Plastic Surgery! We know we have your attention.
And why not! A few thousand dollars and you are 10 years younger!
With technology advancing at the speed of light, risks have been reduced too!
There are so many naysayers when it comes to plastic surgery. But what is the truth?
How safe it actually is? What are the side effects? Is it really covered in health insurance?
Find out answers to these question and more!
What Exactly Is Plastic Surgery?
Plastic surgery is a branch of medical practice used to boost the artistic features of the body or used to restore the damage of any body parts due to accidents.
The word plastic is arrives from a Greek word ‘plastikos’. Plastikos means giving form or molding for aesthetic or beautification. Hence, there is a belief that plastic surgery is artificial or fake one is a misconception.
Plastic surgery consists of cosmetic and non-cosmetic surgeries, aesthetic surgery, microsurgery, reconstructive surgery which are classified into invasive and non-invasive procedures.
How Old Is Plastic Surgery?
It is not something modern society has developed.
It is being practiced since ancient times in multiple countries and societies.
- In 600 B.C. in ancient India, the first plastic surgery was performed on a nose. Skin from mainly cheek and forehead and from other parts of the body was removed and used for the reshaping of the nose. During the healing process, wooden tubes were inserted in nostrils for air passage.
- In ancient Rome, plastic sugary was started as to means to remove body scars. Soldiers of Rome were too scared of the scars on their back and it was considered as depicted and shameful for turning their back in the war. Hence, they used to remove their scars through the ancient plastic surgery techniques.
- The ancient Egyptians used to make surgical changes on their dead bodies but not on the living ones.(Strange? Not at all! Egyptians are firm believers in life after death and rebirth).
But What About Plastic Surgery In Modern Era? Who Started This Whole Charade Of Customizing Facial Features?
The 15th-century Italian surgeon, Gaspare Tagliacozzi is considered to be the father of modern day plastic surgery.
Dr. Yves-Gerard Illouz invented the modern liposuction technique using blunt cannulas for fat removal was developed in France in the year 1977. He performed this surgery on women for the first time, which had a lipoma or fat growth on her back. He created history with this surgery leaving no scars on her back.
In the 17th century, Britishers started using techniques of plastic surgery. when they saw a British driver getting his nose fixed by an Indian mason. They adopted the ancient surgery procedures and made advancements in it. Since then they were using these techniques in all over Europe.
There are so many misconceptions and myths about plastic surgery in the minds of people.
Let us check out some interesting topics regarding Plastic Surgery.
Myths About Plastic Surgery
Plastic Surgery Looks Unnatural
Well, unless you over do it, there is a very small chance that will look a bit unnatural.
Being realistic is the key here. Trying to conjure something from thin air will always land you in trouble.
Liposuction Fat Will Return!
Then why do people do it? Fat will not return unless you fall back into the unhealthy lifestyle and gain weight. And even then , it is most likely that the fat will get deposited somewhere else, which might create an uneven looking body part. Yikes!
Way Too Expensive!!
While most of the 4 billion dollars cosmetic product industry would want you to believe this, this is not ENTIRELY true.
A small procedure like getting rid of stretch marks or minor spots can cost you up to $400-$500.
Surgeries like breast augmentation are a bit expensive, starting from anywhere near $10000.
Another myth regarding breast surgery is that the silicones have to be replaced frequently. You don’t have to replace these bags unless they start leaking, which rarely happens (depending upon various factors, like childbirth to gravity).
Plastic Surgery Is Not Covered In Health Insurance.
Wel, if you just to improve your looks, then you have another thing coming.
Plastic surgeries which are essential for solving health issues are covered by health insurance.
US president bill Clinton first time put forward a bill stating that the insurance policies will also cover the cost of plastic surgery.
The bill also covered breast augmentation and achieving symmetry between unsymmetrical shapes of the breast. This was a strong relief for plastic surgeons and their patients.
Here Are Some Interesting Facts About Plastic Surgery
Because of video chatting, more and more people have started to go under the knife. According to a survey, more than a whopping 35000 chin augmentation surgeries were performed.
Here are some more mind-boggling statistics regarding plastic surgery:
- Americans spent more than 13.5 billion on combined surgical and nonsurgical procedures in 2015.
- The most popular surgical procedure was liposuction with 396,048 procedures performed.
- Cosmetic procedures have increased by 39% over the past five years (from 2011) with surgical procedures up 17% and nonsurgical procedures up 44%.
- Women had more than 11.5 million cosmetic procedures, 90.5% of the total.
- Botox was the most performed non-surgical procedure.( 4,267,038 procedures)
- Liposuction and Breast Augmentation were the top 2 surgical procedure.( (396,048 and 305,856 respectively.)
- Breast augmentation and nose reshaping are the two most famous plastic surgeries performed all over the world. Including women involved in plastic surgery only 9% men of it and 91% women all over the world statistics.
Side Effects From Plastic Surgery
We understand the insecurity women feel when they are not comfortable with their looks and are considering going under the knife.
But is it really worth the trouble and most importantly, is it worth all the money we are going to spend?
Botox: Did you know that Clostridium botulinum AKA our beloved Botox is a volatile chemical substance? Rashes, insensitivity, loss of control over facial muscles are some of the possible side effects of Botox.
Scarring: Especially in the case of liposuction and breast augmentation, scars develop over the entry wounds caused when inserting surgical equipment.
Implant Rejection: Our antibodies may not always accept foreign elements like a silicone bag. When our body rejects an implant, microbes get deposited on them causing problems like uneven looking skin.
These are some of the side effects that may affect your aspirations to look better.
So, is it really worth it? Trying a skin care cream or serum before going under the knife makes much more sense.
Let us know what do you feel about plastic surgery after reading this post.
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