Regain and Remain Confident

The Chance to Regain and Remain Confident

Cosmetic and plastic surgeries help improve a patient’s looks or correct a defect. Over the past years, these are the two services that millions of Americans have sought and required. While some individuals undergo one of these procedures due to a medical need, millions of others undergo a service to improve their physical appearance. Regardless of reason, one very important thing should be considered: that both procedures be performed only by skillful, licensed and, if possible, experienced surgeons, who have received adequate training in the performance of the procedures.

Plastic surgery, in particular, includes scar revision surgery, maxillofacial surgery, reconstruction of lower extremity, burn repair surgery, laceration repair, hand surgery and breast reconstruction surgery. These are intended to reconstruct a defect in the face or any part of the body; a defect that may have been caused by a burn, a disease, trauma, or a birth disorder.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were about 5.7 million reconstructive surgeries performed in 2013. Breast reconstruction surgery, the last in the top six reconstructive procedures performed during the year, was sought by 96,000 women, a 4% increase from 2012.

Breast reconstruction surgery usually follows a Prophylactic mastectomy, which is removal of one of both female breast/s (usually due to cancer). This procedure attempts to repair a breast, that is, restore its shape, appearance and size.

Although a breast may indeed be reconstructed, the following can be part of the expected consequences: that the sensation and feel of the reconstructed breast will not be the same as the one it replaced; and, the reconstructed breast will bear the incision lines.

Cosmetic or aesthetic surgery, on the other hand, is one type of plastic surgery. It has four different types:

a. Breast augmentation, or “boob job,” is the most popular form of cosmetic breast surgery. This procedure, which involves the insertion of saline or silicone gel implants, is aimed at increasing the size of the breasts to enhance their physical appearance.

b. Reconstructive breast surgery. This specific type of breast augmentation procedure is performed after one or both breasts have been lost to cancer. Using breast implants or donor muscle and skin, this procedure helps create a bustline that is more feminine and natural-looking.

c. Breast reduction. For those whose breasts are overly large, this is the recommended procedure for them to undergo. This surgical procedure removes excess breast tissues to reduce their size. There are also times when liposuction is performed to remove surplus fat cells from the breast area.

d. Breast Lift. Also known as Mastopexy, this cosmetic surgical procedure improves the shape of the breasts by restoring their firmness. This is done by lifting the skin and surrounding tissues to counter the drooping and sagging of the breasts due to gravity.

An article in the website of Bergman Folkers Cosmetic Surgery states that breast reconstruction surgery will be most appreciated by women whose breast/s has/have been removed because of cancer or other diseases. Prior to surgery, the patient can even choose the size of breasts that she may want to have.

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