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5 Things To Know About Cosmetic Surgery

Many people have features they wish could be altered or enhanced. Cosmetic surgery offers patients many options to modify aspects of their appearance that cause them concern. It is a specific field of medicine that allows patients to revise certain physical features as they see fit. Hesitations regarding cosmetic surgery are generally due to a lack of knowledge surrounding the practice. If you are curious about cosmetic surgery and how it can help you feel your best and most confident, this article will address five essential questions about cosmetic surgery. We want to provide you with the necessary information to decide if cosmetic surgery is right for you.

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Cosmetic Surgery Can Correct
Your Aesthetic Insecurities

Have you always disliked the bump in your nose or wish you had a stronger jawline? Perhaps you are wanting to slow down the clock and reverse some signs of aging. Or maybe, you have stubborn areas of excess fat that you just can’t shed. If there are aspects of your appearance that you wish you could change, cosmetic surgery may be a viable option for you. Cosmetic surgery can revise specific features of your face and body, giving you the confidence to be your best self.


What Is The Difference Between Cosmetic Surgery And Plastic Surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is a specific medical practice that is used to enhance one’s physical appearance with surgical and medical procedures. Cosmetic surgery is done to improve aesthetic appeal on areas of the body that function well otherwise, while plastic surgery is done to reconstruct physical defects on the face or body. Plastic surgery may be required to correct debilitated body parts caused by birth disorders, burns, trauma, and disease. 

What Does Board-Certified Mean?

Having a board-certified plastic surgeon means they have gone through rigorous and extensive education within their field of medicine. This gives them the knowledge to provide medical services at an elevated standard. 

What Is The Recovery For Cosmetic Surgery Like? 

Within the first 24 hours of your procedure, you will be required to rest and follow specific instructions from your doctor. It is best to have someone stay with you, as you will likely require additional assistance.

During the first week following surgery, you may experience some pain, swelling, and bruising. Continue to follow your post-surgery care instructions and consider having someone assist you with day-to-day tasks.
Two weeks after your surgery, you will likely have a follow-up appointment with your doctor to evaluate your healing status and will possibly receive the go-ahead to return to normal activity. You will begin to feel better but it is important to continue to rest as much as possible and keep up with your aftercare practices. 

After three weeks you should notice your swelling and bruising lessening. While you may still be healing from your procedure, it is safe to return to normal activity levels. If you want to exercise or do any strenuous work, consult your doctor prior to doing so.
What Are The Most Common Cosmetic Surgery Procedures?

The primary cosmetic surgeries individuals receive are as follows:

  • Liposuction: Done to reshape the body and remove excess fat in areas that don’t respond to diet and exercise.
  • Breast Augmentation: Increases or restores breast size and shape.
  • Blepharoplasty: Also known as an eyelift. Rids the eyes of prominent bags and puffiness below the eye and excess skin above the eye. 
  • Abdominoplasty: Also known as a tummy tuck. Removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen. It is commonly sought to revise the effects of pregnancy.
  • Rhinoplasty: Also known as a nose job. Reshapes the nose to an ideal state.
  • Facelift: Used to minimize the signs of aging by tightening the skin to smooth creases, wrinkles, and sagging areas of the face and neck.

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What Is A Common Age To Receive Cosmetic Surgery?

The most common age varies depending on which procedure is being performed. Treatments that are meant to improve the appearance of an area, such as breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, liposuction, and dermabrasion are popular with younger patients. Treatments to reverse the signs of aging such as breast lift, facelift, and blepharoplasty are most often chosen by older patients.

Cosmetic Surgery Is A Personal Choice

Cosmetic surgery can provide you with the solutions you have been looking for to improve your physical appearance. No matter what your reason for wanting a procedure, if you feel that cosmetic surgery is an option you wish to explore, consider booking a consultation with Dr. Brian Peterson to learn more about treatment options that will best suit your needs. 

To book a consultation, call us at 250-868-9099 or fill out our online contact form.


Can my insurance cover cosmetic surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is an elective procedure, meaning you are receiving the treatment as a personal choice and it is not medically required. For this reason, cosmetic surgery is not generally covered by insurance plans. 

When is a good time to get a cosmetic procedure done?

If you wish to commit to a cosmetic procedure, your doctor may recommend booking it during the winter, as it is easier to follow your recovery plan than it may be in warmer months. 

How can I find a board-certified surgeon?

If you are seeking a board-certified surgeon within the Okanagan region, contact Dr. Pederson by filling out the contact form. Dr. Pederson is a trusted, board-certified surgeon with over 20 years of experience.


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