Plastic surgery is an all-encompassing medical specialty involving the alteration, repair, or replacement of the entire human body through the use of plastic surgery techniques. It is divided into two major categories: reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. Reconstructive plastic surgery entails the removal of defective or disfigured portions of the body and reconstructing them in such a way as to enhance and rejuvenate the person’s appearance. Cosmetic surgery usually involves enhancing and improving the physical appearance of an individual. In most cases, patients are offered the choice to undergo either one type of plastic surgery or another. Some patients also choose to go under the knife for reconstructive plastic surgery only to change their minds later on. Others opt for aesthetic surgery to improve the appearance of certain areas of their bodies, while others opt for cosmetic surgery to improve certain aspects of their appearance in general.
Plastic surgery also encompasses other procedures such as liposuction, facial breast augmentations, and facelifts, which are all elective surgical procedures that are designed to improve the physical appearance of individuals. Many patients are concerned about these invasive surgical procedures, especially in light of the fact that the results they bring are not always guaranteed to be permanent. The procedure may have adverse effects on various parts of the body that need to be addressed, and patients may have problems with the amount of time it will take for their results to become visible. In addition to these disadvantages, patients must undergo an extensive healing process before their new look can truly start to show. For this reason, many choose to go under the knife for cosmetic or reconstructive procedures in order to improve their physical appearance at an early age. Most doctors will perform their own plastic surgery on patients at the initial consultation so that they know that there is no risk involved in the procedure.
There are many benefits and drawbacks associated with plastic surgery procedures. There are cases where patients will go under the knife even after a diagnosis of cancer, because this type of surgery is considered a potentially curative procedure. If the patient has a terminal condition, it may be possible to reverse or even eradicate the condition by undergoing the surgery and then having the doctor perform the procedure again if desired. For this reason, patients should always make sure to discuss the risks and benefits of their cosmetic and reconstructive procedures with their doctor before going under the knife.