Cosmetic surgery is a unique discipline of medicine, which procedures, techniques, and principles are entirely focused on enhancing a person’s appearance.

People that choose cosmetic surgery have many different motivations. According to research, the most common reasons are a desire to improve their psychological well-being and overall quality of life, but also to protect their health, boost their confidence levels in a social setting, or look more “professional” at work.

Dr. Nina Bal knows this well. Over the years, she has seen for herself the positive effects of cosmetic treatments, not only in terms of aesthetics but also in confidence and self-esteem. This is why she is so passionate about sharing those benefits with her clients and continues to trial all the latest treatments personally so that she can reliably advise our patients at Facial Sculpting.

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Before diving into the different types of cosmetic surgery procedures and how to find the right doctor for your chosen procedure, let’s have a look at the most common misconceptions and beliefs about cosmetic surgery in general.

Cosmetic Surgery VS Plastic Surgery

It’s very common to think of cosmetic surgery as the same as plastic surgery, but the two disciplines are actually quite different. Confusion about the terms has led to public misconceptions about the two specialties.

Despite being closely related, both dealing with improving a patient’s body, the overarching philosophies behind the training, research, and ultimate goals of cosmetic and plastic surgery are quite different. Let’s dig deeper into the subject.

What is cosmetic surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is the “surgery of appearance”. It treats areas of the head, neck, and body that function properly, focusing on the aesthetics of beauty. Hence, cosmetic surgery is designated as elective.

What is plastic surgery?

Plastic surgery aims to correct dysfunctional areas of the face and body and is, by definition, reconstructive in nature.

What is the main difference between cosmetic and plastic surgery?

First and foremost, cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery have different goals when it comes to patient outcomes. The goal of cosmetic surgery is to improve a person’s appearance and, thus, his/her self-esteem and self-confidence. The goal of plastic surgery is to reconstruct normal function and appearance by repairing facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and disease.

Is facial sculpting considered cosmetic surgery?

Facial sculpting is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment designed to lift the face and create definition through the use of an injectable filler. In Dr. Nina’s words, ‘facial sculpting is a concept rather than a surgical procedure.’

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Other Common Cosmetic Surgery Misconceptions And Beliefs

From reality television shows to magazine covers and documentaries, the public has never been more aware of cosmetic surgery than today. After clarifying the most common misconception – cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are one and the same – let’s have a look at a few other common myths about cosmetic surgery.

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  1. Cosmetic procedures such as wrinkle treatments, microdermabrasion and liposuction are only for women. More and more men are seeking cosmetic surgery procedures according to members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS). Among Nona’s clients, up to one in five patients are male. That’s why she created a dedicated wrinkle treatment for men.
  2. The majority of men think personal appearance doesn’t really affect their ability to succeed professionally. According to the same survey, 83% of men believe that personal appearance plays a role in their professional success and advancement.
  3. Liposuction is an easy way to lose weight and also to remove cellulite. Prior to liposuction, you would commonly be asked to lose as much weight as possible, as the results will be better if you are healthy. With regards to cellulite, because it’s caused by tight bands of fibrous tissue, extracting the fat layer that resides just under the skin may actually worsen the dimpled look.
  4. Fat comes back after liposuction. Liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in targeted areas. Once the fat cells are removed they’re gone forever, as the body stops producing fat cells after birth. An alternative to liposuction is Body Sculpting, which consists in injecting a fat-dissolving solution (Aqualyx) into upper arms, stomach, thighs, and glutes to eliminate the fat. Both treatments work better in conjunction with healthy eating and regular exercise.
  5. Wrinkle treatments will freeze your facial muscles, leaving you expressionless. This is true when too much botulinum toxin is injected. However, if this muscular balance is maintained by only injecting small doses into specific muscles, the result is a natural softening of unwanted lines and wrinkles without compromising facial expressions. That’s why Dr. Nina’s philosophy is ‘less is more’ and she prefers to make subtle aesthetic tweaks to enhance a patient’s innate beauty for excellent, yet natural, results.
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Different Types Of Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

According to the latest report released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in 2018 there were almost 18 million cosmetic procedures performed in the United States, including invasive and non-invasive procedures. That’s an increase of almost a quarter-million from 2017, when the total number of cosmetic procedures was 17.4 million. According to ASPS, their findings demonstrate “a rise in new trends in body-shaping procedures, with a spike in non-invasive fat reduction, as well as surgeries such as breast augmentations and liposuction.” Breast augmentation remains the most popular surgery, while Botulinum Toxin remains the most popular non-invasive procedure.

Top 5 Cosmetic Surgical Procedures

  1. Breast Augmentation
    • Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure to increase breast size and enhance breast shape, typically through the placement of silicone or saline breast implants. 
  2. Liposuction
    • Liposuction surgery removes excess deposits of fat to sculpt an improved shape to a patient’s body.
  3. Rhinoplasty
    • Also known as nose reshaping surgery, rhinoplasty improves the shape, size, and symmetry of a person’s nose, bringing it into better proportion with the rest of the face.
  4. Eyelid Lift
    • An eyelid lift is a highly individualized procedure that can address sagging skin, smooth wrinkles, reduce puffiness, and correct other signs of aging around the upper and lower eyelids.
  5. Tummy Tuck
    • A tummy tuck tightens and reshapes the abdominal area, helping to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing, slimmer overall appearance.
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Top 5 Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedures

Minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are Dr. Nina’s specialty. She is most passionate about enhancing a patient’s innate beauty rather than changing her/his appearance completely. Here are 5 of the most popular minimally invasive treatments.

