History of Plastic
By Charles Kassotis
people use the term Plastic Surgery, they more often than not use it in
reference to cosmetic surgery. Few people actually stop to think that
Plastic Surgery covers a far wider range of surgical procedures and that
cosmetic surgery is only one type of surgery related to Plastic Surgery.
The full scope of Plastic Surgery is quite wide if one stops to think
about it and more often than not, is related to, and, plays a fundamental
role in conjunction with other fields of medicine and surgical procedures
pertaining to the field of general surgery. Plastic Surgery is basically
concerned with the reconstruction of the surface of the body whether that
has to do with the reconstruction of facial or body disfigurations that
are either congenital in nature or, acquired due to accidents or illness
for example, cancer related disfigurations.
Plastic Surgery goes as far back as Ancient Egypt the first physicians
who actually placed a more scientific scope in the field of Plastic Surgery
and, to be more precise, cosmetic surgery were two Sicilians Gustav and
Antonio Branka . Father and son, in 1400, they outlined the basic guidelines
which plastic surgeons should follow when undertaking reconstructive nose
surgery. However, the first to ever create a center for Plastic Surgery
and to take the first steps to making Plastic Surgery an equally accepted
field of medicine was another Italian, Taliakosi.
it was not until after World War I that Plastic Surgery developed its
full scope of use. This was due to the enormous amount of facial and body
disfigurations which either resulted in Plastic Surgery being undertaken
for aesthetic reasons, to regain functional abilities or, more often than
not, for both.
on and up until today, Plastic Surgery continues to play an ever increasingly
important role as a field of medicine in today’s’ society
either on its own when referring to simple cosmetic surgery or as part
of, and in relation to other fields of surgical specialties.
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Committing to Cosmetic Surgery
surgery is now so common, it’s almost commonplace. Cosmetic surgical
procedures are used to correct everything from disfigurements that are
the result of an accident to physical features that are perceived to be
less than perfect. In some cases, cosmetic surgery can help to correct
not only a physical trait but help to raise a person’s self-esteem
a number of different cosmetic surgery options. The most common cosmetic
surgical procedures involve redefining some aspect of the body, while
others involve enhancing the skin through a variety of measures. Liposuction
is a very popular cosmetic surgery option. This procedure allows the physician
to suction the fat off various portions of the body to reveal slimmer
and trimmer physique.
is a cosmetic surgery procedure in which the nose is reshaped. Some patients
request this surgery because they perceive their nose to be either too
big or an unattractive shape. In other cases, the procedure may be necessary
to help a patient breathe better.
is a term that is used frequently in regard to cosmetic surgery, however;
besides it’s obvious application to the breast area implants are
also used to enhance other body parts. The chin and cheekbones are two
areas where are implants are frequently used to redefine a patient’s
a variety of cosmetic surgery procedures that can be done to enhance the
breast area. Implants are used frequently to increase a patient’s
bust size. While the subject of breast implants received much bad press
several years ago due to the fact that silicone breast implants were proven
to be unsafe, the products used today are considered to be much safer.
Lifts are often necessary to correct breasts that sag and droop. Augmentation
may be utilized in order to align the breasts so that they are the same
size when there is a situation where one breast is smaller than the other.
patients wish to undergo cosmetic surgery in order to increase their bust
size, others have a breast reduction in order to reduce their breast size.
This is often necessary when a woman has very large breasts that may cause
health issues such as back pain and strain on the neck and shoulders.
surgery frequently referred to as a tummy tuck is similar to liposuction
in that it removes excess fat from the area around the stomach and waist.
Patients who have lost significant amounts of weight may find it necessary
to have this procedure performed as well as an arm lift or buttock/thigh
lift. When an individual loses large amounts of weight, particularly at
a rapid rate, the skin generally begins to sag and no amount of exercise
is able to tone the sagging skin. These types of cosmetic surgical procedures
can tighten the skin.
are a variety of cosmetic surgery options available today that can correct
almost any skin or body problem, it is important for patients to have
realistic expectations. First, some cosmetic surgeries will leave permanent
scars. The prospective patient must weigh the advantages and disadvantages
of having a permanent scar against living with the issue that drove them
to consider surgery. Secondly, it is very important that the patient realize
that cosmetic surgery does not produce overnight results. Some surgeries
will not produce optimal results until at least a year after the surgery
was performed. Finally, as with all surgeries, cosmetic surgery does come
with inherent risks and dangers.
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What You Should Know
About Cosmetic Surgery
By Mike Jones
surgery is any surgical procedure that is designed to enhance your physical
appearance. Unless the cosmetic surgery is required as the result of an
accident, injury, or birth defect, the chances are the procedure will
not be covered by your insurance.
cosmetic surgery may change your appearance and give you the confidence
to face the world with a whole new attitude, it doesn't change who you
"really" are inside. If you were lazy and unmotivated before
your new nose, you're likely to still be lazy and unmotivated after.
common cosmetic surgery procedures are face lifts, liposuction, breast
enhancement, "nose jobs" and "tummy tucks" but this
is by no means the extent of what a cosmetic surgeon can do for you.
surgery is performed by a doctor who has undergone specialized training
in either plastic or cosmetic surgery. When choosing a doctor always make
sure that they have been certified by either the American Board of Plastic
Surgery (ABPS) or the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS). They
should have the certification document in plain view in their office.
to ask the following questions when you are interviewing the doctor:
have you done this procedure?
have you been doing this procedure?
the best and worst case results that I can expect from this procedure?
the potential risks or complications of this procedure?
I need to do to prepare myself for this procedure?
time will I have to lose from work or normal social activity?
pain or discomfort is associated with this procedure?
will this procedure cost?
Will I require
any follow-up treatment and is it included in the price?
Will I require
any prescription drugs?
insurance cover all or part of the costs?
surgery doctors will have a book of "Before and After" pictures
that have been taken of patients who have given their permission to be
included in the book. Not only should you ask to see the book, but also
ask if you can receive a discount by agreeing to have your pictures added.
One of the
worst reasons for having a cosmetic surgery procedure performed is because
"everyone else is doing it". What may be right for one of your
friends may not be right for you. That's why it is important to have a
frank discussion with your doctor before having any procedure done. Tell
your doctor what your expectations are and then listen very closely to
the answer. If you think that having a face lift is going to get you a
better job, then you may need to reconsider your thinking. Most people's
lives do not change radically after cosmetic surgery is performed.
there are often unexpected results that accompany cosmetic surgery. You
may wonder why someone with as much money as Barbara Streisand has never
had her nose "fixed". When she was younger her doctor told her
that changing the shape of her nose would alter her voice! That was a
risk that Barbara was not willing to take.
surgery should not be rushed into. Take your time, shop around for the
best doctor and make sure that you have a solid grasp on your expectations.
The chances are you will have to live with the results of the procedure
for the rest of your life.
Mike Jones of BodyFAQ.com, the health, body & beauty information site.
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