Cosmetic Surgery Overview

Cosmetic Surgery Overview

Reconstructive surgery is done as a medical procedure to improve function of a body part. Cosmetic surgery is on the other hand, an optional procedure that is performed on normal parts of the body. The purpose of cosmetic surgery is for improving a person’s appearance and/or to remove the signs of aging. Millions of cosmetic surgeries are performed in the United States and many more around the world. While becoming more common, there are still precautions to take as with any other form of surgery. Even though the number of cosmetic procedures performed in the United States has increased over fifty percent since the start of the century, there are still precautions to take.

Click the links below for a cosmetic surgery overview of the five most common forms of surgeries listed below:

Breast augmentation


Nasal surgery

Eyelid surgery


The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery looks at the statistics for thirty-four different cosmetic procedures. Nineteen of the procedures are considered to be surgical. Surgical procedures include rhinoplasty, also known more commonly as facelift. The nonsurgical procedures included in the list of cosmetic surgeries include Botox and laser hair removal. Surveys reveal that many of the cosmetic procedures performed are of a surgical nature.


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