A summary of eight different types of plastic surgery for women, from tummy tucks to dermabrasion. I’ve also included interesting facts about cosmetic surgery from a doctor.
For instance, did you know that in large doses, Botox is a toxin that can cause botulism? That’s from Dr. Nieca Goldberg’s Complete Guide to Women’s Health – which describes several benefits and possible drawbacks of different types of plastic surgery for women.
I really was intrigued by the chapter on plastic surgery: Dr Goldberg doesn’t just explain the procedures, she offers the pros and cons of various cosmetic surgeries. She also describes a surgery she had done on her own body. She had a rhinoplasty (nose job) – and she tells how it was botched!
Plastic surgery isn’t for everyone. Here’s what Hollywood actress Kate Winslet says:
“Plastic surgery and breast implants are fine for people who want that, if it makes them feel better about who they are. But, it makes these people, actors especially, fantasy figures for a fantasy world.”
If you’re thinking about getting plastic surgery, read The Smart Woman’s Guide to Plastic Surgery. It’ll help you figure out if you’re getting surgery for the right reasons.
And here is some basic information – and some complications – of several different types of plastic surgery for women.
Types of Plastic Surgery for Women
Should you have plastic surgery? Here’s what Dr Goldberg says:
“It’s good to have options and as long as we make informed choices and have reasonable expectations about what plastic surgery can accomplish, I am in favor of it. But not everyone is a good candidate for plastic surgery for physical, emotional, or psychological reasons.”
One reason to avoid any type of plastic surgery is if you struggle with body image issues. Here’s an article about being addicted to cosmetic surgery, based on an interview with a plastic surgeon.
After liposuction, breast augmentations are the second most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure. Plastic surgeons enlarge breasts by surgically implanting an implant. Dr Goldberg warns of the risks to breast augmentation: leaky or ruptured implants, infection, pain, loss of feeling, scar tissue, and other medical problems such as problems with getting ultrasounds or mammograms.
“Collagen treatments use fat (either from a cow or from you) or synthetic fillers to plump up facial wrinkles,” writes Dr Goldberg. “Collagen injections are supposed to replenish the skin’s lost collagen and give you a younger-looking face.” Risks are allergic reactions and swelling.
A wheel or rough brush removes the upper layers of skin, revealing “new” skin with a smooth appearance and less noticeable wrinkles. Infection, scarring, and skin discoloration are possible complications of this type of plastic surgery.
This cosmetic procedure lifts droopy eyelids and removes excess bags from under the eyes. Complications from eyelid surgery can include infection, blurry vision, dry eyes, and eyelid skin discoloration – but these complications are rare.
“A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen,” writes Dr Goldberg. “Many women who have tummy tucks have had multiple pregnancies and hope to tighten their loose muscles and flabby skin.” If you’re planning to get pregnant, Dr Goldberg doesn’t recommend tummy tucks. Complications of this type of plastic surgery include fatigue, numbness, and pain.
This cosmetic procedure reshapes the nose; complications can include weakened sense of smell, trouble breathing, or nosebleeds. A nose job may be covered by insurance if you have breathing problems that can be resolved by the procedure.
“Lip augmentation plumps up the lips, making them larger, by injecting them with collagen,” writes Dr Goldberg. “These substances get absorbed by the body over time, and so eventually the procedure has to be repeated.” Complications of this type of plastic surgery include allergic reactions, scarring, or possible nerve damage.
In this type of plastic surgery, a vacuum device removes fat from the stomach, buttocks, highs things, and upper arms. “If you have lots of cellulite, liposuction can make it appear worse,” says Dr Goldberg. “Older women, who have skin that is not as elastic as it was, may not reap the advantages of the procedure.” Complications include baggy skin, fluid retention, infection, and pain.
Not interested in plastic surgery after all? Read A Facelift Without Surgery? Yes, You Can Have Ageless Skin!
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