The Difference between Reconstructive and Cosmetic Procedures

blonde woman with pink makeupPeople are interested in plastic surgery for a variety of different reasons. Some aren’t happy with the shape of their nose or how their skin has aged whereas others may need to go under the knife for more medically necessary reasons. With the popularity of plastic surgery in full force, it’s important to understand where your procedure lies. For example, certain cosmetic procedures that aren’t always considered necessary, such as eyelid surgery, may be recommended to a patient for medical reasons.

Reconstructive Surgery

Reconstructive plastic surgery is most often performed on abnormal parts of the body caused by development issues, congenital defects, infections, or trauma. These surgeries are intended to improve functionality and better the life of the patient. For example, those who were severely injured at one point in their life may opt for scar revision to reduce the jarring appearance of the healed wound.

Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic plastic surgery is most often performed on those who want to reshape normal areas of the body in order to improve form and appearance based on personal preference. Many women opt for face lifts, Botox, or skin rejuvenation as their body begins to show signs of aging to achieve a younger appearance once again.

Dr. Hanna is one of leading specialists in plastic surgery in Raleigh, NC. If you’re interested in setting up an appointment, call Cary Plastic Surgery today at (919) 233-1933.

Plastic Surgery Recovery Tips

doctors performing plastic surgery on a patientWhen you go under the knife, whether it’s for cosmetic or corrective reasons, the thought of having a less than perfect recovery can be quite scary. Fortunately, there are a variety of things you can do to benefit the recovery phase and offer you peace of mind while your wait for your body to heal.

Have Patience

Everyone is different and though your friend may have had a speedy recovery from their procedure, your body may naturally require more time to heal. It’s also important to be realistic with your expectations once you’re finally to take the bandages off for the first time. As with all surgical wounds, and wounds in general, your body is going to bruise and swell. This may mean that you’ll be sporting a black and blue nose for a few days or that your face and neck will be puffier than usual. The initial bruised reveal may be a bit jarring, but don’t panic and you’ll see the true results of your procedure soon enough.

Plan Accordingly

Be sure to factor in your recovery time when scheduling your plastic surgery procedures. Recovery can range between a few days to a few weeks depending on what you have done, so be sure to keep your work, home, and social life in mind and make the proper arrangements to aid in your recovery process. If you want to look great for your upcoming cruise, you’ll want to avoid scheduling your CoolSculpting appointment too close to departure.

If you’re searching for a plastic surgeon in North Carolina, Dr. Hanna at Cary Plastic Surgery is board certified with 29 years over experience in the industry. Give us a call today at (919) 233-1933 to schedule an appointment.