Cosmetic SurgerySilver Spring, MD
By boosting your self-esteem, cosmetic surgery has the potential to also enhance your overall quality of life. Also sometimes known as plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery can address several insecurities. Types of cosmetic surgery we offer include breast augmentation, breast lift, face lift, neck lift, nose surgery, and more.
Cosmetic surgery is available at The Physicians Group SC in Silver Spring and the surrounding area. We can help you look as good as you feel. Call us today at 240-330-1815 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
Cosmetic Surgery for the Face
When people think of cosmetic surgery, they typically think of cosmetic surgery for the face. These procedures can be done to rejuvenate or otherwise enhance one's appearance. Cosmetic surgery procedures for the face include face lifts, neck lifts, nose surgery, and facial rejuvenation.
A face lift, also known as a rhytidectomy or facial rejuvenation surgery, "lifts" the loose skin to tighten the underlying muscles and tissues. Similarly, a neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, involves removing loose skin and fat from the neck for a more youthful appearance. A nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, is also more colloquially known as a "nose job." This procedure changes the shape of the nose.
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Cosmetic Surgery for the Body
Cosmetic surgery procedures for the body have also become common over the years, with the top two procedures performed in 2018 being breast augmentation and liposuction. Other common cosmetic surgery procedures for the body include Brazilian butt lift, breast lift, breast reduction, mommy makeover, thigh lift, and tummy tuck. Breast augmentation, also sometimes known as a "boob job," refers to the process of increasing the size of one's breasts with breast implants or fat transfer. In contrast, a breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, removes excess breast skin and tissue. As the name suggests, a breast lift, or mastopexy procedure, lifts and firms the breast by removing extra skin that has caused sagging.
A Brazilian butt lift refers to a procedure in which a surgeon increases the fullness of one's backside using fat transfer, while a mommy makeover is a "specialized combination of body contouring procedures " that address the physical changes that linger after pregnancy. It may include breast augmentation or reduction, breast lift, tummy tuck, and liposuction. Liposuction, often referred to as just "lipo," is the process of removing excess fat deposits from the body. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, "removes excess fat and skin and restores weakened muscles." Finally, a thigh lift, or thighplasty, tightens the overall appearance of the thighs.
Ideal Candidates for Cosmetic Surgery
As cosmetic surgery results are long-lasting, if not permanent, ideal candidates must have realistic expectations of how these changes might affect them. First, it is of vital importance for one to consider their motives for wanting to change their appearance. While many physical characteristics can be altered via cosmetic surgery, others cannot.
Ideal candidates for cosmetic surgery have realistic expectations about what they can accomplish with the procedure. They also have a basic understanding of all the medical risks and physical effects of healing. They know how the surgery may affect their personal and professional lives, what lifestyle changes they may need to make, and the expenses involved with the procedure. Additionally, any chronic medical conditions they have are under control, and they can abstain from smoking and nicotine use for four to six weeks before and after surgery. For certain procedures, it is also crucial to maintain a stable weight for six to 12 months.
What Cosmetic Surgery Is Like
Before the procedure, we will explain how the surgery may change the patient's face or body and what they can expect. During this time, the patient can also explain their own hopes for their surgery. We will also inform the patient about the benefits, risks and possible complications, and any possible alternatives to the procedure. We may also recommend additional procedures.
Most cosmetic surgery procedures involve general anesthesia or IV (intravenous) sedation. They are typically performed in the hospital under the supervision of an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist team. However, certain procedures may be performed on an outpatient basis or physician's office under local anesthesia. Before the surgery, the patient will see a professional one last time to ask any remaining questions. After the procedure, the patient will receive instructions for post-operative care, medication prescriptions and instructions, and contact information in case the patient has any questions.
Possible Risks and Complications of Cosmetic Surgery
As stated by MedicalNewsToday, "any surgery has a risk of complications." According to Mayo Clinic, patients are at higher risk for complications if they:
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher
- Have diabetes
We will discuss these risks and any other possible risk factors with the patient well in advance of the operation. Patients should contact their doctor immediately if they begin experiencing any of the following:
- Unusual pain
- Signs of stroke
- Visual disturbance
For their safety, before deciding to go forward with cosmetic surgery, patients should discuss their options with a primary health care provider.
Call Us Today
Cosmetic surgery can help you feel more confident and increase your overall enjoyment of life. We at The Physicians Group SC can help. Call us today at 240-330-1815 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my voice change after nose surgery?
It is rare, but some people do notice a difference in their voices after rhinoplasty. This is natural, as the nose plays a part in how we sound. If this is of concern to you, make sure to share your concerns with us.
Is there anything I can do to minimize my swelling and bruising?
Yes. Each surgery is different, and so is recovery. However, it generally helps to sleep in a reclining position for a week after surgery. You should also remember to administer your cold and warm compresses as directed.
Am I the right age to have cosmetic surgery?
You can have cosmetic surgery at any age. However, certain procedures tend to be more popular with younger patients, while others tend to be more popular with older patients. We can discuss your unique needs and desires in a one-on-one consultation.
Is cosmetic surgery safe?
When performed by a qualified professional, cosmetic surgery is safe. However, as mentioned before, every surgery carries its own set of risks. We will do everything in our power to keep you safe and comfortable throughout your procedure.
Does insurance cover cosmetic surgery?
If you require surgery for reconstructive reasons, insurance may cover all or part of the procedure. However, if you are undergoing surgery purely for cosmetic reasons, it is unlikely that insurance will get involved. We can help you determine what costs, if any, will be covered under your insurance.
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