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Plastic Surgery Procedures at a Glance

This page offers a general overview of cosmetic surgery procedures. For more in-depth information, please click the name of each procedure.

While this section explores cosmetic surgical offerings, many of these procedures may also fulfill true medical needs. You should understand that the circumstances and experience of every individual will be unique.

In addition, please note that all surgery carries some uncertainty and risk, including the possibility of infection, bleeding, blood clots, and adverse reactions to the anesthesia. You can reduce your risks by choosing a qualified board certified plastic surgeon and closely following his or her advice, both before and after surgery.

BROW LIFT (Temple Lift)
Procedure: Minimize drooping eyebrows, hooding over eyes, frown lines by removing excess tissue, altering muscles and tightening the skin. Most often done on people over 40.
Length: 1 to 2 hours.
Anesthesia: Local with sedation, or general.
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient.
Side Effects: Temporary swelling, numbness, headaches, bruising. Possible itching and hair loss.
Risks: Injury to facial nerve, causing loss of motion, muscle weakness, or asymmetrical look. Infection. Broad or excessive scarring.
Recovery: Back to work: 7 to 10 days. More strenuous activity: several weeks. Full recovery from bruising: 2 to 3 weeks. Limit sun exposure for several months.
Results: Usually 5 to 10 years.
CHIN IMPLANT
Procedure: Change the basic shape and balance of the face using carefully shaped implants to build up a receding chin or to add prominence to cheekbones.
Length: 1 hour
Anesthesia: Local anesthesia or general anesthesia if combined with Rhinoplasty or other facial procedures. 
In/Outpatient: Outpatient
Side Effects: Compromised mouth motion, jaw pain.
Risks: Shifting or imprecise positioning of implant, or infection around it, requiring a second operation or removal.
Recovery: Back to work: 2-5 days depending on swelling.
Results: Permanent
EYELID SURGERY LOWER (Lower Blepharoplasty)
Procedure: Correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes by removing excess fat, skin, and muscle.
Length: 1 to 3 hours.
Anesthesia: Usually locally with sedation or general anesthesia if combined with other procedures. 
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient.
Side Effects: Temporary discomfort, tightness of lids, swelling, bruising. Temporary dryness, burning, itching of eyes. Excessive tearing, sensitivity to light for the first few weeks.
Risks: Temporary blurred or double vision. Infection, bleeding. Swelling at the corners of the eyelids. Dry eyes. Slight asymmetry in healing or scarring. Difficulty in closing eyes completely (rarely permanent). Pulling down of the lower lids (may require further surgery). Blindness (extremely rare).
Recovery: Reading: 2 or 3 days. Back to work: 7 to 10 days. Contact lenses: two weeks or more. Strenuous activities: about 3 weeks. Bruising and swelling: several weeks.
Results: Several years. Sometimes permanent.
EYELID SURGERY UPPER (Upper Blepharoplasty)
Procedure: Correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes by removing excess fat, skin, and muscle.
Length: 1 hour
Anesthesia: Local anesthesia or general anesthesia if combined with other procedures. 
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient.
Side Effects: Temporary discomfort, tightness of lids, swelling, bruising. Temporary dryness, burning, itching of eyes. Excessive tearing, sensitivity to light for the first few weeks.
Risks: Temporary blurred or double vision. Infection, bleeding. Swelling at the corners of the eyelids. Dry eyes. Slight asymmetry in healing or scarring. Difficulty in closing eyes completely (rarely permanent). Pulling down of the lower lids (may require further surgery). Blindness (extremely rare).
Recovery: Reading: 2 or 3 days. Back to work: 7 to 10 days. Contact lenses: two weeks or more. Strenuous activities: about 3 weeks. Bruising and swelling: several weeks.
Results: Several years. Sometimes permanent.
FACE LIFT (Rhytidectomy)
Procedure: Improving sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles, redraping skin. Most often done on men and women over 40.
Length: 2-4 hours
Anesthesia: Local with sedation, or general.
In/Outpatient: For younger patients with great health mostly outpatient, for others may reuquire 1-2 nights nursing care or overnight stay.
