Cosmetic surgery refers to procedures that try to improve the
appearance of the patient.
Cosmetic surgery has never been more popular in the United States. Since 1992, the number of cosmetic surgery procedures has risen by more than 175 percent.
In the year 2000, there were more than 7 million cosmetic surgeries
performed in the United States.
The three most frequently requested cosmetic surgery procedures are liposuction, improvement of the eyes, and breast augmentation.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove unwanted fat from the
The doctor inserts a small tube called a “cannula” into the shin.
A vacuum-like machine sucks fat from the body through the tube.
Because it is so painful, people are usually given anesthesia for liposuction.
Women commonly get liposuction of the thighs, hip, and buttocks.
Men frequently request liposuction of the abdomen.
Anywhere there is fat on the body can receive liposuction, even the
back of the arms, cheeks, and the chin.