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Plastic Surgery vs Cosmetic Surgery

A lot of people find it hard to differentiate between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery. This is because on the surface they both look similar but the truth is that they are quite different.

Plastic surgery is a surgical procedure of the reconstruction of body and facial defects due to trauma, birth defects, disease and burns. Plastic surgery is done with the intention of correcting and reconstructing dysfunctional areas of the body.

Cosmetic surgery on the other hand enhances appearance and improves the aesthetic appeal, proportion and symmetry of the body through surgical and medical techniques. Cosmetic surgery is elective and can be performed anywhere on the body.

Plastic Surgery Overview

Plastic surgery is generally a procedure that is used to restore the function of skin and tissues back to normal or close to as normal as possible.

What is plastic surgery used for?

Plastic surgery is used to reconstruct and repair;

  • Areas which have been damaged through the removal of cancerous tissues
  • Birth defects such as webbed fingers, cleft lip and palate and birthmarks
  • Extensive burns and other serious injuries

Techniques of Plastic Surgery

  • Skin Flap surgery. In this technique of plastic surgery a piece of tissue is taken from one part of the body and it is transferred to another together with blood vessels that keep it alive. It is called flap surgery because the transferred healthy tissue is partially attached to the body while it is repositioned.
  • Skin grafts. This is when healthy tissue from an unaffected area of the body is removed and transferred to replace damaged or lost skin.
  • Tissue expansion. Surrounding tissue to a damaged area is stretched and expanded in order to enable the body to grow extra skin which is then used to reconstruct the damaged area.
  • Vacuum closure. In this technique the wound is usually suctioned through the use of a sterile piece of foam which draws out fluid and helps in healing.
  • Fat transfer or grafting. This type of plastic surgery technique involves the removal of fat from one area and insert it into another area in order to correct unevenness.
  • Prosthetic devices like artificial limbs
  • Camouflage cream and make up

Benefits of plastic surgery

  • Self confidence

Plastic surgery restores self-confidence because after the procedure people look and tend to feel better. This feel good feeling lowers the risk of anxiety and depression.

  • Enhances appearance

Plastic surgery benefits are noticeable physical transformations which enhance a person’s appearance and this in turn helps psychologically.

  • Helps in looking more natural

The media potrays plastic surgery as something that makes people to look less natural. However they could not be further from the truth. The goal of plastic surgery is to look natural and balance the proportions of the body. Plastic surgery reduces trauma that has been caused to the body. These is evident through people who have had physical injuries or birth defects and have undergone plastic surgery to achieve the most natural reparative results.

  • New lifestyle

Plastic surgery helps in kick starting a new lifestyle such as exercising and other healthy physical activities that the patient could not have done before.

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Risks of plastic surgery

Just like any other type of surgery, plastic surgery has risks also. The level of risk depends on type of procedure being done, the overall health of the patient, the size of the affected area and the surgeon’s level of expertise.

Some of the risks include;

  • Bleeding
  • Pain
  • Discomfort
  • Scarring
  • Infection

If you notice any of the signs above or anything unusual after the procedure contact your surgeon immediately.

Cosmetic Surgery

As mentioned above cosmetic surgery is a surgical procedure that is done in order to change the appearance or shape of a body part. It is mostly performed on someone who is unsatisfied with his or her appearance. Cosmetic surgery is done for aesthetic purposes rather than for health reasons. It can change the position, structure, texture or color of a body part.

Some cosmetic procedures improve bodily functions or decrease ill effects such as pain. Some procedures are operative which means they are invasive while others are non-invasive.

Some of the most common body parts that cosmetic procedures are performed on are;

  • The abdomen
  • Face
  • Breasts
  • Ears
  • Eyes
  • Hair
  • Nose

Operative/ invasive cosmetic procedures

  • This involves implanting devices in order to increase the size of a body feature such as the breast.
  • Lipoplasty or Liposuction. This is removal of fat from the body through the use of suction techniques which is done by making small cuts in the skin.
  • Reshaping procedures. These change the shape or contour of a body feature and it involve implants, reshaping or removal of cartilage or bone.
  • Body contouring. This involves tucking and lifting leaving the skin tightened and giving it a more toned appearance.
  • this is the scraping away of layers of dead skin cells
  • Hair replacement. Hair is transplanted and grafted on bald patches where the hair is needed.
  • Facial rejuvenation
  • Skin rejuvenation

Non-surgical/ non-invasive cosmetic procedures

Non-invasive cosmetic procedures change the structure of the body tissues without surgery. Some of the procedures can be done in a beauty salon or a dentist’s setting.

Some of the procedures include;

  • Chemical peels. This involves the use of chemical solutions such as trichloroacetic, phenol and alphahydroxy acids which are applied on the skin so as to remove the outer layers of the skin.
  • Botulinum toxin injections are injected into the facial muscles so as to get rid of wrinkles.
  • Dermal fillers. These contain collagen and are injected into the skin so as to temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles for a period of two to four months.
  • Fat freezing
  • Minor liposuction
  • Use of Lasers
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Benefits of cosmetic surgery

  • Improves self-esteem
  • Improves bodily and health functions
  • The patient feels more at ease and comfortable after the procedure

It does not matter which procedure between cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery looks better but what matters is which one is right for you. It is best to do your own research before settling on one procedure.

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