Any lady should do something nice for herself at least once in a while, and the best way to show some tender, love and care to yourself is to start respecting and cherishing your body as a source of pleasure, comfort and satisfaction. You get one body per life, after all, so if you don’t love it already, you’d better start now, even if you don’t really like all its curves and edges. Here, we bring you a short overview of some neat cosmetic surgery procedures and their implications to help you turn your body into an image you’d like to see in the mirror and nudge you subtly to the right direction until you get onto the self-loving track in full speed.
Cosmetic surgery: What it is and what it treats
In general, cosmetic surgery procedures are partial or comprehensive techniques aimed at changing, restoring or enhancing the figure and appearance. As a rule, cosmetic surgery is a go-to solution for individuals with birth defects, anatomic problems hindering free movement or bodily imperfections that cause deep dissatisfaction and low self-esteem. Based on the problem addressed through the surgery, cosmetic procedures fall into two different categories, reconstructive and elective. While reconstructive surgery is performed on individuals who have prominent scars, extensive skin conditions or malformed anatomic parts caused by surgery, disease, birth defect or accident, elective surgery is carried out mainly for reasons pertaining to a person’s image of their body that are usually not in direct correlation with a movement-limiting condition but are rather related to the sense of social awkwardness, dissatisfaction with one’s body and poor self-esteem due to anatomic imperfections such as belly fat, hip circumference, small breasts, large nose and similar issues.
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The where and wherefore: Main types of cosmetic surgery
Based on the area of the body addressed during the procedure, cosmetic surgery is divided into three broad types. Facial cosmetic surgery addresses problems related to ageing, scars and similar issues that affect the appearance of a person’s physiognomy and it includes rhinoplasty (nose jobs), blepharoplasty (eyelid reduction), pinnaplasty and otoplasty (surgery procedures to change the shape of the ear), facelifts, skin resurfacing, hair transplants and mentoplasty (cheek/chin reshaping) procedures. Breast surgery is another highly popular type of cosmetic procedures aimed at altering breast size and shape and it is used to enhance the firmness of breasts or enlarge/reduce their size and weight by surgical techniques involving artificial implants or fat transfer. The third type of cosmetic procedures includes various invasive techniques commonly performed to enhance parts of body like abdomen reduction (abdominoplasty or tummy tuck), surgical removal of prominent scars and keloids, liposuction and aesthetic genital surgery to reduce the labia (labiaplasty) or tighten the vaginal tissue (vaginaplasty).
A word of caution: Risks and side-effects of cosmetic surgery
At the first appointment, your cosmetic surgeon will carry out a preliminary physical examination, look at your medical history and have an in-depth talk with you to establish the condition of your body and organs and the reasons behind your decision to make anatomic modifications before scheduling any cosmetic procedure. After that, you will be informed about the risks, heal time duration and potential side-effects of the procedure you want to undergo. Your surgeon should make a computer image of your body to present you with a clear picture of the changes that should be made through the surgery. Most frequent side-effects of cosmetic surgery range from slight scarring, bruising, swelling and redness to severe skin irritation, infections and inflammation. Depending on the size of the area addressed by surgery, depth of the incision(s) and your overall health condition, some procedures may require a lengthy recovery period and you may be advised to take time off work until the side-effects of the surgery fade away.
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The aftermath: Consequences and benefits of cosmetic procedures
Most patients who underwent cosmetic surgery at some point in their life have reported a boost in self-confidence, improved self-image and higher self-esteem in the first few months (and sometimes even years) following the procedure. In addition to the psychological benefits and improved view of oneself, cosmetic surgery can contribute to a better quality of life and overall wellbeing of the patient. Procedures carried out by experienced surgeons are in most cases highly successful and have long-lasting effects. However, in case you’re not satisfied with the outcome of the cosmetic surgery procedure you can always demand a revision to take care of some overlooked or unaddressed issues or remove scars caused by the primary operation. In general, successful cosmetic surgery will have a lasting impact on your self-image and well-being and very few procedures require extensive revision and secondary operations.
So, are you ready to start treating your body as it ought to be treated? You’d better be, because you should never settle for the second-best in life, your body included. With the range of cosmetic surgery procedures expanding fast, you can now have the body of your dreams with no fuss, sweat or tears involved. Are you ready to enjoy your life to the fullest? Then make that initial appointment and see where the road may take you. After all, you never know how well your body may feel until you truly feel it on your skin.