Medical cosmetic enhancements have one goal – to improve a person’s appearance, but it should be approached with caution. Cosmetic procedures like rhinoplasty surgery should be carefully assessed by the doctor if this procedure is really needed since the procedure may be permanent.
Cosmetic procedure can be done in almost any part of the body, but the choice should not be taken lightly. It is important to be sure about the decision, to use an appropriate practitioner, and to have the right motivation.
Oral Cosmetic Enhancement
There are many teeth whitening systems and products including whitening toothpaste, over-the-counter gels, rinses, strips, trays, and whitening products obtained from a dentist.
Teeth whitening can be ideal for people with healthy, unrestored teeth and gums. Patients with yellow tones to their teeth respond best. But this cosmetic procedure is not recommended for everyone though.
Body Cosmetic Enhancement Procedures
Abdominoplasty, or popularly known as “tummy tuck” reshapes and firms the abdomen. Excess skin and fat is removed from the middle and lower abdomen, with the aim of tightening the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall.
This may be suitable after pregnancy or after losing a great deal of weight provided that it is approved by the doctor.
Buttock augmentation improves the appearance of the buttocks by enlarging them. The surgeon will either graft fat from another part of the patient’s body using liposuction. Silicone implants may also occasionally be used in the buttocks.
A buttock lift involves the removal of excess skin from the hips, buttocks, and thighs in order to tighten and lift them. These procedures are often combined with abdominoplasty among patients who have lost a considerable amount of weight after bariatric, or weight loss, surgery, for example.
Breast enlargement is traditionally performed using saline or silicone gel prosthetics, and now occasionally with fat grafting. It may be performed if the woman feels her breasts are too small, if two breasts are of different size, or if the breasts have altered in appearance after pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Breast enlargement can also boost self-esteem to many women and improve their feelings about their sexuality. But existing problems may remain. This is why women are encouraged to first undergo counselling.
Breast reduction can help allay physical discomfort, while the aim of augmentation more often relates to appearance. Breast reduction may also reduce the risk of breast cancer in women who are at high risk of the disease.
Depending on how much volume a patient has lost or desires, mastopexy can be combined with an implant. While it is similar to breast reduction, which removes a much greater amount of tissue, mastopexy is not usually covered by major insurance carriers as it is not deemed medically necessary.
Facial Cosmetic Enhancement
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, aims to reshape the eyelids. Aging makes the skin lax, and there may be drooping or hooding of the upper lids, and bags on the lower lids. Eyelid surgery may be functional, cosmetic, or both. It usually involves removing or repositioning excess skin and fat, and the procedure may reinforce the surrounding muscles and tendons.