with large breasts can often experience physical problems, such as neck pain, back pain and collar bone deformities. Along with these problems there can also be emotional or psychological problems due to bullying or sarcasm from other people. To relieve physical and emotional problems many women are now opting for breast reduction surgery. A breast reduction operation involves the removal of fat and skin from the breasts and the repositioning of the nipples. Although it is mainly women who have this procedure, it is possible for men to have breast reductions.
Blepharoplasty (Cosmetic eyelid surgery)
Blepharoplasty surgery, or an eyelift as is it generally known, is usually undertaken at a specialist ophthalmic surgery rather than a standard cosmetic surgery clinic. This surgical eyelid procedure is aimed at correcting puffy bags below the eyes and droopy upper eyelids. The blepharoplasty can enhance a personís appearance, widen the field of peripheral vision, and, in some cases, even resolve eye strain in people who use their forehead muscles to help elevate their upper eyelids.
One of the most popular procedures, a facelift is designed to reverse the effects of aging, refresh the face, improve the contour of the neck, and remove the tired look of the face. Both men and women can have a facelift operation and the surgery involves making an incision high in the temple area, down in front of the ear, around the earlobe and up behind the ear before curving gently back into the hair at the neck. Using these incisions the skin and deep tissues are remodelled and the incisions are then closed.
Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping)
The rhinoplasty procedure has been very popular with celebrities for years. But the operation, which involves reshaping the nose to make it smaller or thinner, is now one of the most sought after cosmetic procedures amongst men and women. The procedure is carried out inside the nostrils to ensure there are no external scars, unless you decide to have the size or the nostrils reduced, in which case small scars around the sides of the nostrils will be visible.
Liposuction can be carried out on men and women and is designed to remove fatty deposits from various parts of the body, such as the thighs and buttocks. The operation can be performed under general or local anaesthesia depending on the site to be treated and the amount of fat to be removed.
Tummy tuck surgery / Abdominoplasty surgery
Commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, abdominoplasty surgery removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen or tummy. The majority of patients who have this operation are women who after giving birth no longer like their bodyís shape and appearance.
Laser technology now plays an important part in cosmetic surgery and can be used in the treatment of ageing and sun-damaged skin, the treatment of mild to moderate acne scarring, the removal of fine lines and wrinkles, and the removal of stretchmarks and birth