Considering Plastic Surgery?-Part 1

Posted on 2013-08-26 06:12:20

There is a tendency that every time one thinks of plastic surgery, one‘s mind quickly goes to plastic surgery that may commonly be referred to as cosmetic or aesthetic surgery. This has to do with the improvement of one’s appearance. It is the most common from of plastic surgery. For example the famous nose reshaping of the late Michael Jackson or a celebrity trying to delay the aging process or a middle aged woman trying to boost her self esteem by improving her appearance by altering one or more of her body characteristics. Yet there is much more to plastic surgery. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, plastic surgery is done to repair, restore or improve lost, inured, defective or misshapen body parts. Plastic surgery can either be reconstructive or aesthetic (cosmetic). Reconstructive procedures aim at correcting the defects on the face and the rest of the body. Examples of reconstructive surgery are:
  1. Cleft palates
  2. Ear deformities
  3. Traumatic injuries for example from road accidents, animal attacks
  4. After the aftermath of the disease for example rebuilding a woman’s breast post breast cancer
Cosmetic procedures normally seek to change or alter a body part that one is not content with in order to improve appearance. Some common aesthetic procedures include:
  1. Reshaping the nose
  2. Facelifts
  3. Bicep and calf enlargements
  4. Removing pockets of fat from certain specific parts of the body (liposuction)
  5. Breast enlargement or reduction
Plastic surgery is dated back to 2000 B.C where Indians, Romans and Egyptians were said to be practicing it. Carpue, an Egyptian was said to have performed the first major surgery in 1815. It is also said that the ancient Egyptians and Romans carried out plastic surgery. The Romans carried out simple techniques like repairing damaged ears after the war and Roman physicians practiced surgical methods in the first century B.C in order to alter the body. Romans were also known to appreciate the physique and beauty of the body that made it easy for them to practice plastic surgery. A Roman medical writer then was also known to outline methods that were used to carry out breast reduction and reconstruction of ears and lips. Plastic surgery has continued to see progress over the years. One of the first publications on plastic surgery was done in 1946. Plastic surgery has been embraced globally with some countries even having insurance companies pay for procedures such as breast augmentation post mastectomy (breast removal for cancer treatment). Teens in the western world turn to plastic surgery in order to correct a defect or even alter the body part which does not make them feel comfortable. This may be due to peer pressure and even low self esteem. Parents approve some of the decisions made by their teens. Guys or men with the condition gynecomastia (which is excess breast tissue) could opt for reduction surgery in order to look normal than carry out other therapies to reduce the breast tissue or even take medication. There are also teens who prefer to have surgery to pin back ears that stick out ad also procedure which help them camouflage acne scars.