Cosmetic Surgery: An Overview Word Count: 435 Summary: Cosmetic surgery is an increasingly common way for individuals to improve their appearance in a way that might otherwise be impossible. Keywords: cosmetic surgery Article Body: Cosmetic surgery is an increasingly common way for individuals to improve their appearance in a way that might otherwise be impossible. Cosmetic surgery is not to be mistaken with plastic surgery, though the two can be very similar. Plastic surgery is used to repair deformities, or correct appearance from after an accident or injury. Cosmetic surgery is concerned with improving the appearance of an otherwise perfectly healthy individual. The science behind cosmetic surgery has continued to advance, and an amazing variety of different procedures are available. Botox is a popular treatment for both men and women, reducing wrinkles and tightening the muscles in the face to increase youthful appearance. This treatment became widespread in the United States during the 2004 election with John Kerry, though it is a practice among politicians, the wealthy, and movies stars. There are several other cosmetic surgeries for the facial area, as well. Everything from a face lift, to rhinoplasty (nose job), laser eye lid surgery, lip augmentation (for those ladies looking for the gorgeous Angelina Jolie look), facial minisculpture, or the great one for middle aged men: hair transplants. Almost any facial feature can by altered or modified in a way more pleasing to the individual. The options are amazing, and information is easy to find. Beyond the face there are all types of procedures. Sharon Osborne, wife of famous rock singer Ozzy Osborne, is very open about the multiple cosmetic surgeries she has had, and is a great example of a now common celebrity practice. For the body there is liposuction, butt lifts, breast lifts, breast augmentation, and breast reduction (which is also available for weighted men unhappy with upper body flab). There are so many procedures that can be undertaken that it can be intimidating to someone just beginning to look around. If everything seems overwhelming, just take it one step at a time. Which trait would you most like to see changed? Lips? Stomach? Nose? Choose the one feature you would like to take care of first and meet with a cosmetic surgeon to see what your options are. With how common cosmetic surgery has become, the procedures are safe and done by professional doctors who often specialize in even just the one treatment. This is a field where there is something for everyone, but consider your options carefully. Like getting a tattoo, work may be reversed, but it may lead to more headaches than you care for. Still, if it’s time for a change, the options are all there at your disposal, and your happiness at an improved appearance may be a phone call away.