The five most common plastic surgery procedures

Some plastic surgery procedures are more common than others. In this article, we are going to take a look at 5 of a larger set of the most common plastic surgery choices.


This procedure suctions fat from a given area of the body to offer a slimmer and ‘shapelier’ silhouette. There are two types of methods. Tumescent liposuction, which is the more popular of the two, is a solution of saline drug used to constrict blood vessels and a numbing agent, that is infused into the area wanting the treatment. This liquid, and fat, is suctioned out of the body by the use of small hollow metal instruments called cannulas. An infusion of liquid can cause short-term fluid retention that would diminish over a few days.

We also have Ultrasonic-assisted liposuction, where the cannula releases ultrasonic energy to melt fat so that it can be suctioned out of the body. It is worth noting that this form of liposuction has more risks, including internal and external burns. It is also potentially a lengthier surgery to have. A patient will normally be able to return to work after a few days, although it will depend on what area of the body was treated.

Breast Augmentation

A very popular cosmetic procedure, with some patients wanting to have breasts enlarged and others, made smaller. Some want to make them equal in size or to replace one that is absent.

After this surgery, the average patient will have one or two weeks to recover before they can return to their usual activities, with higher impact activities such as running possibly requiring extra time to recover.


This is the practice of eyelid reshaping. It can be done to improve vision in a person where eyelids obstruct vision however it may also be sought for cosmetic reasons.

Commonly, people ask to have their lower eyelids that suffer from chronic puffiness or wrinkles reduced, looking to achieve a more youthful appearance. Patients ask to have pads under the eyes, which give the appearance of “bags”, to be removed. After a few weeks to possibly a few months swelling caused by the procedure should become less noticeable.


Known as a tummy tuck or a lower body lift, this procedure removes excess skin from the abdominal area, tightening the skin which remains. This is a surgery type that is often performed on those who have excess skin after pregnancy or after losing a lot of weight due to bariatric surgery. It should take the average patient two to three weeks to be able to resume with their normal activities, although more strenuous physical activity may need a longer wait.


This is a nose job, to reshape the nose, to bring it into balance with the face as a whole. A surgeon may perform this surgery to reduce the size of the nose or focus on certain areas of it for adjustment. Bruising can happen after this surgery but it should fade over ten or so days when the average patient will return to work.

And there we have, a selection of 5 of a larger group of popular plastic surgeries. Over the coming years, we could see new plastic surgery procedures overtake this current selection in popularity, but they will likely remain similarly popular during the coming years and even decades.