Side Effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of skin; tight feeling, dry skin.
Risks: Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles or feeling (usually temporary but may be permanent). Infection, bleeding. Poor healing; excessive scarring. Asymmetry or change in hairline.
Recovery: Back to work: 2 to 3 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4 weeks or more. Bruising: 2 to 4 weeks. Must limit exposure to sun for several months.
Results: Usually 5 to 10 years.
FACIAL REJUVENATION
Procedure: Improving sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles, redraping skin. Can also be the addition of volume in the face where volume has been lost.  Most often done on men and women over 40.
Length: 2-3 hours
Anesthesia: General anesthesia.
In/Outpatient: May require overnight nurse.
Side Effects: Asymetric swelling, compromised mouth motion, compromised brow motion, stitch abscess, blood in the eye, numbness.
Risks:  Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles or feeling (usually temporary). Infection, bleeding, excessive scarring. Asymmetry or change in the hairline. 
Recovery: Back to work: 2 to 3 weeks. More strenuous activity 4 weeks or more. Bruising 2-4 weeks. Limit sun exposure for several months. 
Results: Usually 5-10 years, can be more or less depending on lifestyle. 
FAT TRANSFER
Procedure: Adds volume to face where volume has been lost. Creates a more youthful appearance and improves skin quality and texture. 
Length: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Anesthesia: Local anesthesia
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient surgery.
Side Effects: Prolonged swelling and bruising
Risks: Asymmetry
Recovery: 2 – 5 days
Results: Permanent 
LIP AUGMENTATION
Procedure: Adds volume 
Length: 15 minutes
Anesthesia: Local anesthesia
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient surgery.
Side Effects: Lumps on injection site, prolonged swelling, numbness.
Risks: Asymmetry 
Recovery: 1 day
Results: Varies 
NECK LIFT
Procedure: Improves loose neck skin and/or excess heaviness by removing fat, tightening the muscles, and redraping the skin.  
Length: 1.5 – 2 hours
Anesthesia: Local or general anesthesia
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient if not combined with other procedures
Side Effects: Numbness, discomfort, bruising
Risks: Infection, bleeding, poor wound healing, excessive scarring
Recovery: 5 – 7 days
Results:  Usually 5 to 10 years
NOSE SURGERY (Rhinoplasty)
Procedure: Reshape nose by reducing or increasing size, removing hump, changing shape of tip or bridge, narrowing span of nostrils, or changing angle between nose and upper lip. May also relieve some breathing problems. (May be covered by insurance)
Length: 1 to 2 hours or more
Anesthesia: General anesthesia 
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient
Side Effects: Temporary swelling, bruising around eyes, nose and headaches. Some bleeding and stiffness
Risks: Infection. Small burst blood vessels resulting in tiny, permanent red spots. Incomplete improvement, requiring additional surgery
Recovery: Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks. More strenuous activities: 2 to 3 weeks. Avoid hitting the nose or sun exposure: 8 weeks. Final appearance: 1 year or more
Results: Permanent
ARM LIFT
Procedure: Improves loose sagging skin and excess volume in the upper under arm area.
Length: 2.5 hours
Anesthesia: General anesthesia
In/Outpatient: Outpatient
Side Effects: Discomfort, swelling, bruising
Risks: Infection, bleeding, poor wound healing (scarring)
Recovery: 2 – 3 weeks
Results: Permanent 
GYNECOMASTIA
Procedure: Reduce enlarged, female-like breast in men using liposuction and/or cutting out excess glandular tissue and skin.
Length: 1-3 hours
Anesthesia: General or local with sedation
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient
Side Effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, burning sensation
Risks: Infection. Fluid accumulation. Injury to the skin. Rippling or bagginess of skin. Asymmetry. Pigmentation changes (may become permanent if exposed to sun). Excessive scarring if tissue was cut away. Need for second procedure to remove additional tissue.
Recovery: Back to work: 3 to 7 days. More strenuous activity: 2 to 4 weeks. Swelling and bruising: 3 to 6 months.