  1. Wrinkle Treatments With Botulinum Toxin Type A
    • Botulinum toxin type A is an injectable neurotoxin that works by blocking nerve impulses to the muscles, causing them to relax. As a result, your expressions soften and those wrinkles that form from facial movements we tend to make every day – like frowning, squinting, smiling etc. – are greatly reduced.
  2. Filler Treatments
    • Dermal fillers are gel-like substances (the most popular being Hyaluronic acid) that are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume, smooth lines, or enhance facial contours. There are many different types of filler treatments. The most popular one’s at Nina’s clinic are cheek and chin sculpting, hands rejuvenation, jawline fillers, under-eye fillers, and many more.
  3. Chemical Peels
    • A chemical peel is a skin resurfacing treatment that works by applying a chemical solution to the skin. This causes the damaged outer layers to peel away, revealing a more youthful and healthier-looking skin beneath. It is primarily used on the face, but it may also be used on the neck, chest, arms, hands, and legs.
  4. Laser Hair Removal
    • Laser hair removal results in permanent hair reduction on the face and body. The laser light damages growing hair follicles, inhibiting future growth, and should not damage the overlying skin with the appropriate technique.
  5. Microdermabrasion
    • Similar to a chemical peel, microdermabrasion is a procedure that helps renew the appearance of the skin by removing the top layer with a mildly abrasive tool. Unlike some other resurfacing treatments, microdermabrasion is safe for all skin types, carries very little risk for side effects, and requires no downtime.
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Facial sculpting with Dr. Nina is a minimally invasive procedure that will give you a rejuvenated look and feel to your face, without drastically changing your natural features.

For a comprehensive guide to all the different types of cosmetic surgery procedures offered by Dr. Nina, have a look at the page below and book a consultation appointment.

How To Choose The Right Cosmetic Surgeon

In case you are considering cosmetic surgery, it is crucial to first understand your options when it comes to choosing your procedure. Once you’ve analyzed the options and decided which procedure you are going to have, choosing the right provider is the next most important step. Your choice of cosmetic surgeon will be one you live with for years, if not your entire life, so you should give careful thought to choosing the right provider. Here we listed a few tips to help you choose the best cosmetic surgeon for your needs.

Check Their Credentials

While excellent credentials do not always guarantee a favorable outcome, they are the foundation of a successful partnership between your surgeon and you. Don’t hesitate to verify a physician’s medical license, certifications, professional society memberships and fellowship training (specialized training in specific procedures). And check whether any disciplinary actions have been taken against the surgeon.

Ask For A Referral

Personal recommendations are important. However, keep in mind that physicians specialize in different areas of cosmetic surgery, so most are not experts in every area. Ask friends for referrals if they have gotten a similar procedure. Get opinions from a trusted doctor, operating room nurses, or surgical technicians who have worked with a cosmetic surgeon.

Make Sure The Surgeon Is Board Certified 

After hearing different opinions from trusted people, you should always interview at least two or three surgeons whose specialties match your needs. First, you should confirm the surgeon’s experience in the specific procedures you want. Then, check whether he/she is board-certified by organizations such as the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS), which certifies surgeons exclusively in cosmetic surgery. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the other major society certifying plastic surgeons.“[It’s] quite amazing and astounding as we don’t have any regulations on who can call themselves what in the USA,” Rohrich said.

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Make Sure Your Procedure Is Performed In An Accredited Facility

This could be a hospital, a surgical center, or a private surgery next to your surgeon’s clinic offices. An accredited surgical facility must meet certain minimum standards to obtain and maintain its accreditation. Facilities may be accredited by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Healthcare or the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Pay Attention To How You Feel Around The Surgeon And Staff

If you can’t decide between a couple of potential surgeons, who seem to be equally qualified and offer similar prices, then use your instincts to make your final decision. Credentials are important, but once you’ve checked those make sure you feel 100% comfortable with the personal rapport between you and your cosmetic surgeon. You should feel at ease with the staff too and observe how the surgeon gets along with them. If the staff seems happy and praises him/her, then you’re likely in good hands.

Keep An Eye For Red Flags

If anything the surgeon does or says makes you uncomfortable, beware! Some potential red flags include:

  • A doctor who is impatient and rushes you to make a decision on your surgery and/or dismisses the risks of surgery and any possible complications.
  • Disrespect or refusal to answer questions.
  • Lack of before and after photos of previous patients.
  • A doctor who is willing to combine several major surgeries into one operation.

Don’t Pick The Lowest Bidder

Lower than average costs are often a reflection of an inexperienced surgeon or one who cuts corners, which isn’t usually in your best interests. It’s certainly best practice to shop around for pricing and get quotes from at least three different doctors, balancing that against the surgeon’s experience and good record.

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A Few Final Tips

Undergoing cosmetic surgery is a life-altering event that, if done correctly, can bring a lot of positive effects, not only in terms of aesthetics but also in confidence and self-esteem.

That’s why at Facial Sculpting we are with you from the very beginning of your journey. From initial consultation to thoroughly assess your face before any treatment is prescribed, to aftercare to repeat treatments, you can count on Dr. Nina’s expert care and comprehensive, honest advice.