Aesthetic issues you didn’t know can be corrected with plastic surgery Introduction The development of modern plastic surgery has led to the creation of procedures that are safer and more able to deliver results that go beyond what we could have imagined a decade or two ago. The procedures are more and more refined, and each year there are new procedures developed to cater to the specific needs of patients. Each patient is different and has a specific set of requests and expectations from the plastic surgery, and this is the reason why different procedures are recommended even for patients with similar anatomical characteristics. There are certain plastic surgery procedures very much in demand such as breast implants and liposuction. People know a lot of details about them and information is available pretty much everywhere you look, online or offline. However, there are also procedures performed with a particular purpose in mind that not everyone knows about. In this article, we will talk about three aesthetic issues you might not have known can be corrected with the help of plastic surgery. Huge breasts in women It is a well-known fact that breast augmentation with implants is the second most performed plastic surgery procedure in the United States and also very popular all over the world. However, few people know that a reverse procedure is also possible and performed to correct breasts with an excessive volume. Huge breasts in women are not always a blessing, especially if they weigh more than what the spine could easily carry on a daily basis. Overly large breasts can have many causes and can occur as early as the teenage years, being a real problem for young girls who have to deal with breasts that can be over 1 kg each and with a body appearance of a much more mature woman. Overly large breasts pose more than an aesthetic concern for patients confronted with them. Many women experience constant back, neck and shoulder pain as a result of the extreme pressure put by the weight of the breasts on the spine. These women end up avoiding any physical exercises or activities as they often cause pain and are difficult to perform due to the volume and weight of the breasts. Breast reduction is performed with the aim of reducing breasts of an excessive size and volume. In some cases, the procedure can even be covered by health insurance, especially if the patient can demonstrate that the volume of the breasts is having a negative impact on the quality of life or triggering other health conditions. Something very common for women with overly large breasts is an abnormal body posture which can lead to permanent deformations of the spine. The procedure can be performed in less than two hours, and it often requires general anesthesia. The hospitalization period is short, patients can leave the medical facility after a couple of hours after waking up from the anesthesia, and the recovery period is no longer than two weeks. After breast reduction, patients mention a considerable improvement in the quality of their lives, as well as increased mobility and aesthetics. Feminine-looking breasts in men A masculine appearance is characterized by a firm chest and broad shoulders, as well as a small waist and hips. But what can be done if you are confronted with large, feminine-looking breasts that completely ruin your masculine appearance? Many men confronted with this condition don’t know that it is actually called gynecomastia and has a solution delivered by means of plastic surgery. When confronted with feminine-looking breasts, men tend to be embarrassed with their aesthetic appearance and avoid situations when they need to take off their shirt. Moreover, they might deal with an intense emotional discomfort caused by feminine-looking breasts. It is important to know that this condition can be caused by different factors and it is important to know whether there is something you can do about it. For example, certain medication can trigger such a response in the body to cause the overdevelopment of mammary tissue. Enlarged breasts in men can disappear without treatment if it occurs at a certain age, but often, if the patient is over his teenage years and confronted with this issue, it is likely that it needs medical attention. Gynecomastia is not a condition to pose a real danger to the patient’s health; however, many men prefer to undergo the procedure to correct it to improve their body image and have a boost of self-esteem. The procedure performed to correct enlarged breasts in men is similar to the breast reduction performed on women. It entails incisions on the breasts and the excision of a part of the mammary gland that is in excess, as well as the additional skin and fat tissue. After the surgery, the patient will enjoy having a more masculine chest. The recovery period after this surgery is rather short and many patients recover in one to two weeks; however, make sure to resume intense physical activities only after getting the plastic surgeon’s consent. Rectangular, oval and inverted triangle body shape in women Not many women are aware of the fact that they can change or improve the shape of their bodies with plastic surgery. Even women who used to have nice, hourglass body shapes in their youth can end up being affected by different factors and developing a body shape that is not overly appealing. Some of the body shapes that are considered as less desirable are the rectangular, oval, and inverted triangle. The inverted triangle is actually a beautiful shape for a man, but not desirable in women. The oval shape often means a patient could use liposuction to get rid of fat deposits on the flanks and abdominal area. A shape that has always been considered the ideal in feminine beauty is the hourglass shape. This body shape is defined by a small waist that is accentuated by wide hips and shoulders. This translates into beautiful curves in all the right places. But how can be body shape be corrected with the help of plastic surgery? Before anything else we should mention that we can’t completely change the shape of the body; all we can do is redistribute fat for a more appealing body image. What does this mean? Plastic surgery can’t make your waist smaller if you have a wide abdominal cavity, but it can certainly help to reduce the adipose deposits that might be in excess on the flanks and the abdominal wall. Moreover, in correcting the rectangular shape of the body, the plastic surgeon will use the fat collected from the midline to inject it into the hips. Making the waist smaller and the hips wider will help in creating the hourglass silhouette. The procedures that combine techniques such as liposuction and fat transfer to the hips are known under the name of hourglass procedures and very effecting in changing and enhancing the shape of the body. Keep in mind that the plastic surgeon might recommend the hourglass hip procedure or the hourglass tummy tuck if you are suffering from loose abdominal muscles and saggy skin on the inferior part of the tummy. Hourglass procedures are more complex and require a longer time to be performed. It can take up to five hours or more to undergo one of these procedures, depending on the anatomical characteristics of the patient. However, the recovery period is often not more difficult compared to other procedures. To be able to sustain the beautiful results achieved with hourglass surgery, patients are advised to avoid an ulterior pregnancy and also weight fluctuations. Otherwise, the aesthetic results might be altered. Conclusion While liposuction and breast implants are widely known and performed, there are other aesthetic issues that can be corrected with plastic surgery that most people don’t know about. We have discussed in this article about correcting huge breasts in women with the help of plastic surgery, but also enlarged breasts in men and changing the shape of the body. Each of these procedures can improve the physical appearance of the patient and also alleviate the emotional and physical discomfort that can be associated with these aesthetic flaws.