How the 21st century provides you with the freedom to change your looks

Updated on April 14, 2021

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Most likely we can all relate to the feeling of not being happy about the way we look at times. Especially girls can have a hard time accepting their appearance. Young girls often struggle with insecurities when it comes to being skinny enough, having big enough boobs or having pure enough skin. 

The development, knowledge, and technology of the 21st century has allowed us to do something about this. Today, cosmetic procedures are available for those who wish to fix something that is bothering them about their appearance. 

There are a lot of different options as to how the procedure is done. In this article, we will try to look into what plastic surgery actually is and what kind of procedures are possible today.

What is plastic surgery?

Plastic surgery is the speciality within the medical area of surgery in which you restore, reconstruct, or alter a visual part of the human body. Normally, it is divided into two main categories: Reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery. 

Reconstructive surgery is performed in order to restore function and normal appearance, as well as correct deformities due to birth defects, trauma or medical conditions. Examples of reconstructive surgeries include craniofacial surgery, hand surgery, cleft lift surgery, breast reconstructions after cancer, and treatment of burns. 

Cosmetic surgery is performed in order to alter the appearance of a body part that you are not happy with. In other words, the procedure is performed to change the appearance for cosmetic reasons and unlike reconstructive surgery, it’s not considered medically necessary. 

What kind of cosmetic procedures are possible?

Nowadays, it is possible to change almost everything on your body if you want to. Her is a list of the most common cosmetic surgeries performed today: 

  • Breast enlargement (implants)

This is the most common procedure, where you enlarge the size of your breasts if you think they are too small.

  • Breast reduction (female or male)

This is relevant if your breasts are too big and causes back pain. It can also be performed on men in order to correct overdeveloped breasts. 

  • Surgical fat transfer

Here you move your own body fat from one place on your body to another. The goal is to improve or augment the area where the fat is injected. 

  • Facelift (rhytidectomy)

This is a procedure done to your face and neck in order to tighten and remove imperfections such as saggy skin and wrinkles. It’s mostly done on patients of a certain age, as the skin naturally loses elasticity with age. 

Other cosmetic surgeries include: 

  • Ear correction surgery, including ear pinning.
  • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
  • Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty)

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