Common plastic surgery procedures and the procedures that are covered by insurance most often include breast reduction/contouring, breast uplift, liposuction, facelifts, skin retouching/body contouring, abdominoplasty, breast implants, and rhinoplasty. Many plastic surgeons choose to specialize in certain areas of plastic surgery. Surgeons who choose to become board certified in plastic surgery take special classes that give them a thorough understanding of all of the patient's medical history and his or her specific health and/or medical issues. After completing their schooling, these doctors must pass comprehensive standardized boards and examinations in order to practice legally in their state. In order to become certified plastic surgeons must also complete a specific amount of training in one of the many fields of plastic surgery.Plastic surgery professionals work to improve a person's appearance through repairing, reconstructing, and transforming the function, beauty, and appearance of the body. Cosmetic plastic surgery can help treat everything from cleft lips to cleft palatal cleft palate, treating the effects of burn scars and acne scars, improving the appearance of breast implants, correcting the size of the nose and lips, reshaping and correcting facial bone structure, treating and preventing aging of the skin, treating and preventing hearing loss, preparing the body for surgery or other procedures, and treating infertility. Plastic surgeons can even combine various cosmetic procedures to improve on a single issue. It is important to consider plastic surgery carefully before opting for this procedure.
Abdominoplasties, or more commonly known as a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure used to create the appearance of a flatter and toned stomach. The surgery entails the removal of excessive fat and skin from the upper and lower abdominal walls in order to tight the abdominal muscle and connective tissue of the wall. It is one of the most common surgeries performed by plastic surgeons and has gained popularity in recent years because of its high success rate. In fact, in some countries, it is the first medical surgery every year. However, there are risks associated with tummy tuck, and patients should be aware of these before undergoing such a procedure.MedicationsThe majority of tummy tuck patients are advised to lose weight quickly after the surgery, so they do not gain back any excess weight during the procedure. In addition, patients may be prescribed certain medications to help their recovery, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), muscle relaxants, and antibiotics. These medications can be useful in preventing stomach ulcers, bleeding, and complications from medication side effects, but the long-term effects of these medications may outweigh their benefits. Patients should ask their doctor which medications are best for them, as each patient will heal with different medications and each medication may have a different effect on healing.MethodsThe abdominoplasty procedure typically requires an incision of around six inches in length, although the exact depth may vary. Depending on the type of procedure, the doctor may use different methods to release the skin and fat from around the abs. Liposuction, a procedure in which the surgeon sucks the fat away from a person's body, may be combined with a tummy tuck in some cases. Exercises, lifestyle changes, and plastic surgery all can help a patient reach his or her ultimate goal of a flat, muscular abdominal area.
Simply put, gynecomastia (also known as man boobs) is when a male's male breast tissue becomes unusually large or even swells. Gynecomastia usually occurs in both male breasts, although it can be slightly worse on one side than the other (an asymmetrical gynecomastia). Although gynecomastia can be a genetic condition, it is believed to be caused by an imbalance in estrogen levels. In addition, some men are just genetically-prone to having man boobs, while others are genetically predisposed to having larger breasts, which of course can lead to gynecomastia.There are different gynecomastia surgery treatments out there to deal with this condition. One type of gynecomastia surgery, called liposuction of the breast tissue, removes excess skin and fat buildup in the area from which the gynecomastia developed. The results are often impressive, as the skin and fat are sucked away, leaving the chest smooth and feminine looking. Depending on how much fat is removed, liposuction of the breast tissue may cause a bit of scarring; however, most patients have no other cosmetic issue related to their gynecomastia surgery, and there have been very few reports of serious complications from the procedure.
Another form of gynecomastia surgery is the plastic removal of the nipple and areola. This plastic surgery is similar to liposuction of the breast tissue, and although it does not involve the removal of fat and skin, there is still some scarring that occurs. This procedure is only for men who have developed pseudo-gynecomas as a result of male-pattern baldness or gynecomastia. Pseudo-gynecomas are most commonly found in men who have had large amounts of hair removed from their chest area, such as by a procedure called "canclae removal." Plastic surgeons do not routinely perform this plastic surgery for gynecomastia, but some local plastic surgeons are comfortable with performing this procedure if certain medical conditions are satisfied.
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