Plastic surgery is a 15 billion dollar business each year in America with over 11 million procedures performed. With the advent of safe and affordable cosmetic surgery procedures, many people are considering lift surgery to erase the ravages of time and restore the body to a youthful appearance.
Types of Cosmetic Lift Surgery
Face lift surgery, also known as rhytidectomy, is the second most common plastic surgery (after liposuction). It was once available only to the extremely wealthy but is now commonly performed to remove skin on the face that has stretched and fallen as aging has occurred.
Neck lift surgery is commonly done on people who have developed neck rings, jowls and the “waddle-like” skin that can occur as we age. It can restore a more youthful appearance to the face with the removal and tightening of excess skin.
Breast lift surgery is performed to restore breasts that have fallen to a more youthful position. It is often performed for women who are large breasted but have sagging breasts due to childbearing and aging. Breast lift augmentation can also be performed combining a breast lift and augmentation procedure at once to both increase the size of the breasts and restore them to a natural position.
Thigh lift surgery is performed to remove excess skin on the thighs. It is commonly desired in people who have lost weight and now have large amounts of extra skin.
Arm lift surgery is also commonly performed to remove excess skin that is now sagging after weight loss. Weight loss can reduce the size of a person’s arms and legs but it can do nothing about the skin that has stretched during weight gain. Surgical lift procedures can remove the excess skin and return the body to a more normal condition.
Brow lift surgery can also be called a mini face lift. It is a less invasive procedure than a full face lift to raise the eyebrows to a higher, more youthful level and will also eliminate some of the wrinkles and lines on the forehead.
How to Choose a Lift Augmentation Physician
Making the right choice for a cosmetic surgeon is one of the most important decisions made. A board certified plastic surgeon with a reputation for producing consistent, high quality results should be selected. He or she should be highly skilled and well experienced in performing the type of lift surgery that you are considering. The surgeon will also be able to fully explain the procedure, expected results and predicted recovery time. The cosmetic surgery clinic should be able to provide a number of before and after pictures from similar lift surgery procedures. Cost, though often a consideration, should not be the most important factor in choosing the right facility and surgeon as a cheaper cost will often result in a less than satisfactory outcome.