Is Cosmetic Surgery Right for Me? What to Expect from 3 Common Procedures

Undergoing a cosmetic procedure is a great way to boost your confidence, but many patients don’t know what to expect during and after their surgeries. Here is a closer look at three of the most popular cosmetic operations that are carried out today and a few steps that patients can take to maximize the results. 

Breast Augmentation

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States. The primary goal of this operation is to increase the size of one’s breasts, but an experienced surgeon can also create a balanced appearance. Most breast augmentation procedures take around two hours to complete, and patients should plan on avoiding strenuous activities for at least three or four weeks. That being said, some patients fully recover within 15 or 20 days. Patients should also keep in mind that most implants need to be refilled or replaced once every 15 years. 


Liposuction is another popular operation, and it has helped countless patients achieve their cosmetic goals. This procedure can be carried out almost anywhere on the body including the stomach, flanks, buttocks, thighs, arms, and neck. Most surgeons prefer to use a local anesthetic and oral sedative, but you might be given a general anesthetic if quite a bit of tissue is going to be removed. The average recovery time for liposuction is about two weeks, and you should resume your exercise routine as soon as you are cleared by your doctor. Patients who stick to healthy lifestyle habits can often maintain the results for decades. 

Tummy Tuck

While a surgeon might remove some fat during a tummy tuck, the goal of this procedure is to sculpt a flat and toned midsection. The surgical team will generally reposition muscles, remove fatty tissue, and excise skin. Following this operation, patients must wear an abdominal binder for at least a month or two in order to protect the stitches and minimize swelling. Much like liposuction, you should stick to healthy lifestyle habits if you want to maintain the results. That includes staying hydrated, getting plenty of rest, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly. 

Before having any elective procedure carried out, you should do as much research as possible. In addition to online resources, patients also need to speak with an experienced surgeon who knows the ins and outs of these operations. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will be able to answer any questions that you might have.

About the author:

Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.


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