Plastic surgery involves the surgical rejuvenation or reconstruction of body areas that are affected or deformed due to an illness, injury, genetic issue, or cosmetic problem. This surgery aims to restore the appearance and function of the affected region.
While plastic surgery may treat problems with any part of the human anatomy, it doesn’t treat issues related to the central nervous system. It is mostly used to address the following issues or abnormalities:
- Skin problems, such as scars, cancerous growths or cancer treatment effects, tattoos, birthmarks, and more
- Facial skeleton (maxillofacial) problems or deformities
- Congenital problems, such as cleft palate, cleft lip, ear deformities, etc.
A classification of plastic surgery is called cosmetic surgery or aesthetic plastic surgery, which primarily addresses cosmetic concerns. While plastic surgery addresses medical plus appearance-related issues with the body, cosmetic surgery mainly focuses on the body’s visual aspects. To put it simply, cosmetic surgery is a treatment explicitly chosen by the patients themselves to improve their appearance rather than treat medical issues.
Table of Contents
- 1 Types of Plastic/Cosmetic Surgeries
- 2 Who is the Ideal Candidate?
- 3 Questions You Should Ask Your Surgeon During The Initial Consultation?
- 4 Things to Consider Before Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery
- 5 What to Expect?
- 6 Recovery and Results
- 7 Benefits of Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery
- 8 What type of anesthesia is used for Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery?
- 9 Our Surgeons
- 10 Consult an Expert
Types of Plastic/Cosmetic Surgeries
Being one of the best treatment facilities in Dubai’s hub, Dubai Cosmetic Surgery Clinic strives for clinical excellence through procedural safety and utmost client satisfaction. With our highly qualified, board-certified surgeons and cutting-edge, top-of-the-line equipment, we offer various plastic and cosmetic surgeries that help you reach the pinnacle of aesthetic and physical wellness.
Types of Cosmetic Surgeries
Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that alters the nose shape and sometimes function. It addresses issues like a deviated septum, a hump in the nose bridge, or other tissue irregularities. The aim is to give your nose a more sculpted appearance that aligns well with your facial symmetry.
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery that enhances the size of your breasts to improve your body aesthetics. This surgery is ideal for women who want to increase the volume of their undersized breasts to achieve a curvier appearance.
Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical treatment that aims to transform big, out-of-proportion bosoms into more symmetrical, perfect-sized breasts. This treatment gives you a curvier appearance and an improved self-image. It also reduces the discomfort typically associated with large, heavy breasts.
A facelift or rhytidectomy is a surgical treatment usually reserved for reducing severe aging signs on the face, neck, and jawline. It involves skin tightening and removing excess tissues to produce a firmer, more rejuvenated facial appearance.
Liposuction, or lipoplasty, is a surgical treatment that breaks up and suctions out fat under the skin, improving contouring in the treated region. This treatment is typically performed on the abdomen, back, thighs, buttocks, arms, neck, and under the chin to give you a slimmer appearance.
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) aims to improve the abdomen’s appearance. This cosmetic surgery removes excess fat and skin and tightens the abdominal wall, giving your stomach a more toned look. It is typically provided to patients who have lost significant weight and are left with too much sagging skin and fat in the belly area.
A butt lift is aesthetic surgery to lift and beautify the buttocks, improving the backside curve. This treatment can be combined with the treatments like a tummy tuck and lower body lift. It is also performed as a standalone procedure, typically known as a Brazilian Butt Lift.
Types of Plastic Surgery
Breast reconstruction is a plastic surgery usually recommended for patients who have had their breasts removed surgically as a part of cancer treatment (mastectomy). The breasts are reconstructed using silicone implants or flaps of tissues from other body areas like the lower abdomen.
Surgery for Burns and Wounds
Surgery for Burns and Wounds aims to restore the function and appearance of the body area affected by burns, wounds, or deep cuts. It includes the following surgical options:
- Skin grafts
- Free flap procedure
- Tissue expansion
Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure to reshape, reposition, or improve the proportion of the ears. This treatment is usually provided to individuals with deformed ears due to a congenital issue.
Hand surgery is a reconstructive treatment usually provided to restore hand and finger function. This surgery helps address functional and appearance-related issues with hands due to the problems like:
- Rheumatic disease
- Compromised hand structure due to degeneration
- Congenital problems with the hands
Who is the Ideal Candidate?
Cosmetic and plastic surgeries can dramatically change your outside appearance. But they are not without an impact on the inside of your body. Therefore, it is crucial to understand any possible implications or effects of your preferred treatment option. It is essential to discuss the procedure, its health risks, and your treatment objectives with a qualified plastic surgeon.
For a desirable outcome, you must ensure that you qualify for the treatment of your choice. Generally, good candidates for plastic or cosmetic surgery are those who:
- Understand the risks and complications of the procedure.
- Have a positive outlook and realistic expectations of the treatment.
- Have chronic illnesses and conditions under control.
