Cosmetic surgery is an elective procedure that is used to improve a person's appearance, self-esteem, and self-confidence. It is a surgical specialty dedicated to the reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and diseases. Cosmetic surgery can be done anywhere on the face and body, and it includes both surgical and non-surgical procedures that reshape body structures to improve appearance. Breast augmentation, varicose vein treatment, and tummy tucks are all examples of cosmetic plastic surgery.
Any licensed physician can legally perform cosmetic surgery, so it is important to research your surgeon before making a decision. Your surgeon will explain how cosmetic surgery can change your body and what you can expect as a result. It is also important to be aware of the bruising and swelling that may follow cosmetic surgery and how long they last. During a fellowship, surgeons receive extensive training in all cosmetic surgery procedures of the face, breasts, and body, as well as non-surgical cosmetic treatments.
Cosmetic surgery is different from plastic surgery in that it focuses on improving appearance rather than restoring function. Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox and dermal fillers are used to relax or fill in crease lines without involving surgery. Although health insurance rarely covers the cost of cosmetic procedures, more people are choosing to undergo them.