Many of us have something about our appearance we would like to tweak. Perhaps you would like to look a little fresher or contour a stubborn “problem area”, if so cosmetic plastic surgery may provide you with a number of viable solutions to make you look and feel better. Utilizing surgical and nonsurgical procedures, cosmetic plastic surgery reshapes normal structures of the body in order to improve appearance and confidence.

Now more than ever people are electing to have plastic surgery procedures. In fact, last year alone the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported a 3 percent increase. “The demand for plastic surgery continues to grow as medical advancements are made and technology improves, resulting in a wider array of options for patients,” said ASPS President Scot Glasberg, MD. Some of the most popular minimally-invasive procedures include botox, soft tissue fillers, chemical peels, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion. While the top five surgical procedures include breast augmentation, nose reshaping, liposuction, eyelid surgery and facelifts.

Between 2000 and 2014 the number of tummy tuck procedures rose 87 percent, and while many of the procedures were, no doubt, for cosmetic reasons, there are several medical benefits to be gained after the procedure, such as (1) reduction of stress urinary incontinence; (2) improved abdominal tone and (3) better posture and ventral hernia correction, according to a blog from ASPS Member Surgeon, Dr. Jeremy White.

Whether you are considering surgery for aesthetics or other reasons, it’s imperative that you have a positive outlook as well as realistic expectations for cosmetic procedures. It’s also important you choose a surgeon who is qualified to perform your surgery. The best way to ensure this is to do your homework and find a surgeon who is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).


    • is an effective, comprehensive tool to research plastic surgery procedures. It provides answers to specific plastic surgery questions, such as: Am I a good candidate for plastic surgery? What does the procedure involve? What should I ask my doctor before surgery? What is recovery like? Could there be potential complications? What are the costs? How do I find a qualified surgeon I can trust? In addition, the website also provides hundreds of before/after photos of real patients as well as informative videos.
    • Ask your surgeon if he or she is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and look for the ASPS symbol to rest assured your plastic surgeon is board-certified, qualified and performs cosmetic procedures only in an accredited, safe facility.
    • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons empowers patients by providing trusted, expert information about plastic surgery and is a resource to find trustworthy physicians. Call (800) 504-2372 to find a doctor and schedule a consultation near you.

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