There are many plastic surgery procedures available out there that can help improve appearance and correct defects or imperfections acquired either through trauma or simply genetics. These procedures can either be surgical or nonsurgical. Consult a plastic surgeon to determine the best procedure that can improve your appearance and achieve your desired results. Choose a board certified plastic surgeon to advise you on what to do. After examining you, your plastic surgeon will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate for plastic surgery or not. Honestly and openly discuss your goals and expectations with your surgeon. No one else, other than your plastic surgeon can assess your fitness for surgery or recommend the type of procedure that could efficaciously address your issues. The good thing with minimally invasive plastic surgery procedures is that they usually lead to less scarring, less pain, faster recovery compared to patients who undergo surgical procedures. The advancement in plastic surgery also makes it possible for plastic surgeons to use a variety of techniques and tools that make minimally invasive procedures affordable and easily accessible. Most cosmetic surgery procedures are usually outpatient procedures performed under general or local anesthesia. Before we discuss the different types of minimally invasive body plastic surgery procedures that can make a difference, let’s first find out what happens during the consultation. Consultation During the consultation, your plastic surgeon will examine you and do a detailed analysis to ascertain the type of plastic surgery that would best suit you. Patients are encouraged to maintain open communication with the plastic surgeon and ask any relevant questions related to plastic surgery including risks and possible complications related to the minimally invasive procedure you plan to undergo. Consultation time is the best opportunity for plastic surgery patients to obtain as much information and fully understand the procedure they plan to undergo. Prior surgery, you will be advised to strictly observe the following pre-operative instructions regardless if minimally invasive or not. • Discontinue smoking months before going under the knife. Smoking can prolong the healing period and impede the healing process so it is advisable to stop smoking early enough to reduce the risk of complications. • Stop using medications which contain aspirin, blood thinners, Vitamin E, ibuprofen and herbal supplements. Going under the knife while using these medications increases the risk of bleeding after surgery. • Make arrangements for a personal caregiver to take you home after the procedure. You will not be fit to drive home so you should arrange for someone to drive you after being discharged. • Avoid eating or drinking anything hours before going under the knife. These guidelines should be followed in order to increase the chances of achieving desired results and have an easy time when recovering from plastic surgery. The minimally invasive body plastic surgery procedures that can make a difference include: 1. Botulinum Toxin. This is one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic surgery procedures that temporarily eliminates or reduces signs of aging such as frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead creases and thick bands found in the neck. Some of the most common botulinum toxin injections include Disport and Botox. These injections help in blocking development of muscular nerve signals and aging signs. The average fee to get a Botulinum injection varies depending on your plastic surgeon and other factors such as facility charges. It is important to get a board certified plastic surgeon for any plastic surgery procedure. You need an experienced plastic surgeon with the right skills in order to achieve desired results. Are you a good candidate for this procedure? Aging signs can be caused by different factors such as frowning, smiling, chewing and squinting. These can make you look angry even when you are not. The best way to remove aging signs is through botulinum toxin injection. This procedure can be performed alongside other types such as microdermabrasion to achieve improved results. Recovery from Botulinum toxin This procedure does not require the use of anesthesia. Anyone who has undergone this procedure can resume normal activity immediately. It is very important to avoid rubbing the treated area to reduce chances of complications. This procedure is generally safe but the level of its safety depends on how a patient takes care of himself or herself during recovery. Some of the side effects of Botulinum toxin include: • Headache • Nausea • Redness • Symptoms of flu • Bruising • Drooping especially on the face 2. Liposuction During liposuction, the plastic surgeon reshapes and recontours one or multiple areas of the body by extracting the fat. People who undergo liposuction are healthy with a stable, close to normal weight, but with localized fat deposits that are resistant to physical exercises and diets. These fat deposits can be found in and around the abdomen, flanks, lower and upper back, chin, knees and calves. For men, the fat deposits can be also localized on the chest. During the consultation, your plastic surgeon will assess if you are a good candidate for the procedure by asking questions about your medical history, evaluating your anatomy and skin condition. Patients with a good skin condition and elasticity are good candidates for liposuction. If the patient has a poor skin tone and elasticity, this can lead to visible imperfections after liposuction and body contour irregularities. The skin might also not perfectly retract on the new contours of the body after liposuction. Liposuction can help you achieve a highly improved body that will enable you to wear any type of clothes while making you look more youthful. It is a well-known fact that localized fat deposits are effects of aging and an unhealthy lifestyle. This is why a toned and trim figure is oftentimes synonymous with youth. Possible risks and complications To avoid complications, choose a board certified plastic surgeon. This procedure is generally safe but there are quite a few risks associated with liposuction such as the following: • Swelling and bruising in the areas targeted by liposuction Contour irregularities Infection, albeit rare Depigmentation spots Do follow post-operative instructions of your plastic surgeon to avoid complications after liposuction. 3. Dermal Fillers This is also one of the most common, minimally invasive plastic surgery procedures. This procedure can be used to fix and fill in creases and frown lines on the face to give the face some youthful fullness. This procedure uses Calcium hydroxylapatite to fill creases on the face. This compound (Calcium hydroxylapatite) is produced naturally in the human bones. The most common injection with this compound is Radiesse. The risk of developing allergies after injection of this compound is low because it is produced biosynthetically in human beings. Simply put, it has no risks or adverse side effects. Dermal fillers can also be performed using a compound known as Hyaluronic Acid. It can be used in restoring facial features that have lost their shape and volume due to aging or other factors. This procedure is also capable of making the skin surface look hydrated to give it a fresh appearance. Hyaluronic Acid is compatible with the human body that is why it is mostly used as dermal filler to correct any signs of aging on the face. 4. Fat transfer This is a minimally invasive procedure which can be used to add volume to certain areas of the body such as the face, buttocks, breasts and hips. To be able to perform the fat transfer, the plastic surgeon will need to start with a liposuction on the donor areas to harvest the necessary fats needed for transfer to the areas in need of an augmentation. After the fat is collected, it will go through a purifying process to remove the blood and other fluids. The pure fat is reinjected to the face, buttocks, breasts or hips with the help of syringes. The advantages of fat transfer: • It can greatly improve the results of a butt or breast augmentation with implants • It can create a moderate augmentation of the breasts and buttocks by itself • Areas of the body can be sculpted with the help of liposuction and fat transfer • The scarring is minimal Conclusion Taking this into consideration, it is apparent that these are the most common minimally invasive body plastic surgery procedures that can make a difference. Consequently, the recovery period after these plastic surgery procedures is very short. Usually the patient can resume work within one or two days after the procedure. With the new developments in terms of techniques and materials used, the procedures are also practically pain-free. The plastic surgeon might prescribe pain medication and also antibiotics just to avoid infections. Despite the fact that these are considered minimally invasive procedures, they can help you change the appearance of your body with minimal risks and complications. With that said, do not forget that it is still just as important to find only Board-certified plastic surgeons to do your surgery, even for minimally invasive procedures such as these.