Plastic surgery continues to grow more popular in the US every year. As techniques improve and patient safety increases, more people are getting cosmetic procedures. Over 18 million plastic surgery procedures are recorded in the US annually. Below are the four most common plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States

1. Liposuction

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat from areas of the body. It is one of the plastic surgery options that focus on body shape. Its main goal is to provide a slimmer silhouette.

There are many different types of liposuction. The most popular is tumescent liposuction. In this procedure, your surgeon infuses a saline solution in the area of interest to make unwanted fat cells easier to remove through a cannula (a hollow tube that suctions away pockets of fat).

Ultrasonic-assisted liposuction (UAL) is another popular liposuction procedure. It uses ultrasonic energy to melt the fat before a cannula drains the liquid out of the body. With UAL, there is minor post-surgery bruising.

Consulting with your surgeon will let you know which of these common plastic surgery procedures is best for you.

2. Breast Augmentation

Every year there are more than 300,000 breast augmentation procedures in the US. Apart from resizing, many do it to adjust or reconstruct their breasts. It is a popular option for women that have undergone mastectomy as well.

Your surgeon can place breast implants in one of two places — under or over the muscle. In this case, the term ‘muscle’ refers to the pectoralis major. ‘Over the muscle’ implants — or subglandular implants — usually have a shorter recovery time.

They also do not affect the strength or performance of the chest muscles. ‘Under the muscle’ implants — or submuscular implants — achieve a more natural-looking result but often require a slightly longer recovery period.

3. Blepharoplasty

Also known as eyelid surgery, this procedure is popular for cosmetic and vision-related reasons. For some patients, eyelid shape and droopiness can obstruct their vision, while wrinkles or natural eyelid shapes can leave their eyes puffy. Both types of patients can opt for blepharoplasty as a plastic surgery option.

Many choose blepharoplasty so that their eyes can look rejuvenated. The removal of loose skin and fat deposits around the eyes can create a more refreshed look. Blepharoplasty can involve the lower lids, the upper lids, or both.

4. Abdominoplasty

Also known as a tummy tuck, abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen. Tummy tuck surgery is beneficial for women who have excess skin after pregnancy. It is also popular among people that have experienced extreme weight loss with or without bariatric surgery.

These four procedures are the most popular plastic surgery options in the country. Such procedures have more recovery and after-care resources dedicated to them than others. Thus, your recovery experience will be smooth and less likely to feature complications.