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Plastic Surgeon Insights: Top Cosmetic Procedures for 2022

Dec 13, 2022 | Tips on Cosmetic Treatments


You're not alone if you believe cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery involve the same training.


Cosmetic procedures have helped millions of people all over the world regain their confidence and self-esteem. Both cosmetic surgeons and plastic surgeons can help you regain yourss, but there is a little difference.

In this article, we’ll discuss the differences between cosmetic surgeons and plastic surgeons and the top cosmetic procedures of 2022 that you might want to check out. 

What Are the Differences Between Cosmetic Surgeons and Plastic Surgeons?

The qualifications and training between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon differ.


First of all, plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons have different goals. 

Plastic surgeons aim to help patients with bodily defects caused by trauma, congenital defects, burns, and the like. They aim to restore the body’s function so their patients can go on with their daily lives. Plastic surgeons do this by studying and using a wide range of procedures.

On the other hand, cosmetic surgeons aim to help people who want to enhance how they look. They aim to make people more confident in themselves so they can be better at work, career, relationships, and more. Cosmetic surgeons do this by studying and using specific procedures and sub-specialties. 

Overview: Plastic Surgery vs. Cosmetic Surgery

While both cosmetic and plastic surgery training aims to improve a patient's body, the underlying concepts differ.


As the term suggests, cosmetic surgery is all about the patient’s appearance by improving their bodies’ or faces’ proportion, appeal, harmony, and symmetry. These improvements may be applied to the different parts of the face, neck, and body.

Cosmetic surgery training is considered elective since it treats areas that function normally. A wide range of medical professionals conduct cosmetic elective operations, including plastic surgeons.

On the other hand, plastic surgery is a medical specialty devoted to the rehabilitation of facial and body deformities caused by birth defects, burns, injuries, and illnesses.

Plastic surgery, by definition, is meant to address the body’s dysfunctional aspects, making it reconstructive.

The 10 Most Common Plastic Surgeries in the World

Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on restoring, reconstructing, or altering the human body.


  1. Rhinoplasty

To alter the shape and form of the nose, patients may undergo rhinoplasty. Also known as a nose job, this technique helps correct breathing, change the look of the nose for aesthetic goals, or both.

The nose’s upper section is composed of bone, while the lower section is made of cartilage.

The rhinoplasty procedure can alter bone, cartilage, skin, or all three. It’s always advisable to consult your surgeon about whether rhinoplasty can achieve your cosmetic goals.

While considering rhinoplasty, your surgeon will analyse your other facial characteristics, the skin on your nose, and what you wish to modify.

If you are a good candidate for the procedure, your surgeon will design a treatment plan just for you.

  1. Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is a type of surgery used to restore sagging eyelids, and it has become one of the most popular aesthetic procedures in recent years.

The surgeon also corrects sagging caused by ageing and injuries, as well as having a biologically low eyelid structure.

Because the eye area is made up of thin skin, it has a structure that displays signs of ageing the quickest.

Many applications, anti-ageing creams, and other products have been developed to treat these skin conditions. They have short-term effects and have an effect up to a certain point.

The eyelids undergo longer treatment and result in a much younger form with the aesthetic surgery developed.

  1. Face Lift

A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical treatment that aims to make patients look younger. This technique can also address sagging skin. Additionally, it can reduce jawline and cheek wrinkles, fine lines, and folds.

Moreover, a cosmetic surgeon will pull your face back during a facelift. Then, they might manipulate the tissues underneath and/or remove excess skin, producing a more youthful appearance.

Facelifts and neck lifts are often performed together to reduce sagging skin in the treatment areas.

  1. Neck Lift

A neck lift, medically known as platysmaplasty, is the removal of excess skin and fat to treat age-related wrinkling and creasing in this area and produce a smoother, slimmer profile.

A plastic surgeon uses neck lifts to help patients attain the look they desire. This surgery can also be paired with other facial reshaping operations to give you the youthful, beautiful appearance you desire.

