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Cosmetic Surgery Slideshow: Before and After Pictures

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Cosmetic Surgery: Before and After

Cosmetic surgery once may have been just for the rich and famous, but not anymore. Every year, more than a million Americans visit a surgeon hoping to get a flatter tummy, a larger bust, or a reshaped nose or chin. Learn about the most popular requests in the slides ahead and see the results Read More

Before and After Nose Job Surgery

Nose Job: Before and After

The nose job, or rhinoplasty, is one of the most common cosmetic procedures. A skilled doctor can reshape noses that seem too big or wide for the face, that have a bump on the bridge or that are crooked or off-center, either naturally or from injury. This is one surgery that is popular with Read More

Before and After Blepharoplasty

Eyelid Surgery: Before and After

Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, can help a variety of concerns, from droopy upper lids to bags beneath. Excess skin and fat are removed to create tighter, smoother eyelids. Fat may be transferred from one spot to another to reduce bags or puffiness. Healing takes about a Read More

Before and After Neck Lift Surgery

Neck Lift: Before and After

The late screenwriter Nora Ephron titled her memoir I Feel Bad About My Neck. If that hits a nerve, a neck lift may be the answer. Loose bands of tissue or "turkey wattle" are caused by weakened neck muscles. A surgeon can correct this problem by adjusting and removing muscles in the neck, and taking out fat. A neck lift is often done with a facelift. As with any surgery, there is a small chance of infection. Healing takes up to two weeks.

Before and After Face Lift Surgery

Facelift: Before and After

The facelift creates a smoother, more youthful face. Starting around the ear, a surgeon removes excess skin and works with deeper layers of skin and muscle to tighten the face. While rare, there’s a chance of infection and injury. Facelifts are no longer one of the Top 5 cosmetic Read More

Before and After Laser Resurfacing

Laser Skin Resurfacing: Before and After

Laser skin resurfacing uses beams of light to get rid of damaged skin cells. As the outer layers of skin are removed, fine lines and blemishes disappear. Laser resurfacing works well on sun-damaged skin and acne scars, as seen here but it is best used on lighter skin types. Depending on Read More

Before and After Hair Transplant

Hair Transplant: Before and After

Half of men and many women will lose some hair as they age. Typically, it remains thick on the side or back of the head. This allows a surgeon to transfer small amounts to the bald or thinning area, where it takes root. Today's hair transplants are nothing like the "doll plug" look of decades Read More

Before and After Arm Lift Surgery

Arm Lift: Before and After

Keeping the triceps toned is a challenge as we age, especially for women. When we lose the battle, the result may be "chicken wings" -- extra skin and fat dangling from the upper arms. Surgery known as brachioplasty can fix this. It tightens the under-portion of the arm between the armpit Read More

Before and After Liposuction

Liposuction: Before and After

Liposuction is one of the most common types of cosmetic surgery. Using suction, the surgeon removes small bulges of fat from the tummy, thighs, hips, or behind. The result is a smoother shape in the treated area. Liposuction works best for patients of average or slightly above-average Read More

Before and After Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck: Before and After

Unlike liposuction, a tummy tuck is major surgery. Also called abdominoplasty, the procedure removes fat and tightens muscles in the belly. The operation can take several hours and usually leaves a long scar. A tummy tuck is not recommended for people who are still planning to lose a Read More

Before and  After Breast Implants

Breast Implants: Before and After

Breast enlargement is one of the two most common forms of cosmetic surgery in women. (The other is liposuction.) For breast enhancement, the doctor makes a cut in the armpit, areola, or lower breast fold and puts in saline or silicone gel implants -- the patient chooses the size. The Read More

Before and After Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction: Before and After

It's common for women to seek larger breasts, but breast reduction is also popular. Fat, tissue, and skin are removed to achieve the desired size. This can relieve neck and back pain in women with large, heavy breasts. Problems that could happen include a change or loss of feeling in the Read More

Doctor Looking at Woman's Face

Choosing a Surgeon

If you decide to have cosmetic surgery, it's important to have realistic expectations and a surgeon you trust. Ask whether your doctor  is “board certified” in cosmetic surgery, which means he has extra training and testing. You also should ask for references of people who have had the Read More

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner, MD on March 26, 2015


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