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Introduction to plastic surgery

A Fact or Two about Plastic Surgery

Often a subject of controversy, plastic surgery is still becoming more and more popular each year. Being more available today than it was several decades ago when only actors and famous people underwent the procedures, many regular people are changing their lives with plastic surgery. Some changes of this type are for the better and some for the worse. This is why plastic surgery has two different applications.

Namely, it can be reconstructive plastic surgery, which is designed and meant for correcting some of the inborn imperfections one might have. Some people are born with certain abnormalities and this procedure grants them health by correcting these negative aspects of their body.

The other purpose of plastic surgery is purely aesthetic, since it has nothing to do with the person's health in some situations. This involves silicone breast implants, lip enlargement, tummy tucking and other methods of this type. These are mainly used as quick fixes for achieving the state of having all the necessary aesthetic properties for being considered beautiful, matching the current beauty standards.

Regardless of the cause, people are accepting this type of surgery more and more and are willing to undergo some types of it, for various reasons. Surely, it can be misused and it often is, but, essentially, plastic surgery is a God sent branch of medicine for many people in need.

Art, Fashion or Medicine?

Many plastic surgeons consider this calling of theirs to be more than a mere medical branch. Rather, they claim that plastic surgery involves a certain amount of art since, after all, they are reconstructing one's body and important aesthetic features. This way, they are the agents of beauty and the plastic surgery itself is the tool of divine properties.

They are capable of restoring one's physical looks after having an accident or suffer an injury. Also, plastic surgery can rehabilitate certain body parts, or enhance them physically and aesthetically. All this has a great impact on the patient's psyche since it makes him/her more self-confident and proud of his/her own physical appeal, which is a very important aspect of one's personality.

However, every plastic surgeon needs to know his/her share of science and medicine too. All these procedures are far from simple and require years of studying as well as experience in order to restore one's body to a perfect shape. Plastic surgery studies last for about 6 years. During this period, future surgeons are taught how to treat burns, scars and how to perform general reconstructive surgery.

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