Nowadays many people are choosing a full body makeover to improve their appearance.
Our modern culture places great emphasis on physical beauty. And this causes some people to suffer from severe low self esteem as they aren’t happy with the way they look.
So people of all ages are looking to undergo a body makeover in the hope of boosting their morale.
As is the case with any procedure, you should consult with a qualified plastic surgeon first. They’ll discuss what you want to achieve along with the pros and cons and the costs.
A full body makeover may also involve cosmetic dental procedures.
If you’re not happy with your teeth, you should see a qualified cosmetic dentist. They’ll explain the cosmetic dental procedures that are best suited for your teeth. They’ll also discuss the potential benefits, risks and costs of each procedure.
What’s involved in a full body makeover?
A full body makeover involves several cosmetic surgical procedures. They aren’t usually performed in one day. You’ll undergo most procedures on an outpatient basis and need only local anesthesia.
Some procedures may take 1 to 4 hours for completion. But the recovery phase for each procedure may take several months.
Usually, a body makeover includes several cosmetic procedures performed on the face:
- Brow lift.
- Rhinoplasty (this can also be non surgical rhinoplasty).
- Face lift.
- Resurfacing of the facial skin.
Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure on the eyelids. It reduces creases around the eyes and between the eyelids. It also reduces bags under the eyes, and extra skin.
You may also have a browlift in a body makeover. A browlift lifts drooping brows and reduces horizontal lines. It removes or tightens the muscles and tissues that cause the furrowing and drooping.
Some individuals undergo rhinoplasty during a body makeover. Rhinoplasty reshapes, increases or decreases the size of the nose. The procedure may also involve reducing the size of the nostrils.
Some people will undergo a face lift during a body makeover. This is most common in those aged over 40. A face lift (or rhytidectomy) creates a more youthful contour of the cheeks and neck by:
- Removing excess skin and fat.
- Tightening the underlying muscles and connective tissue.
- Pulling the remaining skin tight.
Resurfacing of the facial skin
People who undergo a full body makeover will usually have resurfacing of the facial skin. This reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. There are three different methods of carrying out skin resurfacing:
- Chemical peel.
All three methods involve the removal of the superficial layers of the facial skin. Each does this by different means though. Laser uses heat, while dermabrasion actually scrapes off the top layer of the skin. Finally, a chemical peel uses strong chemicals.
Other full body makeover procedures
As well as facial work, a full body makeover may also include:
- A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).
- Breast reduction or augmentation.
- Hair replacement surgery.
Liposuction removes fat from the body by sucking it out through a tube attached to a vacuum. The technique is more effective in people under the age of 50 because their skin is still resilient. The younger skin can maintain its shape over the area after you remove the fat. The most common areas for liposuction are:
- The abdomen.
- The thighs.
- The buttocks.
- The knees.
- The upper arms.
A tummy tuck (known as an abdominoplasty) requires overnight hospitalization and general anesthesia. It removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the abdominal muscles.
Breast reduction or augmentation
Breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty) reduces the size of the breasts. Breast augmentation uses breast implants. These increase the size and improve the shape of the breasts.
Hair replacement surgery
Some people may also opt to have hair replacement surgery as a part of their full makeover. Hair replacement surgery requires several sessions over several months. Hair replacement surgery is relatively safe. It needs only local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. If you’re interested in this procedure, you should see a physician who specializes in it. They’ll discuss with you the benefits, risks, time involved and costs.
Choosing a surgeon
If you’re planning to have a body makeover, make sure you choose a well qualified surgeon. Botched cosmetic surgery can be disfiguring and also devastating on an emotional level.
Make sure the American Board of Plastic Surgery certifies the surgeon you choose. They should also be affiliated with an accredited hospital or surgical facility. And they should have membership in the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Dentists and hair replacement surgeons should also have comparable credentials.