For most people, getting plastic surgery means enhancing their overall self-image that will ultimately reflect the way everyone sees them – as the energetic, vibrant individual that they’re trying to project. However, when some people glance in the mirror they inevitably see a person looking back at them that’s not exactly their idea of beauty. In other words, they notice every little wrinkle, crease, and flaw. They may also be aware that gravity is starting to affect certain areas of their body as well.

When it comes to the gradual aging process, sometimes the feeling of hopelessness or even despair can manifest in the form of disappointment or even fear. But, you don’t have to automatically surrender to feeling old or frustrated every time you see yourself in the mirror. Nowadays, individuals in their 50s and 60s are more vibrant and full of life than ever. But, they also want their looks to match the way they feel on the inside as well. This is where the power of surgery comes in.

Surgery and Self-Image Issues

Most people seeking plastic surgery are doing so in order to improve both their self-esteem and their visual looks. Many individuals often claim that their self-confidence as well as their self-image greatly improved once their perceived shortcomings in terms of their physical appearance were corrected or altered in some way.

Although many aging adults have these kinds of feelings where their appearance is concerned, they simply want to age gracefully and fight it every step of the way rather than just give up. However, it’s very important to get surgery for the right reasons and only for yourself, rather than because someone else suggests it.

Which Cosmetic Procedures are the Most Popular?

Today, the most popular cosmetic procedures performed are facelifts, breast implants, liposuction (lipoplasty), Botox injections, rhinoplasty (nose jobs), and eyelid surgery. Here are some of the details surrounding a few of these highly popular surgeries and what’s involved:


• Lipoplasty

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Sometimes referred to as body sculpting, lipoplasty is a unique method of removing stubborn areas of fat, such as love handles or saddle bags that aren’t conducive to the perfect body image.

With lipoplasty, the surgeon works to suck out the fat via a tiny incision made in the patient’s skin. Once the procedure is over, there’s a certain amount of bruising, swelling, and sometimes a bit of numbness surrounding the target area. In most cases, the patient feels well enough to return to work after a couple of days following the procedure, based on how much fat was actually removed as well as their age and overall health.

• Rhinoplasty

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Your nose can be reconfigured into almost any shape you desire these days. The process is performed by first removing the skin and then literally reshaping the structure of the nose, which consists of both cartilage and bone.

It’s important to take it easy following a rhinoplasty procedure, as the swelling and bruising will be at its peak during the initial three days. In fact, the swelling may not completely subside for many weeks, while the general bruising will likely disappear in a week or so. Most people return to their normal lifestyles within two or three weeks.

• Breast Implants

Breast implants refer to saline-filled bags that the surgeon slides in between the patient’s chest muscles and breast tissue, or between the chest wall and muscles. Most patients can get up and out of bed after a few days following surgery and feel strong enough to go back to work anywhere from a couple of days to a week following the procedure. However, strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least two weeks following surgery.

• Blepharoplasty

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Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is done to tighten up the loose, baggy skin near the eyelids. Although it’s not meant to eliminate wrinkles or fine lines, it does give the appearance of a more youthful look overall. Expect a bit of bruising and swelling following the procedure for about a week, maybe longer. Also, some patients report blurry vision following the operation along with dry eyes, or eyes that easily tear up.

The Importance of Finding the Ideal Cosmetic Surgeon

It’s crucial to find the best surgeon that will ultimately accommodate your needs and desires since the level of their performance will likely affect the rest of your life. A good cosmetic surgeon will perform a successful procedure that will enable you to feel years younger and more like your “true” self in order to help improve your self-image. On the other hand, using the services of an inexperienced cosmetic surgeon will increase the likelihood of experiencing subpar results that will lead to lost time and energy, additional costs, and general distress.

Therefore, it’s in your best interest to only use a board certified surgeon with positive reviews and references who has the necessary experience it takes to achieve the desirable results you’re looking for.