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Are you thinking about getting a little “nip and tuck” done to your face or to other body parts? Plastic surgery involves many choices, but the first choice is to find a surgeon you can trust. From that point, you can choose among typical procedures such as eyebrow lifts or liposuction, or you can find many other techniques such as the seventeen astonishing procedures listed below.
Granted, you may not need nor want some of these procedures done, and a board-certified surgeon may not want to touch a few of them; However, the possibility of how a person can change his or her physical appearance can boggle the mind. While some procedures can save lives, others are conducted to either enhance appearances or to fulfill a dream…
The seventeen astonishing plastic surgery procedures below are listed in alphabetical order for your convenience and to show that we do not favor one procedure over another.
- Acupuncture Facelift: While not a dramatic change, some women swear by using acupuncture as a way to rebuild collegan and to erase fine lines, reduce deeper lines, eliminate sagginess, lift droopy eyelids and clear or reduce age spots. This option is open to men as well.
- Barbie Dolls: This is not so much a procedure as a lifestyle made famous by Cindy Jackson. At age 33, after receiving an inheritance, Cindy went through more plastic surgeries than anyone in the world to look like her early-childhood Barbie Doll. Since then, at age 53, Cindy has gone from Barbie to Brigitte Bardot. Other women have followed in her former path.
- Belly-Button Surgery: You can change an “outie” to an “innie.” But, why be bothered with an “innie” or an “outie” when you can have nothing at all? Have the umbilicoplasty your way and enjoy viewing some re-sculpted results at this link.
- Boob Jab: Why get a breast implant when you can increase the fullness of your breasts by a full cup size with an injectable filler? This procedure is expensive, though, and lasts only from one year to eighteen months. But, this procedure may be a good way for a woman (or man) to learn if a larger breast size is suitable.
- Creative Cat: This transformation includes several procedures, including bifurcation (splitting) of the upper lip, surgical pointing of the ears, silicone cheek and forehead implants, tooth filing, tattoos, and facial piercing – to which whiskers can be attached. Only one person has had this life-altering transformation, and his name is CatMan, formerly known as Dennis Avner.
- Gummy Bear Implants: This was the only silicone gel breast implant that did not receive FDA re-approval in 2006. Already in wide use throughout the world, women (or men) can now get them in this country. If you want to know how they feel, buy a bag of gummy bears and roll them around in your fingers. Push them, and they won’t lose their shape.
- Hymenoplasty: Also called, “revirgination” or “hymen reconstruction,” this procedure repairs a woman’s hymen so she can be “like a virgin” again. According to the linked site, this surgery is perfect for women who value “religious, social, and even economic reasons.” We won’t question any one of those reasons…
- In-Home LASIK Surgery: No, the surgeon does not come to your home – you do the surgery yourself. LASIK@Home was founded in 2004 by Dr. Amir Khadim, M.D., Ph.D. A pioneer in the field of LASIK surgery. After you operate on your own eyes, then Dr. Khadim suggests you donate your old eyeglasses to your local school, Lions Club, or other charity.
- Leg Lengthening: This is a painful, complex and costly surgery that requires long recovery times. But, it now is performed on children to correct disproportional leg lengths and for people who claim Constitutional Short Stature and who are in the bottom fifth percentile of height in their region.
- Lizard Love: Erik Sprague had his teeth filed down to points and Teflon implanted on his forehead to create horned ridges above his eyes. He also had his tongue cut in two to resemble a snake and underwent 600 hours of tattoo work to cover his body with ‘scales.’
- Moebius Syndrome Help: This is a congenital disease where one symptom includes facial expressions that are limited or nonexistent. In some cases, surgeons have designed living devices, composed of muscle and tendon transplants combined with reinnervation procedures that have restored at least partial control of the facial musculature.
- Pointed Ears: You may want to emulate Dr. Spock from Star Trek, but the real promotion behind pointed ear surgery is to enhance music listening. This is a one-day elective surgery that involves local anesthesia, careful dissection of the structures at the upper pole of the earlobe and reshaping.
- Poland’s Syndrome Repair: This rare birth defect is characterized by an underdevelopment or absence of the chest muscle on one side of the body, webbing across the armpit, a shorter arm and sometimes webbing of the fingers, the breast on that side is also small and may even be completely absent. Plastic surgery can repair many of these problems with breast reconstruction and “web release.”
- Rib Removal: Want to achieve an ultra-small waistline? Try having a few ribs removed. PS – the ribs don’t grow back.
- Tissue Engineering: Unlike tissue expansion (see below), tissue engineering involves growing more tissue to help build ears, noses and other body parts that have been damaged or that never existed. This technique was named in 1987 and uses stem cells, a matrix (or scaffold for support), a bioreactor and cytokines to grow – for example – an ear for a child who was born without an ear. This process also is used to enhance wound healing.
- Tissue Expansion: In cases where the patient needs more skin for breast reconstruction, burn surgery and pediatric plastic surgery, tissue expansion has revolutionized the plastic surgery industry. Think about how the skin expands and grows with pregnancy and other growths…doctors place a balloon under the skin, gradually fills it with air and – in the process – can gain up to 50 percent more skin surface area to use in surgeries on that person. This process can provide skin with a near-perfect match in color and texture and that creates minimal donor site morbidity and scar reduction.
- Toe Shortening: Otherwise known as “aesthetic foot surgery,” this is an elective procedure that surgically straightens and shortens the length of the toes by removing portions of the bone. Don’t forget to get the doc to add ‘toe cleavage’ while he’s shortening those toes – this is the cleavage that shows at the top of a low shoe vamp, similar to breast cleavage. Financial guru Suze Orman states it is “the only cleavage that should be shown around an office.”