What Plastic Surgery Options Are Available?

By: Editor in Living Well on 14-11-2017

If you are unhappy with the way that you look, there are many cosmetic and aesthetic surgical options that can allow you to permanently change your look. There are many different cosmetic and aesthetic plastic surgery options to choose from, with the most popular including breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, lip fillers and more.

Cosmetic and aesthetic surgery options are becoming more affordable, natural-looking and less painful because of innovations in the medical field. Keep reading to find more about common cosmetic and aesthetic surgical options.  

Cosmetic Surgery

If you are considering cosmetic surgery, you will want to educate yourself about the procedure. You should be confident in your decision to have the procedure done and be realistic about what the results will be. Cosmetic surgery is often permanent so you will want to certain that you truly want to have the surgery done.

A few of the main things that you should ask yourself include:

  • What are my expectations?

    • Although you may believe that a nose job or lip fillers may make you look like the model in the picture or your favorite celebrity, you need to stay realistic. You need to ensure that your expectations are not sky-high and understand what the outcome of the procedure will look like.

  • What are the risks and possible complications?

    • You will want to be aware of any risks associated with the procedure. You should also be informed about other treatment options that may have less risk associated with them.

  • What is the recovery time?

    • It is very important to do your research and speak with your doctor so that you will know what to expect when it comes to pain and recovery time. It is also crucial to find out how to effectively manage your pain and aid in your healing.  

If you have decided that you would like to have cosmetic surgery done you will want to make sure that you find the best cosmetic surgeon for your procedure. You will want to find a surgeon that is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The doctor that you choose should have a lot of experience, satisfied customers, positive reviews and a portfolio of their work to show you. You will also want to find a doctor that makes you feel comfortable and not rushed. Other things that you should consider is the cost of the procedure, the type of procedure (if the surgery is in-patient or out-patient), and where the procedure will take place.

Common Cosmetic Procedures

There are cosmetic and aesthetic plastic surgery options for almost every part of the body. Plastic surgery options that are not corrective are often influenced by trends, popular culture, and surgical innovations. A few of the most popular cosmetic surgery and aesthetic procedures include:

Cool Sculpting

CoolSculpting has become an incredibly popular cosmetic treatment over the past few years. It is an FDA-cleared procedure that utilizes controlled cooling to effectively eliminate fat that is stubborn and has not responded to diet and exercise. It uses innovative technology that allows for fat tissue to be reduced without having to undergo surgery such as liposuction. CoolSculpting uses cryolipolysis to freeze and destroy fat cells. CoolSculpting uses the controlled application of uses various temperatures from +5 to -5 °C to reshape contours of the body. It allows for the localized reduction of fat deposits in a non-invasive way. The cooling causes cell death of the fat tissue without damaging the skin.

CoolSculpting is performed on a variety of areas of the body with the most common areas including stomach, thighs, arms, and legs. The time it takes for CoolSculpting to be performed depends on the area being treated, with most treatments lasting between 45-60 minutes per area. CoolSculpting is often done in spas and aesthetic clinics. The cost of CoolSculpting depends on the size of the area being treated and the number of treatments required. Most CoolSculpting treatment plans cost between $2,000-$4,000.

Breast Lift

A breast lift is a common cosmetic surgery that can raise breasts that sag and droop. The breasts may sag and droop because of age, changes in weight, pregnancy or due to breast feeding.  A breast lift is also called a mastopexy. It repositions the nipple higher on the breast and lifts the breast by removing excess skin and sewing it together. Breast lifts aim to make the breasts look more attractive by making them rounder, fuller and higher. A breast lift may be done in a variety of ways including a periareolar breast lift, short scar breast lift or traditional breast lift. A breast lift is performed under general anesthesia and surgery is often complete within three hours. A breast lift is often done as an out-patient surgery which means that the patient can go home the same day as the surgery.

The recovery time after a breast lift varies from patient to patient, but most can expect to return to a non-strenuous work environment within five to seven days. After approximately one to two weeks the stitches are removed. Most patients are fully recovered six weeks after surgery. A breast lift is often not covered by health insurance unless it is part of a reconstructive surgery. A breast lift often costs between $5000 to $8000, but the price depends on a variety of factors including the extent of the surgery, the surgeon, the facility and more.


Rhinoplasty is a type of surgery that is done to reshape the nose or improve how it functions. Rhinoplasty is an extremely common cosmetic procedure that may change the size, shape and overall appearance of the nose. Rhinoplasty is often done as an outpatient procedure which means that the patient can go home the same day that the surgery is done. Rhinoplasty is done under general or local anesthesia. To achieve the goal look, the plastic surgeon will reshape the nose using cuts within the nostrils, across the base of the nose and will restructure the inner bone and cartilage.

The recovery from rhinoplasty often requires the patient to wear a nasal splint for at least a week after surgery. There may be bruising and swelling in the surrounding areas including around the eyes that lasts for a few days up to two weeks. Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least four to six weeks after surgery. The cost of rhinoplasty surgery varies greatly depending on the extent of the surgery, the facility, the surgeon and more. It often costs between $5,000 to $8,000.

Cosmetic and aesthetic plastic surgery and procedures are not for everyone. It is important that you go in for a consultation to see what procedures and plastic surgery options you may be a candidate for when striving to achieve a certain look.