By Dr. Jennifer Walden,
July 22, 2011
Surgeries Today

With so many different types of plastic surgeries offered for the face, body and skin, what are the most popular procedures? Here's a rundown of the top five.

Botox Injection: Botox injections have become a tried and true method for smoothing frown lines on the forehead and diminishing wrinkles around the eyes. Botox paralyzes the muscles and restricts movement, giving the skin a more refreshed appearance. It's a popular procedure because recovery time is minimal, if any, and it's affordable enough to have done on a regular basis, which must be done to maintain results.

Facelift: As we age, the skin on our face tends to sag, fold and wrinkle. When this happens, creases appear below the lower lids, fat may be become displaced and a loss of muscle tone often results in excess skin under the chin. During a facelift procedure, incisions are made at the hairline and behind the ears. Skin is then re-draped and fat re-sculpted until the desired result is achieved.

Eyelid Surgery: Also known as blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery is performed to improve under-eye bags, excess wrinkles, puffiness and give the area around the eye a more youthful appearance. During the procedure, incisions are made in areas that can be well-concealed, such as below the lower lash line and hidden inside the lower eyelid. After incision, excess skin is removed, muscles are tightened and fat is re-deposited.

Liposuction: No matter how fit a person is or how many tummy crunches and leg lifts they do, people often have trouble spots that just won't reduce. For stubborn areas such as the thighs, arms, hips, chin, back, to name a few, liposuction may be a good option. Liposuction is performed by making small incisions in the skin and then using a small cannula to dislodge or vacuum the fat until the desired results are achieved. Final results will be revealed when initial swelling subsides.

Breast Augmentation: Women seek breast augmentation for a variety of reasons, among the most common to increase volume and fullness after significant weight loss or pregnancy. Based on your body type, skin elasticity and desired breast size, your plastic surgeon will decide whether to use saline or silicone implants. In addition to breast implants, other common breast surgeries include breast lift, breast reconstruction and breast reduction.