10 Most Common Plastic Surgery Procedures

Plastic surgery is growing in popularity every year, with nearly 18 million surgical procedures performed in the United States each year.Women are no longer the only ones undergoing cosmetic surgery. Men are contributing to the surge in surgery. Below are the 10 most common plastic surgery procedures.


Liposuction is a surgical procedure that sucks fat from specific areas of the body to provide a slimmer and more shapely contour. There are several types of liposuction.

In tumescent liposuction, the most popular types are saline, a drug that constricts blood vessels, and a numbing agent, which are injected into the area to be treated.

This fluid, along with the fat, is sucked out of the body using a small hollow metal device called a cannula. The infusion can cause short-term fluid retention that decreases over the next few days.

In Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction (UAL), a cannula releases ultrasonic energy to melt fat so that it can be sucked out of the body. UAL carries greater risks than tumescent liposuction, including the risk of internal and external burns and a longer procedure time.

Other options include laser liposuction, power assist, air assist, and suction assist.

Generally, patients are able to return to work within a few days, depending on the treatment area selected.

What you should know if you are considering liposuction

breast augmentation

Breast augmentation surgery for women has become very popular, with more than 300,000 procedures performed in the United States each year.

Surgery is performed for many reasons, such as enlarging both breasts, replacing missing breasts, or equalizing asymmetric breasts. Other women opt for surgery when their breasts are not developing during puberty, a condition called congenital microbreasts.

Silicone implants were once banned for being a health hazard, but are now gaining popularity. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 12 percent of women opted for silicone implants in 2018.

Most patients require a recovery period of one to two weeks before returning to normal activities. High-intensity activities, such as running, may require additional recovery time.

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What happens after breast implant surgery


Blepharoplasty can be performed for cosmetic reasons or to improve vision in patients whose eyelids obstruct vision. Excessive or sagging skin can lead to impaired vision and contribute to aging.

During surgery, the lower eyelid, which suffers from chronic puffiness or wrinkles, is often reduced for a more youthful appearance. The fat pad under the eye that causes the “eye bag” to appear is removed as needed during lower eyelid surgery.

Most people can be seen in public within 10 to 14 days, and the swelling becomes less noticeable within weeks or months.

Blepharoplasty Overview


Abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck or lower body lift, removes excess skin from the abdomen and tightens the remaining skin. This procedure is usually reserved for people who have excess skin after pregnancy or who have lost significant weight after bariatric surgery.

The ideal candidate has no excess fat deposits in the abdomen to remove, but has too much skin overhanging the abdomen. Most patients are able to return to normal activities within two to three weeks, but physical activity may be restricted for longer periods of time.

what you can get from a tummy tuck

breast reduction

Breast reduction surgery for women is one of the few plastic surgeries that is regularly paid for by insurance because the benefits go far beyond improving appearance. Women with very heavy or large breasts often have difficulty finding clothing that fits and experience chronic back pain, neck pain, chronic rashes and poor posture.

Ideally, surgery to reduce breast size and weight will relieve back pain and improve posture. Surgery is a permanent solution to breast disproportion, and most patients return to work within two weeks.

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Rhinoplasty or rhinoplasty can reshape the nose so that it is in balance with the rest of the face. The surgeon can reduce the overall size of the nose or refine areas of the nose for a more pleasing appearance.

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In some cases, breathing can be improved with surgery, such as a deviated septum, and insurance will pay for some or all of the surgery. Post-operative bruising may be noticeable, but should subside within the next ten days, when most patients return to work.

wrinkle removal

Wrinkle removal or cosmetic surgery is a surgical solution for wrinkles and sagging caused by aging. Facelifts tighten facial skin for a more youthful appearance by gently tightening the skin, smoothing deep lines and reducing sagging.

Facelifts are often combined with other procedures (forehead lift, blepharoplasty, or skin peels) to enhance the patient’s youthful appearance. Sutures are usually removed 5 to 10 days after surgery, but recovery takes several weeks.

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breast lift

Breast lift is a treatment for sagging or poorly shaped breasts that repositions the breasts for a more vibrant appearance. Typically patients have this procedure after significant weight loss or after pregnancy when the breasts look shriveled.

Some women opt for lift and implant surgery if their breasts are significantly smaller than they were before weight loss or pregnancy. Most women were able to return to work within two weeks and resume full physical activity within a month.

Common breast lift techniques

forehead lift

Similar to a facelift, a forehead lift tightens the skin on the forehead to remove wrinkles and smooth creases. This corrects sagging eyebrows, “masked” eyelids, forehead wrinkles and frown lines. The eyebrows are also raised for a more alert and youthful look.

Patients with deep grooves between the eyebrows can also benefit from a forehead lift, as the lines are minimized when the eyebrows are raised. Most patients are able to return to normal activities within ten days of surgery, but the recovery time can be significantly longer when combined with other facial procedures.

Gynecomastia Treatment

Surgery to reduce gynecomastia and excess fat (a condition called gynecomastia) is a permanent treatment for most men, as long as the increased amount of tissue is due to the person’s genes. However, most men do not need treatment.

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Some men experience breast growth after habitual use of steroids or marijuana. For these men, breast enlargement can occur with continued use of growth-causing drugs. Men who know that drugs are the cause of gynecomastia must stop using them before surgery, or the results may not be ideal.

Men with very large breasts may require longer procedures and additional surgery to reduce excess skin; otherwise sagging skin may be noticeable.

Surgeons usually make an incision around the nipple line so that the scar is not noticed by casual observers, allowing the patient to go shirtless after recovery. Most men were able to return to work within a week and were able to resume normal activities within a few weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is cosmetic surgery called plastic surgery?

    The word plastic surgery comes from the Greek word plastikos, which means to form or shape. Cosmetic surgery changes a person’s appearance through a combination of implants and tissue remodeling. Plastic surgery does not involve plastic surgery.

  • Is circumcision covered by insurance?

    possible. If the reason for the surgery is medical, your health insurance may cover blepharoplasty (blepharoplasty). Sagging eyelid skin can hinder vision and is a common medical problem in older adults.

    If your doctor recommends blepharoplasty for medical reasons, insurance should cover it, but check with your insurance company first.

  • Is breast augmentation surgery covered by insurance?

    it depends on. If breast reduction surgery is done for medical reasons, insurance may cover it. Breast augmentation surgery is a cosmetic surgery that is not covered by insurance.

    Breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy due to breast cancer is usually covered by insurance. Breast revision surgery may be covered by insurance if it is due to a health problem, such as scarring, deformities, implant problems, or uneven breasts.

    Gynecomastia may be covered by insurance if treatment for gynecomastia is deemed medically necessary.

    Be sure to check with your insurance company before scheduling the procedure.

Gynecomastia Overview