  1. Brow and Forehead Lift

The brow and forehead lift lifts sagging brows and foreheads, improving droopy eyelids.


Some brow lifts also improve brow and forehead creases as well.

While practically all adults over 50 are candidates for upper eyelid surgery, they may or may not be candidates for brow and forehead lift surgery.

  1. Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

Reconstructive surgery is used to fix portions of your body that have been damaged by birth defects, disease-related deformities, or injuries. Some examples of reconstructive surgery are cleft lip and cleft palate surgery and reconstructive surgery for the breast.

These repair body parts after they’ve been damaged or put under extreme trauma.

  1. Breast Surgery

Scientifically called mastopexy, breast surgery aims to change the breasts’ size and/or shape. The surgeon does this by taking away excess skin, adding an implant, and/or reshaping the tissue to lift one’s breasts and make it firm.

Specifically, a breast augmentation enhances one’s breasts by making it bigger; often done by putting in silicone implants that also make the breasts feel firmer. In some cases, surgeons reconstruct the breasts during a breast augmentation to improve its shape. 

In contrast, a breast reduction (as the name suggests) decreases one breast size. Patients with naturally huge breasts often do this so they match their small frame or to reduce the strain their huge chest puts on their backs. 

The last kind of breast surgery is done for medical purposes, not cosmetic ones. Surgeons perform this to help patients survive breast cancer. In most cases, surgeons have to remove one or two whole breasts.

  1. Upper Limb Surgery

As the name implies, surgeons perform upper limb surgery on the upper limbs, including the shoulder and/or elbow. This type of surgery is usually done for functional purposes especially for patients suffering from upper limb anomalies, birth defects, and trauma.

Upper limb surgery is frequently performed by a group of surgeons using different surgical techniques. One set might include shoulder surgery, skin grafts, elbow surgery, and hand & wrist surgery.

  1. Tummy Tuck

Scientifically called abdominoplasty, surgeons perform this surgical procedure to change the shape and size of a patient’s tummy.

A stomach tuck involves removing extra skin and fat from the abdomen. Sutures are also used to tighten abdominal connective tissues (fascia). The leftover skin is then relocated for a more toned appearance.

A stomach tuck may be beneficial if you have excess fat or skin around your belly button or a weak lower abdominal wall. If you are looking to improve your body image, this procedure can help improve your self-esteem.

  1. Flap Surgery

Flap surgeries involve moving healthy, living tissue from one part of the body to another, frequently to areas that have lost skin, fat, muscle mobility, and/or bone support. Depending on the location of the flap and the components that need to be repaired, there are various different types of these surgical techniques that can be used.

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Dr. Julian De Silva is a renowned and highly skilled facial plastic surgeon based in Harley Street, London. With a reputation for excellence in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. De Silva is the founder of the Centre for Advanced Facial Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery. Specialising in procedures such as facelifts, rhinoplasty, and eyelid surgery, he is known for his meticulous attention to detail and commitment to achieving natural-looking results. 

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About the Author Dr Julian De Silva
Specialist Facelift & Facial Surgeon in London

Finding the most reputable facelift expert is never easy. Therefore, you should always research the best surgeons in your area and ask plenty of questions. Dr De Silva is a facial cosmetic and plastic surgeon, author, global educator, with a track record of doing procedures for top celebrities. He is based at world-renowned Harley Street in Central London and specialises in three main procedures: Facelift and Neck lifts, Blepharoplasty, and Rhinoplasty.

By specialising in only the face, you can rest assured knowing that you’re getting premier results. Dr De Silva achieves natural-looking results for his patients using the latest regenerative technology, so they can heal quickly and look their absolute best. No matter what your reason for wanting a cosmetic treatment is, Dr De Silva and his team are here to help. To find out more information about Dr Julian De Silva and his work, check out our website.

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