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by Caroline Moran


There are now so many cosmetic surgery options, it can be difficult to decide what you actually want. However, it is imperative you make the right choice. For many woman their first experience of cosmetic surgery will be their last. Not only is it taxing physically but emotionally as well. And then of course there's the cost. It's critical you have no regrets about the procedure you have. Here is a summary of the types of surgery available:


Nose (rhinoplasty)

Nose jobs are perhaps the most popular of all cosmetic surgery procedures. This is probably because of the dramatic effect it can have on a person's face and ultimately their confidence. The procedure involves an incision inside the nostril (to avoid external scarring) which enables the surgeon to remove unwanted cartilage or shape the nose in a more favourable way. Patients are usually required to remain in hospital overnight and bruising will remain for approximately two weeks. Although, you will notice a difference to your face immediately, it takes several months for the full effect to materialize.

Ear (otoplasty)

Otoplasty or ear surgery is usually performed to reposition prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears. Many techniques can be used by surgeons although the most common involves a small incision in the back of the ear. This allows for the removal of cartilage if you wanted your ears smaller or the realignment the if you just wanted them closer to your heads. The procedure lasts approximately 2 hours and an overnight stay isn't normally required. The patient will experienced moderate discomfort in the week after operation but there is considerably less swelling than most other types of surgery.

Eyes (blepharoplasty)

As we get older, our eyelids are prone to develop excess fat and loose their tightness. This can create an unattractive puffyness or sagging effect. This can be addressed through the surgical procedure called blepharoplasty. The surgery is performed through an incision in the upper or lower eyelid which enables the removal of excess skin and fat. A general anesthetic can be used be usually a local will suffice. An overnight stay in hospital is rarely required. Initial bruising and swelling will subside after a week and stitches will be removed shortly after.

Facelift

A facelift is probably cosmetic surgery's best weapon against the relentless signs of aging. If done correctly, it can take years of a patients face. The procedure begins with incision around the ears, neck and hairline. The skin is then pulled upward to a desired point and the the excess skin is removed. This is a major operation and should not be approached without due thought. The patient will experience severe bruising and discomfort for at least two weeks even after the clips and stitches are removed. It may take up to six months until you see the full effects of the procedure.

Wrinkles

Wrinkles can obviously be addressed through a face life but there are other less drastic options. There are many fillers that can be injected into the face to temporality fill out wrinkles such as collegen and Dermalive. The procedure takes less than an hour and is applied through a syringe. A general anesthetic is not required. The beauty of these treatments is that there are very few side effects. You can have it done in the morning and go back to work in the afternoon. On the negative side, the effects of these procedures will only last approximately six months.

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