The Nips & Tucks of 25 of the Most Common Cosmetic Surgeries

1. Liposuction

Type of treatment: body contouring/fat reduction

The gist: This one gets a lot of attention—Susan Sarandon, real housewife NeNe Leaks and, surprisingly, Clay Aiken have all admitted to having lipo (also called lipoplasty) in some form. In fact, lipo was also the most popular cosmetic surgery of 2011. So what exactly is it? In the simplest terms, it’s removal of fat by suction. A surgeon makes a small incision and inserts a hollow tube to loosen fat with a back and forth motion. This tube is attached to a vacuum, which he then uses to suck out the excess fat. Target areas include the stomach, hips, waist, thighs, arms, neck, chin, cheeks and even ankles.

Prep: You’ll need to stop smoking well in advance of surgery, plus avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements before and after the surgery as they can increase bleeding.

Recovery: There’s usually no need to spend the night in the hospital and most people can return to work a few days after the surgery. There’ll be some pain, discomfort and bruising for a few weeks. Swelling may last for up to a few months.

How long it takes: 1-4 hours, depending on the amount of fat to be removed

Where it takes place: office-based surgical facility, outpatient surgical center or a hospital

Average age at procedure: 40-54