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Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is the process of reconstructing or repairing parts of the body, either to treat injury or for cosmetic reasons.

Knowing What to Expect

Preparing for surgery can feel overwhelming or scary if you don’t know what to expect. You may have some unanswered questions and worries that make you feel this way. Knowing what to expect will help you feel less nervous and more in control.

Am I Eligible for Plastic Surgery?

You’re likely a good candidate for cosmetic surgery if you:

  • Are healthy
  • Know the risks involved
  • Have reasonable expectations about the procedure

You may not be considered eligible for plastic surgery if you have health problems, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Alcoholism
  • High blood pressure
  • A bleeding disorder
  • Heart disease
  • A mental health condition

If you have any of the above, your plastic surgeon might ask you to make some changes to your lifestyle before being considered for surgery. For example, if you’re a smoker, you may need to quit two to four weeks before surgery and avoid smoking for two to four weeks after the procedure.

Before your procedure, your plastic surgeon will talk to you in-depth about your health, your lifestyle (including how often you exercise, drink, and smoke), and any medications or supplements you take. (Even vitamins or herbal products can affect bleeding or interfere with the medications used for plastic surgery, so be sure to mention these to your medical professional.) This discussion is different depending on the type of work you want done and will give an idea of whether plastic surgery is a good option for you.

Plastic Surgery Procedures

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation enlarges your breasts, usually by means of an implant filled with silicone or a solution of saltwater (saline) that is the same concentration as the body. You have options when it comes to your breasts’ size, shape, and profile (how far they stand out from your chest).

Breast Reduction (Mammoplasty)

You may choose to have a surgical procedure to reduce the size of your breasts, either for health or aesthetic reasons. Breast reduction surgery can change the shape and droop of the breasts.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

An abdominoplasty improves the shape of your tummy area (abdomen). It can involve removing fat and loose skin and tightening abdominal muscles. It’s especially effective when excess skin can’t be shed with exercise.


Liposuction (or simply lipo) is plastic surgery that uses suction to remove fat from the body in order to change its shape. It is most effective for people whose weight is normal and who have firm, elastic skin.

The technique commonly removes unwanted fat deposits from the hips but can also target the:

  • Neck
  • Arms
  • Tummy
  • Loins
  • Thighs
  • Inner side of the knees
  • Ankles