Plastic surgery has been around for a long time, but it is only in recent decades that cosmetic surgery has become popular or mainstream. The difference between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery is that while plastic surgery focuses on reconstructing facial or body defects caused by trauma, diseases or congenital deformities, cosmetic surgery focuses on enhancing one’s appearance. There are many types of cosmetic surgeries that are commonly known to the general public, with the most common one being breast augmentation both in Australia and worldwide. You can have surgery, or a procedure done on any part of your body these days. These are some of the less common procedures that you may not have heard of before.
Eyelid surgery may be familiar to you, but eyebrow transplants also exist. Eyebrow transplants aim to give fuller and thicker eyebrows. It’s similar to hair transplants where the donor’s hair is taken from elsewhere, such as the back or side of the head, then placed in the eyebrows where small incisions are made. It’s not just the individual hair taken but also the hair follicle, to ensure that it will be able to grow in the eyebrows, making it a permanent addition.
For those who don’t have dimples but desire to have them, it’s possible to obtain dimples through dimpleplasty. The procedure is fairly straightforward: after agreeing on the location, size, and depth of the dimples, the doctor will mark the location. You’ll then be given local anaesthesia- which means that only your cheeks will be numb and you won’t be unconscious during the procedure. A small incision will then be made on the inside of your cheeks, where a small amount of cheek fat and muscle will be removed. Finally, a dissolvable suture is used to pull one side of the cheek muscle to the other before being tied together. The dimple will be visible even without smiling after surgery but will eventually fade and only show when smiling.
Breast surgery in general is very popular and there are many different variations, but internal bra surgery is perhaps the most unusual. As the name suggests, this imitates the support of a bra, only it is placed inside the breast tissue. It uses a mesh that will act as a “hammock” for the breast and is then lifted by silk threads which are screwed to the ribcage with small anchors. This aims to provide internal support to the breast tissue and enhances the shape of the breasts.
For those who don’t like their current eye colour, iris transplants are also possible. The procedure for iris transplant starts with local anaesthesia to the eyes before a cut is made in the cornea. A folded silicone iris will then be inserted into the cut before it is unfolded and sutured into position to cover the natural iris. However, it’s very risky and is not approved in many countries such as the US, unless for medical reasons. The possible risks include cataracts (where the lens of the eye becomes cloudy, which blurs the vision), inflammation of the iris which could lead to blurred vision, injury to the cornea, reduced vision, or even loss of vision altogether. You’ll be better off using coloured contact lenses instead and although it’s temporary, at least there are far fewer consequences. You could even choose from many options, including unnatural ones like violet contact lenses.
While labiaplasty for women may be more known, men can also have a cosmetic procedure done. Scrotal rejuvenation aims to tighten the scrotum which will reduce the wrinkles, as well as remove blemishes and correct discolouration. A laser is used for this procedure and additionally, it can also reduce or remove the hair of the pubic area and the scrotum.
Vampire facelift is a type of facelift that uses blood, hence the name. The procedure doesn’t just use just any blood, but the blood of the one getting the facelift done. This procedure aims to make skin appear more youthful and healthier by reducing wrinkles, evening out the skin tone, brightening the skin and improving the texture. It’s another simple procedure, using only local anaesthesia. Blood will be drawn from your arm, where it will then be put in a centrifuge which separates the platelets from the rest of the blood. These platelets are then injected into the face along with a filler material. There are immediate results after the procedure, and the effects can last for a year.
The shape of your belly button is determined by your genes as well as by how the doctor cuts your umbilical cord. Some people may not like the appearance of their belly button or even its location, but this can be fixed by umbilicoplasty, or belly button surgery. This is a surgery that reshapes the belly button, where there are many different options which include removing the excess skin to shrink the navel, changing a protruding navel inward or vice-versa, changing the location of the belly button, or even fixing a scar left behind by a belly button piercing.
Corner lip lift, also known as grin lift, is a type of lip lift that aims to uplift the corner of the lips. This is for those with downturned lips, either naturally or due to age. The procedure is somewhat similar to a dimpleplasty. An incision is made in the corner of the lips where a piece of tissue is removed in the shape of a triangle or heart before the sides are stitched together. The results are immediate, which gives the face a more youthful and approachable look.
If there’s a part of your body that you feel insecure about, there’s a big chance that there’s already a procedure that can change it. These surgeries and procedures all have their possible risks, but some have more significant risks than others- such as iris transplants which can permanently blind you. With any procedure, after contemplating if the risks are worth it, it’s best to research not just the procedure or surgery itself but also where you should get the procedure done.