Four Medi-Beauty Apps for the Surgically Curious

A. Foley on 28 Sep 2012 at 9:00am


It's a common quip: No matter what you're looking to do, there's an app for that. Well, when it comes to health and cosmetic surgery, it's becoming more and more true. You can find an app for just about anything, from giving yourself virtual procedures to making appointments with your doctor.

Here, we take a look at four apps for cosmetic procedures. Disclaimer: we have not done a full test of these!

Plastic Surgery Simulator: Picture yourself, improved

Want to see what you'd look like with bigger boobs, a smaller nose, or a bountiful booty? The Plastic Surgery Simulator lets you quickly manipulate photos by touching and dragging. You can simulate the results of a Brazilian butt lift, rhinoplasty, lip augmentation, face contouring, weight loss, breast implants—pretty much any body part you can grow or shrink.

It's also easy to see side-by-side comparison with before-to-after morphing animation.

The Plastic Surgery Simulator goes for $1.99 at the iTunes App Store.

iLipo: Virtually suck out your fat

With this app from the New York offices of Dr. Kevin Tehrani, you can preview the results of a lipo procedure and view yourself after a tummy tuck, breast enhancement or reduction, full mommy makeover, and more. The iLipo app uses the same digital imaging technology that surgeons show you during consultations.

Grab iLipo as a free download from the iTunes store.

The Plastic Show: Watch and learn

Wondering what actually happens during a cosmetic procedure? If you want to see patient experiences with plastic surgery, you can spend hours searching YouTube for clips—or you can download The Plastic Show and get the best videos instantly, all in one place.

This before-and-after surgery portal app collects YouTube plastic surgery clips, in which patients share the results of their surgeries and let viewers see their transformations. One catch though is there's no interaction or community network.

It's also free to download on the iTunes App Store.

BuildMyBod: Budget your ideal body

The actual costs of plastic surgery can be complicated. Usually, doctors will ask you to come in for a consultation before quoting a price—not because they're trying to rip you off (most consultations are free), but because the cost isn't always straightforward. A lot depends on your body and your personal needs.

With the BuildMyBod app, you get the most complete, up-to-date pricing information from doctors in your area, short of an individual consultation. While the app doesn't guarantee the prices it quotes, it's far more accurate than a general price range. You can also schedule an appointment with a surgeon in your area right from the app, once you receive a price quote.

BuildMyBod is free from the iTunes App Store.


Got a favorite health or medi-beauty app? Found one that you hate? Tell us about it in the comments!


photo credit: lucian milasan