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2009 Reader's Choice Awards - Top 5 Surgical Procedures


Surgical procedures can provide the dramatic change you need to either jump start a healthy lifestyle change or be the cherry on top after you've done the work. These surgeries can boost your self confidence and give you the figure you've always dreamed of.

Non-surgical procedures have grown in popularity, but for the most dramatic results, a surgical procedure is generally needed. Fat reduction and breast enhancement are well-known surgeries and top the list, but there are also a few surprises in AHB's most researched.

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Liposuction: Liposuction removes excess areas of fatty tissue from specific areas of the body via a small tube inserted under the skin. The fat is aspirated and disposed of, resulting in a more contoured body. Liposuction should be seen as an enhancement and a way to eliminate stubborn spots but is not a method for removing the appearance of cellulite nor tightening the skin.

Tummy Tuck: A tummy tuck works by removing excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tightening the muscles of the abdomen wall. The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen or excess folds and fatty accumulation as a result of pregnancy or weight loss. There are also mini tummy tucks and full body lifts available which both remove different amounts of fat and skin depending on patient needs and desired outcome.

Breast Augmentation: Breast augmentation is also known as mammoplasty, breast enlargement or breast enhancement. A prosthesis, known as a breast implant, is placed to enlarge the breast and enhance shape. There are many options in breast augmentation including scar location, implant placement, construction and size.

Vaginal Rejuvenation: As the body ages and undergoes changes, the vagina changes too. A one to two hour outpatient procedure, called posterior repair or vaginoplasty, will reduce internal vaginal mucosa, which tightens the canal. This can help increase muscle tone, control and strength, and potentially increase pleasurable friction during intercourse. Other procedures are also available, some of which use laser technology, for improving vaginal appearance and incontinence.

Buttock Augmentation: Buttock augmentation is also known as butt implants or gluteoplasty. One method of buttock augmentation involves removing or moving fat to achieve the desired shape, and the other involves the surgical insertion of artificial implants into the butt to augment their size and change the shape.

The American Health & Beauty Reader's Choice Awards are based on a running tally of all information accessed on www.americanhealthandbeauty.com from January 1, 2009 to December 15, 2009. The awards are based on the number of page views for each particular procedure. The awards in no way reflect a judgment or declaration of one procedure or product being better than another, merely what visitors to the website searched for and/or read about. The awards are a representation of consumer interest regarding these particular procedures and/or products and are in no way an endorsement of American Health and Beauty, LLC. For more information regarding these procedures please contact your local physician or aesthetician.