Results: Permanent
LIPOSUCTION (Suction-Assisted Lipectomy)
Procedure: Improves body shape by removing exercise-resistant fat deposits with a tube and vacuum device. Can be performed using the tumescent technique, in which targeted fat cells are infused with saline containing solution with a local anesthetic before liposuction to reduce post-operative bruising and swelling. Common locations for liposuction include: abdomen, flanks, lateral and medial thighs, medial knees, under the chin area, auxila, breast roll.
Length: 1 to 3 hours
Anesthesia: Local with sedation, or general
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient. Extensive procedures may require short inpatient stay
Side Effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, burning sensation. Tumescent: Temporary fluid drainage from incision sites. UAL: Larger incisions for cannula
Risks: Asymmetry. Rippling or bagginess of skin. Pigmentation changes. Skin injury. Fluid retention. Excessive fluid loss leading to shock. Infection. UAL: thermal burn injury caused by the heat from the ultrasound device
Recovery: Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks. More strenuous activity: 2 to 4 weeks. Full recovery from swelling and bruising: 1 to 6 months or more. Use of tumescent technique or UAL may decrease post-operative bruising and swelling
Results: Permanent, with sensible diet and exercise
MOMMY MAKE OVER
Procedure: Combination of a breast procedure and tummy tuck. Breasts are reshaped and raised by removing excess skin and repositioning remaining breast tissue and nipples. Breast implant may be used as well. Abdomen is flattened by removing excess fat and tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. Belly button is recreated and repositioned. Often times additional liposuction is performed to remove excess fat in the flanks/hips. 
Length: 4-6 hours
Anesthesia: General anesthesia
In/Outpatient: Usually requires 1-2 night stay with a nurse or at a recovery center
Side Effects: Stitch abcess, swelling, bruising, discomfort, bloating, constipation, back pain
Risks: Tummy Tuck: Blood clots, infection, bleeding under the skin flap, poor wound healing resulting in skin loss or excessive scarring. Need for a second surgery. Breast Lift: thick, wide scars; skin loss, infection, unevenly positioned nipples, permanent loss of feeling in nipples or breasts
Recovery: 2-4 weeks with full recovery in 6 months. Fading and flattening of the scars: 3 months to 2 years
Results: Permanent
TUMMY TUCK (Abdominoplasty)
Procedure: Flatten abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles of abdominal wall.
Length: 2 to 5 hours
Anesthesia: General, or local with sedation
In/Outpatient: Either depending on individual circumstances and extent of surgery
Side Effects: Temporary pain. Swelling, soreness, numbness of abdominal skin, bruising, tiredness for several weeks or months
Risks: Blood clots. Infection. Bleeding under the skin flap. Poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss. Need for a second operation.
Recovery: Back to work: 2 to 4 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4 to 6 weeks or more. Fading and flattening of scars: 3 months to 2 years
BREAST AUGMENTATION (Augmentation Mammaplasty)
Procedure: Enhance the size of breasts using inflatable implants filled with saline or gel filled silicone implants.
Length: 1 to 2 hours
Anesthesia: General or local with sedation
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient
Side Effects: Temporary soreness, swelling, change in nipple sensation, bruising. Breast sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks
Risks: Lack of implant permanence — surgical removal or replacement of the implants may be required to treat problems, including: deflation; the formation of scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture), which may cause the breast to feel tight or hard; bleeding or infection. Increase or decrease in sensitivity of nipples or breast skin, occasionally permanent.
Recovery: Back to work: 3 to 5 days. Fading of scars: several months to a year or more
Results: Variable. Implants may require removal or replacement.
BREAST LIFT (Mastopexy)
Procedure: Raise and reshape sagging breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning remaining tissue and nipples.
Length: 2 to 4 hours
Anesthesia: Local with sedation, or general
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient. Sometimes inpatient
Side Effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, discomfort, numbness, dry breast skin. Permanent scars
Risks: Thick, wide scars; skin loss; infection. Unevenly positioned nipples. Permanent loss of feeling in nipples or breast
Recovery: Back to work: 1 week or more. Strenuous activities: 1 month. Fading of scars: several months to a year
Results: Variable; gravity, pregnancy, aging, and weight changes may cause new sagging. Results may last longer or be enhanced when breast implants are inserted as part of the procedure
BREAST REDUCTION FEMALE
Procedure: Removal of excess volume and heaviness in the breasts. 
