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March 18, 2024

The Top Types of Plastic Surgery Procedures

Written by: Dr. Dahlia Rice. Posted in: Blog

Types of Plastic Surgery Procedures

The field of plastic surgery is constantly evolving, which means there are plenty of exciting opportunities for patients pursuing cosmetic surgery. But with so many options on the market, choosing the right cosmetic procedure can feel daunting.

Depending on your unique needs and goals, there are likely several different ways to achieve the results you’re looking for, whether that means improving your body image or enhancing your overall health and well-being. No matter which path you choose, working with a team of board certified plastic surgeons is the best way to ensure that you get the best results possible.

Today, we’ll be covering the most common types of plastic surgery procedures for breast procedures, body procedures, and face procedures, so you can feel confident about the choosing the right cosmetic surgery.

Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

The first and often most common plastic surgery procedures are cosmetic surgeries. These includes elective surgeries that may not offer any direct health benefits, but are instead used to achieve a patient’s aesthetic goals.

However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t benefits that come with a cosmetic surgical procedure. Plastic surgery has been shown to improve the mental health of patients suffering some poor self-esteem and even more extreme conditions like body dysmorphia. Some of the most popular and common cosmetic procedures include:


Liposuction isn’t just one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, it’s also one of the most minimally invasive. Unlike other types of weight loss or fat removal surgeries, liposuction works by inserting a small tube into the desired area and removing excess fat cells. In doing so, patients experience immediate weight loss.

Most importantly, liposuction can be used in several different parts of the body, including the belly, booty, and thighs. During the procedure, many surgeons reconstruct restructures in the area, creating a more ideal body shape based on each patient’s aesthetic goals.

Tummy Tuck

One of the many downsides of liposuction is that it solely focuses on fat removal and often leaves excess skin behind. During a tummy tuck procedure, plastic surgeons can remove this skin by cutting away excess areas and creating a slimmer, more trimmed appearance.

Since a tummy tuck is slightly more invasive than liposuction alone, patients can expect a longer recovery time and may need to avoid extreme exercise and other strenuous activities for at least a few weeks. Even so, combining a liposuction and tummy tuck together is one the most effective ways to reshape the body and boost confidence.

Breast Augmentation (Augmentation Mammoplasty)Different Types of Plastic Surgery Procedures

Generally, breast augmentation refers to getting breast implants, which enlarge the chest size and increase self confidence for those who have struggled with body image. Today, there are three different types of implants that a patient can choose from for their breast augmentation procedure, including:

  • Silicone Implants
  • Saline Implants
  • Gummy Bear Implants

Each type of implant offers a unique look for the person’s appearance, and working with an experienced surgeon is the best way to decide which implant is the best option for procedure.

Breast Lift

If you’re looking to reshape your breasts, but aren’t keen on undergoing a fully breast augmentation, a breast lift is a great alternative. Breast lifts are a type of soft tissue augmentation that use the body’s existing tissue to sculpt and reshape the breasts.

For example, a patient whose breasts have changed from breastfeeding can use a breast lift to readjust sagging nipples, improve the shape of the breasts, and restore their body to its pre-baby state.

Breast Reduction

Of course, not all women wish to increase their breast size. For many, large breasts can lead to extreme back pain and difficulty accomplishing normal activities. That’s why a reduction surgery can be a life changing expereince in these cases, allowing patients the chance to create the breast shape they want and removing excess weight from the body.

This not only improves the mental state of these patients, it also reduces their likelihood of experiencing more health problems later down the line.

Reconstructive Procedures

Although many patients turn to cosmetic surgery to achieve a new look, reconstructive surgery can also be used to repair areas of the body that have been impacted from traumatic accidents. In some cases, cosmetic procedures can also be used to fix the work of less experience plastic surgeons who may have created more issues for their patients.

While some cosmetic surgical procedures can also be considered reconstructive, like a breast lift or breast reduction, some of the more common reconstructive surgeries include:


A nose surgery, known by the medical term rhinoplasty, provides nose reshaping for patients who are suffering from health challenges due to their current nose structure. Often, surgeons will recommend nose reshaping to patients who experience chronic sinus issues, making it difficult for them to breathe normally.

More commonly, rhinoplasty is used to correct a crooked nose, either from a traumatic event or poor genetics. No matter the case, nose reconstruction comes with few serious side effects, making it one of the most popular facial reconstructive surgeries.

Facial Implants

When areas of the face have lost their shape for one reason or another, facial implants can be safely inserted to restore the shape and create a more youthful appearance. Chin implant and cheek implants are perhaps the most sought-after procedures, allowing patients to address issues like flat cheekbones and more.

Face Lift

Our body’s change with age, and the face is no exception. Frown lines, crow’s feet, and other types areas of damaged skin can be easily addressed using various types of face lift methodologies. These cosmetic procedures are minimally invasive and provide subtle, yet effective results for patients looking to restore their skin’s elasticity and eliminate excess skin from the face.

Other Procedures

Most people think of invasive surgeries with long recovery times when they think of getting a cosmetic procedure, but there are plenty of non-invasive or nonsurgical procedures as options for patients looking to achieve noticeable results without the risk of visible scars disrupting their normal activities.

Body ContouringPlastic Surgery Types of Procedures

Body contouring is a broad term for non surgical cosmetic procedures that shape, resculpt, and dissolve fat in the abdomen, lower body, and more, completely transforming a person’s appearance over the course of several sessions. Some contouring procedures include advanced technology like:

  • Ultrasound Waves
  • Cool Sculpting
  • Heat Sculpting

These procedures target stubborn pockets of fat beneath the skin, allowing a cosmetic surgeon with specialized training to reshape the body and create the look you’ve been dreaming of.

Laser Treatment

For treating fine lines, cellulite, and other topical cosmetic issues, laser treatments have proven to be extremely effective. These types of cosmetic procedures are often included in a facial rejuvenation package, when strives to improve complexion, eliminate wrinkles, and create a fresh, youthful glow.


What Are the Most Common Cosmetic Procedures?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has found that the most common cosmetic procedures include breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, and facial rejuvenation.

What Is the Riskiest Plastic Surgery Procedure?

While plastic surgery is generally very safe when done properly by a skilled and certified plastic surgeon, there can also be some risks. BBL procedures are considered the riskiest because they take place is the gluteal area, which is full of major blood vessels.

How Do I Choose The Right Cosmetic Surgery Procedures?

Before you consider pursuing plastic surgery, make sure that you consult with a surgeon whose been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Working with an experienced cosmetic surgeons is crucial to understanding your options and ensuring that you get the best results with as few side effects as possible.

During your consultation, a good plastic surgeon will review your health history, discuss possible complications, and determine if you’re a good candidate for the surgery you’re interested in. From there, they’ll work closely with you to craft a safe, effective treatment plan to bring your vision to life.

Consult with Dr. Dahlia Rice Today

Dr. Dahlia Rice and the team at DMR Aesthetics have been helping patients achieve incredible through results through innovative cosmetic plastic surgery procedures in the Chicago area. Located in a state-of-the-art facility, she strives to perform procedures with care, compassion, and a desire to help them feel and look like their best self.

To learn more about her cosmetic procedures and to schedule a risk-free consultation, contact her office today.


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