The Truth About Plastic Surgery: Debunking Common Misconceptions

As a plastic surgeon, I am often asked about the use of plastic in plastic surgery. The truth is, plastic is not actually used in procedures. The word plastic comes from the Greek term plastikos, meaning to mold or shape something. So, while the term plastic surgery may sound like it involves the synthetic polymer we know as plastic, it actually has no correlation. Plastic surgery is a broad term that encompasses a variety of procedures, including cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery.

Cosmetic surgery is typically performed for aesthetic purposes, such as a lip lift, while reconstructive surgery is used to correct deformities or abnormalities caused by birthmarks, cancerous tissue, or weight loss. In some cases, plastic surgeons may use plastic objects or implants in their procedures, but these are not the same as the plastic we commonly think of. The origins of plastic surgery can be traced back to 2000 BC, although it was not referred to as such at the time. Today, plastic surgeons are highly trained professionals who belong to professional associations such as the British Association of Reconstructive and Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAPRAS). While the terms plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are often used interchangeably, it's important to note that not all cosmetic surgeons are trained in plastic surgery. Plastic surgery encompasses a wide range of procedures, including cosmetic surgery, reconstructive surgery after cancer or accidents, microsurgery, craniofacial surgery for congenital defects like cleft lips, and transplant surgery.

The most dedicated plastic surgeons are members of organizations like BAAPS and undergo annual audits to ensure they maintain the highest standards of care. No matter what your reason for considering plastic surgery, the first step is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon. During this consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your individual case and determine if you are a good candidate for the desired procedure.

Della Croman
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