Cosmetic surgery is done to change, restore, or enhance your appearance. Some common reasons cosmetic surgery is done is because you are unhappy with something about your appearance, such as a large nose, small breasts, wrinkles, or fat around your belly or hips. For some people, these types of things can affect their self-image and confidence. Cosmetic surgery is one way to address them. Candidates for cosmetic surgery procedures should be realistic about the goals they are trying to achieve through cosmetic surgery. The majority of people who undergo cosmetic surgery are in their early 30s. Some procedures can be performed successfully on children as young as 5 years old.
Cosmetic surgery is like any other medical procedure in that the healing time will vary according to the type of surgery being done. Recovery times are generally longer for major surgeries such as tummy tucks and facelifts. Patients may need assistance for the first couple of days following surgery before they’re able to do most things on their own, but at very, very low impact. A general rule-of-thumb for the recovery period and when you can get back to work is between five to 10 days.
If a surgery is done in an effort to improve the health of a person or the function of an organ, it is considered medically necessary. These can include surgeries such as rhinoplasty used to improve air flow through the nose, or eyelid surgery to improve the field of vision by lifting sagging, droopy eyelids. If a surgery is done with the main intent of improving the appearance of the patient, it is considered a cosmetic procedure. If you are unhappy about any aspect of your appearance, make an appointment with Dr. Rodriguez to see if there is a cosmetic procedure to help you look and feel your best.
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