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Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery is defined as a subspecialty of surgery that uniquely restricts itself to the enhancement of appearance through surgical and medical techniques. It is specifically concerned with maintaining normal appearance, restoring it, or enhancing it beyond the average level toward some aesthetic ideal. In 2006, nearly 11 million cosmetic surgeries were performed in the United States alone.

It is important to distinguish the terms "plastic surgery" and "cosmetic surgery": Plastic Surgery is a recognized surgical specialty and is defined as the subspecialty dedicated to the surgical repair of defects of form or function – this includes cosmetic (or aesthetic) surgery, as well as reconstructive surgery. The term "cosmetic surgery" however, refers to surgery that is designed to improve cosmetics alone. Many other surgical specialists are also required to learn certain cosmetic procedures during their training programs. Contributing disciplines include dermatology, general surgery, plastic surgery, otolaryngology, maxillofacial surgery, and oculoplastic surgery.

The most prevalent aesthetic/cosmetic procedures are listed below. Most of these types of surgery are more commonly known by their "common names." These are also listed when pertinent.

Popular Procedures

  • Arm Lift
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Implants
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Reduction
  • Liposuction
  • Thigh Lift
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Facial Cosmetic Surgery
  • Eyelid Lift
  • Face Lift
  • Brow Lift
  • Nose Surgery

Non-Invasive Treatments

  • Botox
  • Restylane
  • Fat Injections
  • Laser Resurfacing
  • Thermage
  • Chemical Peels
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