5 Things you didn’t know about plastic surgery Introduction Plastic surgery is commonly performed nowadays in the United States and in most other countries around the globe. Depending on the culture and civilization of the country, different procedures are requested more than others. Plastic surgery often involves consistent investigations before the procedure takes place. It is also true that in a vast majority of cases, the aesthetic procedures deliver impressive results and can significantly improve the quality of life of the patient. In this article we will discuss five things you didn’t know about plastic surgery: Most requested plastic surgery procedures in the United States are breast augmentation and liposuction Considering the fact that it is very easy to lose the beautiful contours of the body and start accumulating fat in areas difficult to address with exercise and diet, it is no wonder that liposuction is in such demand nowadays. Moreover, patients interested in the procedure discover soon enough that there is no such thing as localized weight loss. For example, there are patients who want to get rid of unwanted fat deposits on the flanks and they keep a strict diet to reach their goals. However, some discover soon enough that the breasts might have lost volume but the flanks are barely affected by the weight loss. Liposuction is not a weight loss method; it is a body remodeling procedure who targets people of a normal weight who want to get rid of stubborn fat pockets from different areas of the body. Liposuction is commonly performed on the chin, ankles, calves, thighs, abdomen, and arms, among other areas of the body. Liposuction can be performed on just one area of the body or on multiple areas to contour the body furthermore. It can also be performed as a stand-alone procedure or with other procedures. Liposuction is probably one of the procedures most used in combination with other surgical procedures as it can improve the aesthetic results achieved by removing the excess fat. Breast augmentation surgery with silicone implants is also in the top two most requested plastic surgery procedures in the United States. The procedure has been performed for more than 50 years now and the implants we use nowadays are perfectly safe and emulate the feel of the natural breast tissue like never before. Moreover, the risks associated with this procedure have decreased over the years with the developments of modern medicine. Breast augmentation can be performed with liposuction of the abdominal wall and the flanks to improve the whole appearance of the front part of the body. Allow two weeks for the recovery after these combined procedures before resuming work and more than a month before resuming physical exercises. The patient’s behavior has a significant impact on the results If you have a look at forums or boards discussing plastic surgery, you will notice patients saying this plastic surgeon or the other is no good because he left me with these results. While it is true that in some cases the results are a direct consequence of the lack of experience of the plastic surgeon, in many others the patient has a role to play as well. The patient’s behavior after the procedure has a high impact on the results. The results are not all in the hands of the plastic surgeon, but in the patient’s own hands as well. Each procedure has a list of post-operative recommendations that should be followed to the letter to avoid complications and have a smooth recovery process. When these instructions are not followed, the results can be altered even before they become final. For example, in all cases of fat transfer and implants, the patient is advised not to sit or lie on the operated area to avoid the death of the fat transferred or the shifting of the implants. If this is not followed, the results are out of the hands of the plastic surgeon. Moreover, when it comes to the incisions and the scars, the patient’s predisposition to vicious scarring can also have an effect on their appearance. Moreover, to scar beautifully the patient is advised to wear compression garments and not use any products on the wounds that are not recommended by the plastic surgeon. Not all the risks associated with plastic surgery can be prevented While it would be amazing if we could prevent all risks associated with surgical procedures, this is not possible. There are risks and complications that could be avoided by following certain instructions of the plastic surgeon or performing the procedure in a certain manner and preparing properly for the procedure, but not all risks can be prevented. Some of the risks are associated with the body’s response to different factors. For example, when it comes to bad scarring, it is usually a genetic predisposition towards developing keloid or hypertrophic scars, and this can’t be prevented. Discuss the risks associated with the procedure you are interested in detail with the plastic surgeon before scheduling your procedure. Additional surgery might be required even after a successful initial surgery So you had a breast augmentation with silicone implants and everything was perfect. You are happy with the results, the scars are small and hidden in the natural folds of the body, and your breasts are the ideal shape and size. Why would you think about undergoing an additional procedure? Well, additional procedures might be required even if the initial procedure was a success. This might be necessary in case a complication occurs (e.g. capsular contracture) to remove and replace expired breast implants or to correct an imperfection that occurred with the passing of time. Just think of a breast reduction. You can have it in your 20s or even sooner if your breasts are overly big, but this doesn’t mean that your breasts will stay the same after the surgery forever. Chances are your breasts will be affected by mammary ptosis at some point in the life, probably after 40 or 50 years old, but it can happen sooner if your breasts are still on the big side. When considering plastic surgery, keep in mind that once you open that door, additional procedures might be required. For some patients, the need will occur due to complications developing, for others just to improve more areas of the body. It can improve the health of the patient Plastic surgery is mainly performed for aesthetic purposes or to correct a congenital defect or imperfection. However, at the same time, plastic surgery can improve the health condition of the patient. Just think of the tummy tuck. The plastic surgeon can correct umbilical hernia and also strengthen loose abdominal muscles to improve body posture and make the abdomen firm and flat again. Breast reduction can improve the functionality of the patient that can be impacted by the overly large size of the breasts. The patient can have an improved health as she will be able to do sports and other physical activities that were difficult or impossible to perform before. Moreover, different skin conditions can occur on the inframammary fold for patients with overly large breasts. These skin conditions are almost impossible to treat due to the perspiration that is a constant presence in that area. After the procedure, the patient will find it easy to cure these dermatological conditions. Conclusion Plastic surgery is a hot topic for debate nowadays, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that we know all there is to know about plastic surgery procedures and what they entail. Many people are not aware of the fact that not all the risks associated with these procedures can be prevented or that the results of plastic surgery are not exclusively in the hands of the plastic surgeon. The patient’s ability to follow the post-operative instructions is essential for the success of the procedure and achieving satisfactory results. When these instructions are not followed, even the most beautiful results achieved by a talented, board-certified plastic surgeon can be altered within the first few months after the procedure. Other things that most people don’t know is that breast augmentation with implants and liposuction are the most commonly requested and performed plastic surgery procedures in the United States and that plastic surgery can even improve the health of the patient and not only his or her aesthetic appearance.