What is Plastic Surgery?
In recent years developments in science and technology have brought about significant changes to the world in which we live. One such change has been the introduction of plastic surgery into mainstream life, having grown from being the preserve of the rich and famous to being an increasingly accepted option for ordinary people.
Plastic surgery is a special branch of surgery that deals with the medical correction of a person’s form and structure. While plastic surgery deals mainly with aesthetic surgery, there are also several other types of surgery that come under this domain, such as the different fields of surgery to the cranio-facial region, hand surgery, surgery to correct skin damage caused by burns, and some forms of microsurgery.
The History of Plastic Surgery
The word plastic comes from the Greek word plastikos which means “to mold” or “to shape”. So, plastic surgery basically means surgery that brings about a re-shaping of a part of the body. Although plastic surgery is generally regarded as being a recent scientific wonder, in fact its history goes back the time of Sushruta in India around the year 700 BC.
In Rome, plastic surgery existed even in the 1st century BC. However because of the dangers involved with this type of surgery, especially when it involves the face or the head regions, it was not until recently, that plastic surgery became more common for the general population.
Different Procedures involved in Plastic Surgery
Plastic surgery often involves a skin graft, whereby doctors take skin from one part of the body, and then graft it onto the area where it is needed. This can involve a number of steps, including different types of grafting like allografting, where the graft comes from another human, and xenografting, where the graft comes from an animal of a different species.
The Difference Between Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery
People have a tendency to confuse plastic surgery with cosmetic surgery, but there is actually a difference between the two. Cosmetic surgery is in fact a sub-specialty of plastic surgery, and refers to surgery which is carried out purely for cosmetic purposes. The most common procedures for cosmetic surgery include abdominoplasty (also known as a “tummy tuck”), and blepharoplasty, which is a reshaping of the eyelids. Cosmetic surgery can be useful in helping to minimize scars and wrinkles. In recent years, people have gone to have plastic surgery done in countries where the fees are lower than in their own countries.
The Growing Significance Of Plastic Surgery In Recent Years
In recent years, people worldwide seem to be increasingly aware of their body image, and more people are in search of the perfect body. So plastic surgery offers solutions to people’s problems if they feel that their own body falls short of perfection, and more and more people are sorting out what they feel are their bodily imperfections. In particular, in the field of plastic surgery there has been a tremendous demand for cosmetic surgery and liposuction. In most countries nowadays it is possible to find plastic surgery at quite affordable rates. The affordable rates bring plastic surgery more within the reach of ordinary people, so that plastic surgery is now becoming more common.