Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery can change a patient’s life, i.e. giving the patient more confidence in his or her daily life. Maxillofacial surgery is usually performed in the doctor’s office, much like a dentist’s practice, only with specialized surgical procedures. Maxillofacial Surgery is a very complex procedure.

Cosmetic surgery is an extremely broad field that may offer reconstructive surgery for a patient after a damaging burn or other physical trauma, yet can also be used to smooth out wrinkles or reshape a nose. In the not so distant past, cosmetic surgery was confined only to surgery which was absolutely necessary to the health and well-being of the patient — for instance, skin-grafting for serious burns, reconstructing a dislodged eye, repairing a broken nose or jaw or treating an unseemly birthmark across the face. Cosmetic surgery patients are assured privacy through HIPPA which in theory protects them from having their medical information including type of surgery revealed to anyone else without their permission. Of course, this law was not just for cosmetic surgery patients it extends to all health care patients.

Cosmetic surgery has come a long way, but there are still limits to what it can do. And most of all, take the time to really understand what you are wanting, because a surgical procedure is a permanent and life changing step. Cosmetic surgery is no longer the preserve of the rich and famous but is now accessible to everyone. This is largely due to safer techniques, reduced downtime with shorter scars, and greater awareness due to media exposure. Cosmetic surgery was first practiced to correct birth defects or deformities.