Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic plastic surgery is performed in order to change one's appearance. For some, it may mean the redesign of the body's contour and shape, the elimination of wrinkles, or the elimination balding areas. Others may choose varicose vein treatment or breast augmentation.

There are a number of cosmetic surgery procedures that men and women can choose from in order to create an image that makes them feel more confident and comfortable with their appearance. Health insurance rarely covers the cost of cosmetic procedures. However, Kernan Hospital provides competitive rates to the growing number of individuals deciding to undergo cosmetic plastic surgery.

An estimated 1 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 1998 -- a 50 percent increase from the year before. And it is not just women who are opting to enhance their appearance through surgery. Statistics show that the number of men having liposuction -- the removal of fatty tissue -- has tripled since 1992. In addition, the number of men having facelifts has almost doubled.

What are the most common plastic surgery procedures?

The most common cosmetic procedures are listed here by their common or descriptive names. The medical term for the procedure is enclosed in parentheses.

  • Breast augmentation or enlargement (augmentation mammaplasty)
  • Chemical peel chin, cheek, or jaw reshaping (facial implants or soft tissue augmentation)
  • Dermabrasion eye lid lift (blepharoplasty)
  • Ear pinning (otoplasty)
  • Facelift (rhytidectomy)
  • Forehead lift hair replacement/transplantation liposuction (lipoplasty)
  • Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty)
  • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
  • Spider and varicose vein treatment (sclerotherapy)
  • Breast reduction (mastopexy or reduction mammoplasty)
  • Plumping / collagen or fat injections (facial rejuvenation)

For more information on the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute Plastic Surgery or to make an appointment, please call 410-328-2360.