What types of cosmetic surgery are there?

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There are many types of cosmetic surgery, and most were developed in response to restore the body after injury or illness. These days of course it is more common to hear of cosmetic surgery being used to enhance the looks and body shape of the person receiving it. Here are some of the most common types:

Face lifts – once the preserve of the rich and famous, rhytidectomy involves the removal of wrinkles from the face by various methods. This can be done with a “neck lift” to remove sagging and wrinkles in the neck area, which is a sure giveaway of your age! Implants can also be used to reshape the chin and cheeks. Lip enhancement and reshaping is also possible. The extreme level is orthognathic surgery, which involves the bones of the face being moved around through surgically controlled fractures.

Nose jobs – the nose can be reshaped (rhinoplasty) to make it larger, smaller, straighter, etc.

Eyelid surgery – known as blepharoplasty, this can either refer to the application of permanent eye makeup, or the reshaping of the eyelids.

Boob jobs – breast augmentation (mammoplasty) is performed to increase the size of the breasts, whilst reduction mammoplasty is used to reduce the breasts (and can be performed on men). Alternatively, mastopexy or a “breast lift” is reshaping of the skin around the breast to fix sag.

Tummy tucks – otherwise known as abdominoplasty, this involves reshaping of the abdomen to prevent wobbly tummies.

Butt implants – buttock augmentation is similar to breast augmentation in that implants are used to reshape the buttocks. A buttock lift is another procedure where excess skin is removed to make the butt higher and tighter.