What Is Plastic Surgery And How Can You Benefit?

What is Plastic Surgery?

The true scope of plastic surgery is much broader than cosmetic surgery, encompassing both reconstructive and elective aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery.

Reconstructive surgery is surgery to reconstruct or repair part of the body after a traumatic injury or cancer or other surgery. Additional, reconstructive surgery can also help correct many congenital deformities.

Aesthetic surgery (cosmetic surgery) is performed to improve normal appearance. Of course, many plastic surgery procedures actually include aspects of both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.

Where Does The Term Plastic Surgery Originate?

The “plastic” in plastic surgery does not refer to the psubstance used in containers, toys and other consumer products. The plastic, in plastic surgery, comes from the Greek work, plastikos, which means “to mold or to shape.” Plastic surgery can be traced to approximately 700 B.C. During their time, a prominent nose was considered a symbol of power and authority and nose augmentation, rather than reduction, was the preferred surgery. Before guns were used in battle, the mighty sword cut off many a nose (and other body parts) so some of the earliest plastic surgery procedures were used to reconstruct body parts — such as noses and limbs — lost in battles or duels.

Modern plastic surgery has its origins from World Wars I and II. Battlefield surgeons developed techniques to reconstruct wounded soldiers’ injured limbs.

During the first half of the 20th century, plastic surgeons perfected medical procedures to restore and/or reconstruct faces and body parts disfigured by diseases, accidents as well developmental abnormalities and birth defects.

How Can Patients Benefit?

Cosmetic surgery evolved when some plastic surgeons began to use the same medical procedures and methods for individuals unhappy with their appearance. Today cosmetic surgery can perform any of a number of enhancements or reductions to help with the mental well-being and physical appearance of patients. These procedures include:



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