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What is Cosmetic Surgery and What are the Benefits?

What is Cosmetic Surgery

You may have heard of the word cosmetic surgery, but are familiar with what cosmetic surgery actually is? In medicine, there are a lot of words that seem similar and it is easy to be confused. Two words that are often used interchangeably by the general public are plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery. However, the two terms are actually quite different.  So what is the difference? 

Plastic Surgery: Plastic surgery involves a procedure that restores, repairs, or renews a part or parts of the body.  Plastic surgery can improve the appearance of a person as well as the function of the body.  

Cosmetic surgery: is a type of plastic surgery that focuses on improving the appearance or aesthetics 

Plastic surgery can be divided into 2 types:

  • Reconstructive plastic surgery: Reconstructive plastic surgery deals with surgical repair or restoration of an injured, lost, diseased, defective, or misshapen part of the body.  An example of this is skin grafting; taking skin from one part of the body and surgically placing it on another.
  • Cosmetic surgery: Cosmetic surgery is a type of plastic surgery that focuses on enhancing the appearance and includes surgical procedures and non-surgical procedures. 

Similarly, there is a difference between a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a surgeon certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. 

American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) 

The American Board of Plastic Surgery is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, while the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery is not. To be certified, surgeons require 6 years of residency training. This is important because being a board certified plastic surgeon means that your surgeon has undergone adequate training to proficiently perform your surgery. 

American Board of Cosmetic Surgery 

The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery requires surgeons to have  1 year of residency training.  According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, there are currently no residency programs in the United states devoted solely to cosmetic surgery. 

Learn  more about the two certifications  on PlasticSurgery.org

Most Common Cosmetic Surgeries

Over the years, cosmetic surgery has increased in popularity.  According to a Medical News Today article, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported that approximately 18 

million people underwent surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures in the United States in the year 2018.  This was almost a quarter-million more procedures compared to 2017.  That’s a pretty big increase!  An article in Verywell Health, discussed the most common cosmetic surgeries being performed include liposuction, breast augmentation, blepharoplasty, abdominoplasty, breast reduction, rhinoplasty,  rhytidectomy, breast lift, forehead lift, gynecomastia treatment.

  • Liposuction: is a procedure where fat is suctioned from an area or various areas of the body.  There are different ways liposuction can be performed. It is important to discuss with your surgeon the method he recommends as well as how much fat total he recommends removing. 
  • Breast augmentation: breast augmentation increases the size of women’s breast, often with the use of implants. 
  • Blepharoplasty: is a procedure where the eyelids are reshaped.
  • Abdominoplasty:  commonly known as a tummy tuck, abdominoplasty, removes excess skin from the abdomen and tightens the remaining skin that is present.  
  • Breast Reduction: treats women with breasts too large for their body size, or simply to aesthetically large.
  • Rhinoplasty: This treatment is commonly referred to as a nose job. A rhinoplasty helps reshape or reconstruct the nose.  A rhinoplasty surgery can sometimes also include a septoplasty, which reconstructs the septum.  The septum is the inner cartilage of the nose that separates the right and left chambers.
  • Rhytidectomy: This treatment is commonly referred to as a facelift. A facelift helps create a younger appearance. 
  • Breast Lift: This treatment is used in the presence of sagging breasts or concerns with breast shape or position.
  • Forehead Lift: A forehead lift corrects eyebrows that hang too low or “droop”.  This helps create a younger appearance. 
  • Gynecomastia Treatment:  This treatment is used to remove extra amounts of breast tissue in men.

What are the benefits

Each person can gain unique benefits from undergoing cosmetic surgery. With advancing technology and cosmetic surgery experience over the years, plastic surgery techniques have become safer while offering improved aesthetics. It is important to choose an experienced plastic surgeon that practices innovative and safe techniques.Three key benefits to undergoing cosmetic surgery include boosting self-esteem, looking younger, and self-improvement. 

  1. 1.Boosting self-esteem: Having positive self-esteem, is a powerful feature that may significantly impact a person’s life. Increased self-esteem may boost confidence and lead to personal and career advances.  Feeling good about yourself is a great feeling.  Appearance has a lot to do with self-esteem. The common saying “look good, feel good” is pretty accurate. Looking good based on a person’s own definition, can boost self-esteem and increase confidence in both men and women.   
  2. 2.. Looking younger: Looking younger is another benefit provided to a person who decides to undergo cosmetic surgery. Genetic, and life obstacles can speed  the already inevitable aging process.  Cosmetic surgery is a way to manage the aging process.  Some examples include facelifts, procedures that tighten and lift the skin and treat crepey skin.
  3. Self-improvement: There is often a feature or features of a person’s body that they  dislike.  Deciding to correct that specific body characteristic(s) is yet another benefit offered by cosmetic surgery.  Examples of this includes rhinoplasty for an enlarged nose.

Applebaum MD

When considering any kind of plastic surgery,  Dr. Robert Applebaum is the surgeon to talk to. Why? Well, lets take a look. 

Dr. Apple Baum is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Not only is Dr. Applebuam  certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery; he is also a member of the following:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Lost Angeles Plastic Surgery Society
  • Graduate Surgeons LAC/USC
  • American Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine
  • Los Angeles County Medical Association

He has over 25 years of experience in plastic surgery.  He practices at his office conveniently located in the center of Beverly Hills, California.  He is extensively trained in innovative surgical techniques and has greatly excelled in his field. Dr. Applebaum’s patient’s positive testimonies highlight his dedication to both his field of plastic surgery and to his patients. 

During your consultation, Dr. Applebaum will discuss different cosmetic surgery options available and answer your questions.  Applebaum MD provides a welcoming environment where you can comfortably ask any questions that you may have.

Dr. Applebaum conveniently performs his surgeries at his Four Thirty-Six Aesthetic Surgery Center, which is conveniently connected to his office. The team at Dr. Applebaum’s surgery center is skilled in his procedures, as only plastic surgery procedures are performed in the Four Thirty Six Aesthetic Surgery Center.  This is a huge advantage compared to a hospital operating room where various types of surgery are performed and may lead to increased risk of complications such as infections.  Review the  Applebaum MD photo gallery to set ideas of the different types of cosmetic surgeries available.  

Medically reviewed by Dr. Robert Applebaum

Dr. Robert Applebaum is a world renowned and highly respected Plastic Surgeon who is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In his nearly 30 years as a practicing physician, Dr. Applebaum has become known as an innovator in the field of laser technology techniques for plastic surgery procedures. He has published numerous articles and scientific papers about the use of laser technology and educates physicians worldwide on the applications of laser technology for plastic surgery. Dr. Applebaum primarily practices out of his private outpatient surgery center, Four Thirty Six Aesthetic Surgery Center, which is located in Beverly Hills.






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