- Are non-smokers or at least committed to stopping tobacco and nicotine consumption four to six weeks before and after the treatment.
Questions You Should Ask Your Surgeon During The Initial Consultation?
To understand how good your surgeon is at their job, you may want to ask them a few questions. It will help if you pen down all those questions on a notepad and bring it to the doctor’s office.
Here is what you may need to ask.
- What are your qualifications?
- When did you get your board certification?
- How long have you been in practice, and how many treatments have you provided thus far?
- Will you alone perform the procedure, or will other surgeons also be involved?
- Can you show me before/after photos of the patients you have treated?
- Can you get me in touch with your previous patients?
Things to Consider Before Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery
The preparation necessary before surgery depends significantly on the particular treatment that will be given and the type of anesthesia that will be administered. Sometimes, the surgeon may decide to combine two or more cosmetic surgeries to accomplish the desired outcome. The preparation guidelines in such a scenario will likely be more inclusive.
You must consider the following points when discussing the treatment with your surgeon to ensure optimum preparation for surgery.
- Be sure to ask about the procedure’s details, including what to expect, risks, and benefits.
- Ask about the type of anesthesia to be used and things you must expect during recovery.
- Tell your surgeon about your current medications (including prescription and OTC drugs), present and past history of chronic diseases, allergies, and any prior surgical procedures you had undergone.
- Ask when to stop eating and drinking before surgery. As a rule of thumb, people are usually advised to avoid foods and beverages from midnight before the procedure.
- Ask if you must follow any specific pre- and post-op instructions, including changing wound dressings, medications to aid recovery, and follow-up appointments.
- Discuss how long it could take to resume your job and other routine activities after surgery.
What to Expect?
Undergoing any plastic/cosmetic surgery is a significant decision due to its ability to dramatically change the body’s appearance and, sometimes, function. Therefore, you must be absolutely sure that the treatment outcome is what you look forward to.
Also, you should be fully aware of what can happen before, during, and after the treatment. It is specifically important to understand what to expect during recovery.
Before Surgery (Pre-Op Care)
Below are a few general guidelines commonly recommended for individuals who are about to undergo plastic or cosmetic surgery.
- Stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, blood-thinning medications, and herbal supplements at least two weeks before the procedure.
- Stop smoking and alcohol consumption two weeks before the treatment.
- Use antibacterial soap when bathing.
- Watch out for any infection or cold symptoms, and report to the doctor if you find any.
Your doctor will give you specific pre-op instructions based on the type of surgery.
After Surgery (Post-Op Care)
Whether you can leave the hospital the same day after your plastic/cosmetic surgery or must stay overnight depends on the type of treatment and its level of invasiveness. A less invasive procedure typically involves smaller incisions and less tissue manipulation, such as in the case of chin liposuction. You won’t usually need a hospital stay after such procedures.
On the other hand, a more invasive surgical procedure can involve larger incisions and extensive tissue manipulation, such as during a tummy tuck. Such treatments necessitate a hospital stay of one or two nights.
Before you leave the treatment facility, your healthcare provider will give you:
- Post-surgical care instructions specific to the type of surgery you underwent
- Instructions about how and when to change wound dressings
- Instructions and recommendations regarding OTC and prescription medications
- Instructions about when you may rejoin your work
- Guidelines about the level of physical activity you must engage in during different phases of recovery
- Dietary guidelines
Recovery and Results
Despite all the preparations and immediate aftercare, you will still experience swelling and bruising, which may last several weeks. The average minimum duration of bruising after cosmetic or plastic surgery is three weeks, while that of swelling is more than five weeks.
You won’t get immediate results after most cosmetic surgeries. This is because the body usually adjusts to the treatment during the first few weeks. Also, the visibility of the treated area is more influenced by swelling, especially during the early days post-procedure. Gradually, the swelling subsides, and the results start becoming visible. The treatment’s final or more significant outcome appears after several weeks or even months.
Here are the key points to remember about the recovery and results of plastic/cosmetic surgery.
- Bruising and swelling will subside and eventually disappear. However, surgical scars are usually permanent.
- While recovery time is highly specific to your treatment, you should expect a recovery duration between six and twelve weeks.
- Sometimes, your surgeon may recommend follow-up surgeries to accomplish treatment goals.
Benefits of Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetic and plastic surgeries offer numerous benefits, some of which include the following:
- Restored function and improved quality of life
- Improved body aesthetics
- Enhanced self-esteem
- Pain relief, in case the problem was interfering with regular body movements
What type of anesthesia is used for Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery?
The type of anesthesia depends on the procedure you are undergoing. For example, your surgeon will administer general anesthesia when performing a tummy tuck or liposuction because such procedures are more invasive than others and often involve extensive tissue removal. On the other hand, less invasive surgeries like chin augmentation, blepharoplasty, scar revision, etc., may be performed under local anesthesia with sedation.
Consult an Expert
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