Length: 2 – 3 hours
Anesthesia: General anesthesia
In/Outpatient: Outpatient 
Side Effects: Swelling, bruising, discomfort, stitch abscess
Risks:  
Recovery: 1-2 weeks with full results in 6 months
Results: Permanent  
BOTOX
Procedure: Impairs muscle movement which improves the appearance of lines in the forehead, between the eyebrows (glabella), and around the outer eyes (crow’s feet).  
Length: 15 minutes
Anesthesia: No anesthesia needed, done in office
In/Outpatient: Outpatient 
Side Effects: Compromised brow motion, brow drooping, headache, minor swelling or bruising, flu-like symptoms, allergic reaction 
Risks: No improvement after treatment
Recovery: 1 hour
Results: 3-4 months, must be repeated to maintain results 
CHEMICAL PEEL (TCA)
Procedure: Restore wrinkled, blemished, unevenly pigmented, or sun-damaged facial skin, using a chemical solution to peel away skin’s top layers. Works best on fair, thin skin with superficial wrinkles.
Length: 1 to 2 hours for full face
Anesthesia: Local with or without sedation
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient
Side Effects: Temporary throbbing, tingling, swelling, redness; acute sensitivity to sun
Risks: Tiny whiteheads (temporary); infection; scarring; flare-up of skin allergies, fever blisters, cold sores.
Recovery: Formation of new skin: 5 to 10 days. Normal activities: 2 to 4 weeks. Full healing and fading of redness: 3 to 6 months.
Results: TCA: variable (temporary)
DERMABRASION
Procedure: Mechanical scraping of the top layers of skin using a high-speed rotary wheel. Softens sharp edges of surface irregularities, including acne and other scars and fine wrinkles, especially around the mouth.
Length: A few minutes to 1 hour. May require more than 1 session
Anesthesia: Local, numbing spray, or general
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient
Side Effects: Temporary tingling, burning, itching, swelling, redness. Lightening of treated skin. Acute sensitivity to sun; loss of ability to make pigment (tan)
Risks: Abnormal color changes (permanent). Tiny whiteheads (temporary); infection; scarring; flare-up of skin allergies, fever blisters, cold sores.
Recovery: Back to work: 2 weeks. More strenuous activities: 4 to 6 weeks. Fading of redness: about 3 months. Return of pigmentation/sun exposure: 6 to 12 months
Results: Permanent, although new wrinkles may form as skin ages
EAR SURGERY (Otoplasy)
Procedure: Set prominent ears back closer to the head, or reduce the size of large ears. Performed on adults or children between the ages of 4 and 14 years
Length: 2 to 3 hours
Anesthesia: Young children: usually general. Older children or adults: general or local with sedation
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient
Side Effects: Temporary throbbing, aching, swelling, redness, numbness
Risks: Infection of cartilage. Excessive scarring. Blood clot that may need to be drained. Mismatched or artificial- looking ears. Recurrence of the protrusion, requiring repeat surgery
Recovery: Back to work or school: 5 to 7 days
Strenuous activity, contact sports: 1 to 2 months
Results: Usually permanent
SCAR REVISION
Procedure: Improves unfavorable scarring due to previous surgery or trauma.
Length: Depends on scar type
Anesthesia: Local or general anesthesia depending on scar type and size
In/Outpatient: Outpatient 
Side Effects: Depends on scar type
Risks: No improvement, Keloid 
Results: Depends on scar type
SOFT TISSUE FILLERS
Procedure: Plump up creased, furrowed, or sunken facial skin; add fullness to lips and backs of hands. Works best on thin, dry, light-colored skin.
Length: 15 minutes to 1 hour per session
Anesthesia: Local may be included with the injection. Fat: local
In/Outpatient: Outpatient
Side Effects: Temporary stinging, throbbing, or burning sensation. Faint redness, swelling, excess fullness
Risks: Contour irregularities
Results: Variable; a few months to 1 year

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