If you’re looking for a way to enhance your appearance or improve the way some aspect of your physique (not its function), then plastic surgery may be an option to help you look and feel better about yourself. While cosmetic surgery can help make improvements in your appearance, it is certainly not a decision to be made quickly or taken lightly. Make sure it is the right option for you by discussing all aspects with your doctor.
Plastic surgery is the surgical specialty that deals with the reconstruction of facial and body tissue that requires reshaping or remolding due to disease, defect or disorder. The word “plastic” is derived from the ancient Greek word plastikos, which means “to mold or give form.”
To help determine if plastic surgery is the right option for you, it is important to discuss alternatives and know what types of considerations to think about before having surgery. Just like any surgical procedure, cosmetic surgery also has risks and limitations.
If you’re considering any type of plastic surgery, here are some topics you should evaluate and discuss with your doctor:
Plastic surgery includes both reconstructive and aesthetic (cosmetic) procedures:
In general, reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body that may be caused by the following:
This type of surgery is usually performed to improve function, but may also be performed to approximate a normal appearance.
Cosmetic surgery is performed to repair or reshape otherwise normal structures of the body, generally, to improve appearance.
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