The term plastic surgery is derived from the Greek word, Plastikos, which means to mold or shape. Plastic surgeons reshape tissues into new forms and shapes.
Plastic Surgery is a Speciality
Plastic surgery is a specialised field and surgeons spend years at medical school as well as several years of specific training in plastic surgery. Don’t be afraid to ask for a surgeon’s credentials and ask to see some photos of his work.
Plastic Surgeons and Other Specialists
Plastic surgery often overlaps in areas and may necessitate two specialists working together. Trauma to the mouth may require a dental surgeon and a plastic surgeon. A general surgeon may perform a mastectomy and then step back so a plastic surgeon can follow up with a breast reconstruction.
Attitudes to Plastic Surgery
These days, people are more open to plastic surgery than ever before. This is partly due to reality television shows such as Extreme Makeover. These have taken the mystery out of the procedures and given people a glimpse of how their appearance can be improved. It is no longer a shame to undergo plastic surgery and it can even become a sign of status and success.
What Does Plastic Surgery Involve
It is important to have a clear understanding of the type of surgery required as well as the length of hospital stay and recovery period. Ask the surgeon questions, read books and do research on the internet to get balanced expectations.
What Types of Plastic Surgery are Available
Most plastic surgery falls into the following classifications:
- Face lifts
- Brow lifts
- Body lifts
- Tummy tuck
- Breast lift/reduction/augmentation
- Otoplasty (ears)
- Rhinoplasty (nose)
- Eye surgery
Why Do People have Plastic Surgery
Reasons are varied but often the person wants to correct a physical fault that is causing them emotional pain. This may be something they were born with such as big ears or it may be an injury that has caused disfigurement.
What are the Dangers of Plastic Surgery
All surgery carries risks and there can be side effects from anesthesia and medications. In rare cases, death can occur. If the surgery is not performed by a specialist, the results can be disfiguring and devastating. If the patient has psychological problems and a poor self image, plastic surgery may not be the solution for them. All these factors should be considered before agreeing to surgery.
Plastic surgery has made a positive difference to the lives of countless people. When performed by a trusted surgeon, the results can transform a life and bring lifelong joy.
Recommended Reading: Your Complete Guide to Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, edited by Stacy Gregg, Penguin Books 1997/2005