According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, doctors performed 17.7 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures in 2018 in the U.S. alone. Although many people view plastic surgery as strictly cosmetic, reconstructive procedures are also common, restoring function to specific parts of the body following medical conditions or traumatic injuries. Like any other surgical procedure, however, there are both benefits and side effects of plastic surgery.


1. Breast Augmentation

The surgery that increases breast size using implants or fat transfer is breast augmentation. Women who seek to increase the fullness of their breasts or create a better aesthetic balance between hip and breast contours choose this procedure. Experts also suggest augmentation surgery to restore breast volume following pregnancy or significant weight loss, and surgeons use implants for breast reconstruction following a mastectomy or injury to the breasts.

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