Fit for Plastic Surgery?

When exercise isn't enough there are plastic surgery options that enhance your 'fitness' look.

Jim Williams

HealthKey.com contributor

June 7, 2010


Popeye had his spinach. Batman sported a muscle-carved contoured suit and a handy utility belt. The Hulk, well ... he just got mad. Fact is, when it comes to looking 'super' in a hurry, you don't need any special powers or gimmicks ... simply chat with a good plastic surgeon.

Sure, you can achieve great results through diet and exercise, but for those who are looking for a specific look, are genetically unable or are simply tired of waiting to get the body they want, then cosmetic enhancements in the form of implants are the answer. And there are a lot of people getting it done. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reported men and women in the U.S. spent nearly $13.2 billion on cosmetic procedures last year.

Name your implant

Here's a look at four of the most frequently requested cosmetic implant procedures, according to the ASAPS:

Custom implants are available in many other areas of the body for those who have unique problems or requirements. Use of implants can provide bodybuilders with additional bulk resulting in a sculptured appearance.

Getting it done

Plastic surgery is not as simple as picking a name out of a phone book, or certainly, it shouldn't be. Experts at the Mayo Clinic recommend selecting a surgeon who is experienced in the specific cosmetic procedure and has been certified in his or her specialty by an appropriate board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Also, understand that all referrals are not equal. Seek recommendations from people you trust, such as your family doctor or a friend who has had a successful procedure performed.

Getting back to the gym

When can you go back to exercising? The answer to this question really depends on the type of surgery, according to the ASAPS. It can be as early as a few days, and as long as 2 to 4 weeks.

Top 5 surgical procedures for women

1. Breast augmentation
2. Liposuction
3. Eyelid surgery
4. Abdominoplasty
5. Breast reduction.

Top 5 surgical procedures for men

1. Liposuction
2. Eyelid surgery
3. Rhinoplasty
4. Breast reduction
5. Hair transplantation

For more information visit the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.