5 Most Common Cosmetic Surgeries

Reigning in Your Waistline

Weighing in at number five in the ASPS's top five most common cosmetic surgeries is the time-honored tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty (average fee: $5,130) [source: ASPS]. Sometimes crunches, planks and aerobic exercises just aren't enough to tighten up your mid-section. Moms can relate perhaps more so than anyone.

According to the ASAPS, you might be a candidate for abdominoplasty if you have excess or sagging abdominal skin, an abdomen that protrudes and is out of proportion to the rest of your body, abdominal muscles that have been separated and weakened, or excess fatty tissue that is concentrated in your abdomen.

The procedure is considered major surgery, and entails removing extra skin and fat while tightening abdominal muscles. A "complete abdominoplasty" will require a hip-to-hip incision, and scarring is a distinct possibility. A partial or "mini-abdominoplasty" requires smaller incisions and targets smaller areas (typically below the belly button).

However, an abdominoplasty should never be considered a quick-and-easy option to exercise and weight loss, and should not be confused with liposuction (covered later in this article). Like any major elective surgery, tummy tucks also come with several important caveats. If you're a woman considering having children, consider delaying this procedure. The procedure tightens abdominal muscles, and future pregnancies will tear those muscles. Also, patients committed to losing weight should do so before undergoing this procedure [source: WebMD].

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