The Most Common Types of Plastic Surgery and What You Need to Know


There are many plastic surgery procedures, from breast augmentations to nose jobs. But there’s a shift in popularity toward minimally invasive options that don’t require as much recovery time.

In 2017, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons projected that 17.5 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical treatments were performed in the United States alone. Rhinoplasty was the most popular.

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is an effective procedure to improve the appearance of sagging upper eyelids, under-eye bags or puffy eyes. The goal is to eliminate these signs of aging to look younger and refreshed.

When performed by an experienced facial plastic surgeon, blepharoplasty can achieve natural-looking results that enhance rather than change your appearance. During a consultation, our plastic surgeons Bellevue, will evaluate your eyelids and recommend a customized surgical approach to address your concerns for a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

For upper eyelids, the surgeon cuts along your eye’s natural crease or inside your eyelid to remove or redistribute excess skin, muscle and fat. Then, they close the cuts with tiny stitches.


A facelift is a surgical procedure to address signs of aging by tightening facial skin and repositioning underlying tissue. Facelifts may also address excess facial fat depending on the extent of the procedure.

A cosmetic surgeon’s exact facelift procedure depends on each patient’s anatomy and personal goals. Generally, facelifts are performed alongside other procedures like eyelid and brow lifts for the complete facial rejuvenation possible.

Tummy Tuck

Tummy tucks, also known as abdominoplasty, are popular cosmetic procedures that improve the look of your stomach. This procedure resculpts the abdominal area by excising excess skin and fat and tightening muscles.

This surgical procedure is ideal for people who have lost significant weight and want to remove excess skin or trim down flabby tissue on their abdomen. It can also help improve stretch marks.

Candidates for this surgical procedure must be healthy and have stable body weight. Patients who are overweight, obese, or have other conditions that affect their recovery, such as diabetes, heart disease, or poor circulation, should discuss this surgery with their doctor before undergoing it.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is an elective cosmetic surgical procedure that enlarges the size and shape of your breasts. It’s also used to correct sagging or drooping breasts.

During breast augmentation, your surgeon will incision your chest under the arm. They may choose to use a peri-areolar or trans-axillary incision.

They will then insert the implants into pockets above or below the chest muscles. You can choose to have either saline or silicone implants.

Breast Lift

Breast lifts are a surgical procedure that can reposition and reshape sagging breasts. Also known as mastopexy, this treatment can improve a woman’s appearance by restoring firmer, perkier breasts.

A breast lift eliminates extra skin and reshapes the tissue, making it firmer, more rounded, and proportionate. The surgery also reduces the size of the areola – a colored circle around your nipple – for a more youthful look.

The surgical incisions are placed along the natural contour of your breasts and usually don’t show. Bruising and swelling are common after a breast lift but tend to fade within a few weeks.


Rhinoplasty, sometimes known as nose surgery, is one of the most popular forms of plastic surgery. It can alter the nose’s size, shape, or proportions to cure respiratory issues, improve a congenital impairment, or improve facial harmony.

It can also make a nose that is too large, too tiny or has a deviated septum seem better. The surgeon can remove or add bone, cartilage, or skin.

The procedure can be performed in a hospital, office or surgical facility. Your doctor will numb your face and make incisions inside or outside your nose.

Facial Rejuvenation

Facial rejuvenation is a cosmetic therapy that tries to restore the face’s young look. This can be achieved through both surgical and nonsurgical options.

It can address various facial concerns, including wrinkles and skin laxity. These can be treated using a combination of injectables and lasers.

Some of the most common treatments include anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers and laser resurfacing. The type of treatments used can depend on the individual’s concerns and goals.