Plastic Surgery - The Ultimate Makeover

by | March 15, 2003 @ 02:00PM

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With its second season in full swing, ABC's popular television series Extreme Makeover documents the dramatic, life-altering transformations made possible through aesthetic plastic surgery. To date, applicants from throughout the country have rejuvenated their bodies, their appearance, and their outlook on life via Extreme Makeover. Aesthetic plastic surgery has played an integral role in accomplishing all of these Extreme Makeover success stories.

The popularity of aesthetic plastic surgery is nothing new. In fact, the medical specialty has been gaining steady popularity for decades – well before the advent of Extreme Makeover. For centuries, human beings have altered their appearance through various forms of cosmetic plastic surgery. Tracing its roots as far back as 600 B.C. when Egyptians practiced various forms of nasal surgery, cosmetic plastic surgery continues to grow in popularity and social acceptance.

Today, there is a popular misconception that the word "plastic" in plastic surgery means "artificial." Such an interpretation is misleading and incorrect. In fact, the word "plastic" is derived from the ancient Greek word "plastikos" which means "to mold or to give form." In its most simplistic form, cosmetic plastic surgery, also commonly referred to as "aesthetic cosmetic surgery" not only serves to restore and/or improve appearance, but it can also significantly impact functionality.

The term "plastic surgery" encompasses two separate categories, namely: "reconstructive plastic surgery" and "cosmetic plastic surgery." While "reconstructive plastic surgery" is performed on abnormal structures of the body resulting from trauma, infection, congenital defects, disease, tumors, etc., "cosmetic plastic surgery" is typically performed to repair or reshape otherwise normal structures of the body. Additionally, "reconstructive plastic surgery" is usually performed to improve function, and occasionally to approximate a normal appearance (i.e., breast reconstruction following radical mastectomy). Conversely, "cosmetic plastic surgery" is typically performed as a means of enhancing appearance. It should be noted that the television series Extreme Makeover focuses primarily on the cosmetic plastic surgery component.

In an effort to realize and expedite profound changes, Extreme Makeover participants may undergo a wide variety of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. Depending on which part or parts of the body require modification, plastic surgeons chose from a plethora of treatments and surgical procedures.

Facial related procedures range from complete facelifts to relative innocuous treatments such as Botox and collagen injections. Blepharoplasty or eyelid treatments are very popular ways of reducing wrinkles, bags and other unsightly conditions. For those Extreme Makeover participants desiring a more aesthetically pleasing nose, Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery is an effective means of delivering one's expectation. Forehead lifts, otoplasty (ear surgery), neck lifts, and a wide variety of other procedures are all designed and performed in an effort to assist patients in achieving an Extreme Makeover.

Breast related procedures such as breast augmentation and breasts lifts are frequently performed to acquire a more pleasing breast size or breast shape.

Liposuction of the abdomen, hips and thighs is another popular treatment for those Extreme Makeover participants who are looking to achieve a more sightly shape, size and contour. One of the most common of all cosmetic procedures, abdominal liposuction is a technique for recontouring the body by permanently removing fat deposits from the abdomen. The tendency to accumulate fat in the abdomen may be inherited, and this fat is often especially resistant to diet and exercise.

Many patients become discouraged at having lost unwanted pounds without seeing a flatter abdomen. The overall proportions of the body may be unbalanced, or the abdomen may simply have retained areas of fatty tissue that cause it to protrude. In these cases, liposuction can successfully trim excess fat in the abdomen for a flatter abdomen and more slender, balanced shape.

As with any surgical procedure, it is imperative that you research the procedure fully before embarking on your Extreme Makeover journey. To research a wide variety of plastic surgery procedures click here.

Extreme Makeover explores and documents the variety of possibilities on may achieve through plastic cosmetic surgery. Furthermore, Extreme Makeover presents new advancements in treatments, surgical techniques as well as plastic surgery related products. As plastic cosmetic surgery continues its evolution, Extreme Makeover is there is there to demonstrate, in simple easy to follow presentations, how and why surgical procedures performed today look more natural and require less recovery time than they did in previous years. With more and more people enjoying the tangible, life-long benefits of plastic surgery, one no longer has only to image what is possible. Extreme Makeover presents what can be achieved.

iEnhance empowers you with the ability to begin exploring the possibilities of your own Extreme Makeover. With a searchable directory containing over 1,200 plastic surgeons, dermatologists, cosmetic dentists, and other medical providers who specialize in cosmetic procedures, beginning your Extreme Makeover voyage is just a click away. Additionally, you can access one of the largest, most comprehensive before/after photo databases available online. Enjoy exploring the various ways through which you can accomplish your own Extreme Makeover. 

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