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Plastic Surgery IQ

From Botox to chemical peels, countless cosmetic procedures are done each year. Take this quiz to test your smarts about them.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Tummy tucks are the cosmetic procedures that are the most involved and the most risky. How long does the surgery usually take?

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The correct answer is: Approximately 150,000 women in America get tummy tucks each year. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. A tummy tuck can take about three hours, and you'll stay overnight in the hospital.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

If you are close to your ideal weight, which procedure may be right for you?

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The correct answer is: If you're close to your ideal weight, you may consider doing Liposonix, a procedure that uses a high-energy focused ultrasound that zaps through belly fat and, after three months, widdles your waist by about an inch. Ultrashape, a similar technology, isn't available in the U.S.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What is the most common cosmetic procedure?

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The correct answer is: In 2012, nearly 370,000 women had their breasts enlarged, making augmentation the most common cosmetic surgery procedure.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: Doctors must specialize in plastic surgery to perform cosmetic procedures.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Doctors of any specialty can perform cosmetic procedures, but physicians certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery have focused specifically on plastic surgery in their training and practice.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of these certifications should you look for when selecting your plastic surgeon?

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The correct answer is: Your doctor should definitely have a MD or DO after his name, but also look for the letters FACS, which stand for Fellow, American College of Surgeons. These letters are earned by surgeons who are certified by a surgical board of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of these are red flags that should prompt you to take a closer look at your doctor's credentials?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. If you're in the market for a little nip, lift or tuck, beware of doctors billed as cosmetic surgeons as there is no board of cosmetic surgery, and remember that surgery is no place for bargain hunting. One more red flag: The facility is not accredited. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons gives accreditation to surgical facilities to ensure safety. This includes checking for sterilization, proper equipment and drugs, essential monitors and sufficient staff.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which procedure has the highest "do-over" rate?

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The correct answer is: Rhinoplasties, or "nose jobs," involve shaving and cutting bone and contouring as well as moving and sculpting cartilage. But bone can regrow after surgery, and cartilage can warp and droop, which explains why about 15 to 20% of rhinoplasties need a "re-do."

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: If you get a Botox injection, you'll see immediate results.

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The correct answer is: This is false. It takes a few days to start to see the results and a few weeks to see the full effects from a Botox injection.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

How long does Botox last?

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The correct answer is: Botox lasts three to four months. Botulinum type B toxin, marketed as Myobloc, is useful for people resistant to Botox. It begins to work in three days, more quickly than Botox, but usually lasts less than ten weeks.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Where do most people get Botox injected?

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The correct answer is: Most people get Botox between the eyebrows. The injection is also used to erase lines on the forehead as well as crow's feet. Newer Botox locations include the lines on the size of the nose (called bunny lines) and dimpled chins.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

What is the typical cost of Botox?

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The correct answer is: The cost of one Botox treatment ranges from $450 to more than $1,000 depending on the doctor's fees and how much Botox was injected.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Plastic surgery is a proven way to boost which of the following?

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The correct answer is: Neither of the above. While people are generally happy with their results after plastic surgery, there's little or no evidence that a nip or tuck increase confidence or mood long-term. In the two most recent studies, patients reported little or no improvement in general self-esteem, depressive symptoms or quality of life.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

How old are the majority of women who get vaginal rejuvenation?

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The correct answer is: According to one plastic surgeon, 60 to 70% of her patients are in their mid-20s. Sound surprising? Blame the rise of the Brazilian bikini wax. Women are confronted with their lady parts more nowadays than ever before.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Preventing sun damage to your lips will ensure your pout stays volumized over time.

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The correct answer is: This is false. While it's important to protect your pout with SPF to prevent skin cancer and brown spots, it won't reduce your chances of losing lip volume.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which filler lasts longer?

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The correct answer is: Hyaluronic acid is the filler of choice for plumping small lips and alleviating wrinkling around the mouth, but fat is the more robust, permanent filler.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Let's say you've had a face lift, a neck lift, upper and lower eyelid work and a forehead lift. How much younger would you look?

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The correct answer is: According to a study from the University of Toronto, those aged 45 to 72 who got a face lift, neck lift, upper and lower eyelid work and a forehead lift looked 8.4 years younger. Those who opted for just a face lift and a neck lift looked 5.7 years younger. Don't run to a plastic surgeon just yet, though. Remember that too much work shows, and at a certain age, having no wrinkles at all looks unnatural.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which procedure is approved by the FDA?

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The correct answer is: Neither of the above. In a stem cell facelift, plastic surgeons take a person's fat and run it through a machine or filter to separate the stem cells from the fat tissue. These cells, which secrete proteins called growth factors that boost cell growth, are injected into wrinkles or hollowed-out areas on the face. A "vampire facelift," or platelet-enriched treatment follows a similar process, but instead of fat, the procedure uses blood components called platelets. One issue at hand with these facelifts is the use of growth factors, which could cause a cancer risk in certain patients.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

What hair color has the best results with laser hair removal?

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The correct answer is: Laser hair removal can kill black and dark brown hair, but still has trouble with light brown hair. No laser can kill blond or white hair.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

How many treatments will it take to kill all the unwanted hair?

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The correct answer is: On average, each laser treatment kills between 20 to 40 percent of the hair. After four treatments, about 90 percent of the hair is gone.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of the following statements is true?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. The laser destroys any brown it encounters, which includes tanned skin. Additionally, the darker your skin, the lower the power that can be used, which means that it can take a dozen or more treatments to decrease the hair on dark-skinned or tanned people.

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Most cosmetic surgery is done to enhance a persons features or correct disfigurement. With children, the most common procedure corrects a cleft lip or cleft palate. With adults, facelifts, removing baggy skin around the eyelids an...

d remodeling the nose are popular types of plastic surgery. Among women, liposuction and breast augmentation are popular. Growing numbers of men are joining women in opting to have facelifts, tummy tucks, hair transplants and other types of cosmetic surgery.
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