Top Procedures for 2014: Breast Augmentation, Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, and Facelift

It’s that time again. That’s right, it’s New Years resolution time. Many people take the opportunity at the beginning of the year to step back and evaluate their life and make goals. A popular goal many share deals with appearance. Whether you are trying to reinvent yourself or just want to look and feel more confident, cosmetic surgery may be just what you need. Take a minute and read through some of the procedures that we predict will be the most popular in 2014.

Breast Augmentation

Plastic surgery done to improve the bustline appearance is done so by inserting breast implants.  Placed into the breast mounds, they enhance shapeliness and add volume.  There are a number of reasons women choose breast surgery.

Increasing the size of breasts that are naturally small is common.  Others want to correct breasts that are disproportionate.  Repairing breasts after chest trauma or following a mastectomy is an option that has merit.

Research should be done if breast enhancement surgery is being considered.  Become familiar with the procedure, and look into consumer guides about breast implants.  Consult a plastic surgeon that is board-certified about candidacy.

An exam and a discussion of desired goals will take place.  It is important for the surgeon to be clear about what the individual wants the breast augmentation to achieve and look like.


Liposuction is a surprisingly simple concept.  It is a surgical procedure that is used to improve the body’s contour by the removal of excess fat deposits found between muscle and skin.  A small tube made of stainless steel, called a cannula, is attached to a pump having powerful suction.  The tube is inserted into the deposit of fat via a small incision to the skin.  The cannula creates small tunnels in the fatty layers as fat is removed.  The tunnels collapse after surgery.  An improved contour of the body results.

Liposuction candidates should have body contour, rather than extreme weight loss, as their goal.  Being within 20 pounds of ideal weight is advisable.  Liposuction is performed for emotional health and physical image.  It is not a recommended solution for those who are obese.

Tummy Tuck

Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen.  Usually, separated or weakened muscles are restored.  A firmer, smoother abdominal profile is created.

Striving for a well-toned, flat abdomen cannot always be accomplished through weight control or exercise.  Individuals with normal body proportions and weight can develop a protruding abdomen.  The area can also begin to sag or be loose.  Common causes include prior surgery, heredity, significant weight fluctuation, aging, or pregnancy.

Tummy tucks do not correct stretch marks.  They may be removed along with skin that is excised.  The procedure is not a substitution for weight loss.


Men and women who wish to achieve a facial appearance that is more youthful sometimes opt for a facelift.  Skin begins to sag and lose elasticity as people age.  Loose skin in the lower neck and face, jowls, hollow cheeks, and deep wrinkles may develop.  The face appears worn and tired.  When these issues are addressed, looking 10 to 20 years younger is possible.

There are several facelift variations available.  The degree of invasiveness differs.  The cost also varies.  The variations do possess some common elements.

Anesthesia of some sort is used to numb the area.  Patients are normally partially awake.  Incisions around the ears and along the hairline are made.  It is possible for the incisions to extend into the scalp.  Skin is lifted away from the face, underlying tissue is rearranged to a higher position, and excess skin is removed.  Liposuction may be used.  Skin is re-draped over the face, and sutures are used to close the incisions.

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