A Brief Guide to Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. Carlos Chacon

July 7, 2022

A Brief Guide to Cosmetic Surgery

There are several important considerations to make before undergoing cosmetic surgery. Besides determining your overall health, you should consider the procedure’s cost and recovery time. Here is a brief guide for those who are considering undergoing cosmetic surgery. Listed below are some standard procedures and their costs:

Requirements for cosmetic surgery

The requirements for a surgeon to perform cosmetic surgery vary by board. The American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery requires a surgeon to have advanced training, fellowship training, and significant post-residency experience. To qualify, a doctor must have completed a full residency or equivalent program in a specialty related to cosmetic surgery, which involves significant case-based experience in facial surgery. This requires extensive documentation of all surgical procedures and includes examining patients’ before-and-after photos.

Before undergoing cosmetic surgery, you should be in good health. People with medical problems or a history of obesity may not be good candidates. Certain surgeons ask their patients to make specific lifestyle changes before performing surgery. For example, smokers may be required to stop smoking for two to four weeks before surgery. This allows the body to heal and avoid complications caused by secondhand smoke. Likewise, non-smokers should avoid secondhand smoke while recovering from surgery.

Common procedures

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures. Injections of silicone gel or fat can enhance the shape and size of the breasts. Women seek breast augmentation because of their small natural breasts or after pregnancy or breastfeeding. Another common reason for breast augmentation is age, asymmetry, or pregnancy. A breast lift restores the youthful contour of the breasts. This type of surgery is prevalent, especially among older women.

Other standard procedures include breast enlargement, rhinoplasty, and face lifts. In general, cosmetic surgery focuses on improving a person’s aesthetic appearance. Cosmetic surgeries can also correct deformities caused by trauma or tumor surgery. In addition, body surgeries, such as weight loss and facelifts, can improve one’s self-image. Aside from facial surgery, some people choose to undergo the procedure after mastectomy or to change their gender.


When considering the cost of cosmetic surgery, you should keep a few essential things in mind. First, you may be surprised to learn that your insurance company may not cover the cost of the procedure. Typically, you will be responsible for the surgeon’s fee and any additional surgical procedures. You will also have to pay deductibles, copays, or out-of-pocket maximums. Some procedures, such as facelifts, may be covered by a 0% interest plan, but many aren’t.

The cost of cosmetic surgery depends on the procedure performed and the surgeon’s expertise. The price varies widely between practices, procedure complexity, and location. Additionally, specific patient characteristics will affect the final cost. Therefore, comparing prices among different practitioners and medical facilities is essential. There is a wide range of prices for the same procedure, and the fees for each may differ. If you are considering a surgical procedure, make sure you research the costs of the procedure before choosing a surgeon.

Recovery time

Depending on the type of surgery, the amount of time required to recover from plastic surgery varies for patients. Depending on the type of procedure, the patient’s age, and general health, some patients experience faster recovery than others. Patients should ask their surgeon about the recovery time for the procedure they are considering and how long they can expect to be out of work following the procedure. Patients with demanding jobs may need to wait longer than average to return to normal activities.

The recovery period for cosmetic surgery is one of the essential parts of the procedure, as it influences the final results of the surgery. A board-certified plastic surgeon can provide individualized guidance about this critical aspect of the procedure and provide you with the necessary information to prepare. Breast augmentation, for example, uses breast implants to restore a youthful appearance and natural feel to the breasts. However, patients must carefully follow their surgeon’s post-operative instructions to avoid long-term complications.