Plastic surgery is a field of medicine that focuses on changing the appearance of the body, often improving the self-esteem and function of patients. In many cases, plastic surgery is performed for reconstructive purposes. In other cases, cosmetic treatments and surgical procedures may be performed for aesthetic reasons. 

In either case, the goal of any plastic surgery procedure is to help patients feel more comfortable with and confident in their own bodies.

Plastic Surgery Procedures at Iowa City ASC

Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) offers a wide variety of outpatient plastic surgery procedures for patients. With outpatient procedures, there are typically no overnight hospital stays. For most patients, you will arrive at Iowa City ASC, have your procedure performed, and return home the same day for recovery and recuperation. For some procedures, an overnight stay may be required. When these overnight monitoring periods are necessary, patients will be able to stay at Iowa City ASC. 

Among the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed at Iowa City ASC include the following.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is designed to surgically increase the volume of the breasts, improve breast symmetry, or give the breasts a more rounded overall shape. This is achieved in one of three ways:

  • Silicone implant
  • Saline implant
  • Fat graft procedure.

Often, patients are seeking to achieve a better balance between their hip contours and the size of their breasts. Surgery can help patients feel more comfortable and confident in their bodies.

Iowa City ASC plastic surgeon Dr. Iryna Chesnokova can see patients who have received unsatisfactory breast augmentation results from other plastic surgeons. Breast implant revision surgery helps these patients achieve their desired outcome and feel happy and satisfied with their breast augmentation results. 

In many cases, breast augmentation is paired with breast mastopexy (or breast lift), in order to give the breasts a firmer, rounder, and more youthful look.


Often referred to as a “tummy tuck,” abdominoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure designed to eliminate excess skin from around the abdomen. This excess skin can develop due to pregnancy, weight loss, or even simple aging (or for some, a combination of all three). In addition to removing excess skin, a tummy tuck can provide additional structure to weakened abdominal muscles.

The result is a flatter, firmer-looking tummy. This can help patients feel fitter and more youthful.

Abdominoplasty is often paired with a breast augmentation and/or breast lift. The idea behind this pairing is to minimize the overall impact that aging and pregnancy can have on the body. As a result, this combination of procedures is often referred to as a mommy makeover.

Body Lift and Liposuction

Liposuction has a reputation in popular culture as a kind of weight loss tool. But the reality is that modern liposuction is primarily used for body contouring. 

Diet and exercise cannot target specific areas of the body in terms of fat loss. So there can sometimes be stubborn areas of fat that simply don’t go anywhere–and that can be immensely frustrating. Body contouring with liposuction can help you achieve the overall body shape you’ve been working for.

In most cases, liposuction is paired with a body lift. That’s because as liposuction removes fat, body contouring will minimize excess skin.

Facial Plastic Surgery

The three most popular facial plastic surgery procedures include the following:

  • Facelift: A facelift is designed to eliminate excess skin around the face. This eliminates wrinkles and gives the face a naturally more youthful overall appearance.
  • Blepharoplasty: Sometimes called an “eyelid lift,” this procedure eliminates excess skin that develops around the eyelids. This surgery helps the eyes look more alert and youthful–and it can also eliminate excess skin that obstructs your vision.
  • Browlift: A brow lift can eliminate the deep wrinkles that form around the brow.

Modern facial plastic surgery can make you look more emotive and youthful while maintaining a natural appearance on your face.


Commonly known as a “nose job,” rhinoplasty can make changes to the shape and proportions of your nose. The goal is to retain the character of your nose while improving your overall facial harmony. Rhinoplasty surgery can also improve structural defects in the nose, correcting certain breathing issues. 

Some rhinoplasty goals can be achieved with a minimally invasive version of this procedure which drastically reduces discomfort and recovery time.

Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

Mastectomy is primarily performed to treat or prevent breast cancer. Many women may feel as though a part of themselves has been removed after mastectomy. Breast reconstruction can help patients feel more comfortable in their own bodies and start looking forward to getting “back to normal.” There are several breast reconstruction methods. The best one for each patient will depend on a variety of factors. 

Breast reconstruction can help breast cancer survivors complete their recovery journey and feel whole again.

Plastic Surgery Procedures Performed

Facial procedures

  • Facelift 
  • Neck lift 
  • Rhinoplasty 
  • Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) 
  • Brow lift 
  • Otoplasty
  • Lip lift
  • Post excision or Mohs reconstruction
  • Burn scar contracture release

Breast procedures:

  • Breast augmentation 
  • Breast reduction 
  • Breast lift (mastopexy) 
  • Post-mastectomy implant/ tissue expander based reconstruction 
  • Oncoplastic reconstruction after lipectomy
  • Breast fat grafting 
  • Correction of tuberous breast deformity
  • Gynecomastectomy 
  • Top surgery 

Body procedures:

  • Body lift
  • Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) 
  • Panniculectomy 
  • Brachioplasty (arm lift) 
  • Thigh lift 
  • Liposuction 

Plastic Surgery at Iowa City ASC

Having your surgery performed in an ambulatory surgery center can make for a more comfortable and more convenient experience–avoiding a hospital stay altogether. When you have surgery at an ASC, you are also less likely to experience complications, such as infections. This means outcomes tend to be better, and the overall experience tends to be more pleasant. 

Patients will need to book their appointments through Surgical Services and schedule a consultation with Dr. Chesnokova before they are cleared to have their procedure performed at Iowa City ASC by referral. If you have questions about having your plastic surgery procedure performed at Iowa City ASC, ask your provider for a referral or call (319) 338-9247.

Take the Stress Out of Surgery

This resource can help answer your questions and provide a variety of tips to help reduce your stress prior to surgery.

By downloading “Take the Stress out of Surgery,” you will learn:

  • That what your are feeling is normal
  • 5 tips to reduce stress before surgery
  • Practical ideas that you can implement now

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