In general, it is people dissatisfied with the appearance of a part of their body who resort to plastic surgery. They turn to this means to improve their physical appearance and enhance their self-image.
Reconstructive surgery, which has been around longer than plastic surgery, is used to correct a physical deformity or dysfunction (e.g., a cleft lip) or to repair injuries caused by a previous injury or surgery (e.g., mastectomy). Generally speaking, reconstructive surgery is covered by health insurance, while plastic surgery is not.
Both reconstructive and plastic surgery is part of the larger field of plastic surgery.
The perception of plastic surgery has definitely taken a favorable turn; it is now more socially acceptable to speak openly about choosing to change your appearance. Nowadays, any night of the week, prime-time reality shows allow us to follow an ordinary person through a process of physical transformation. Some procedures (such as liposuction) are major, while others take no more than 30 minutes in the doctor's office. The desire to rectify and improve what Mother Nature has given us no longer has the same disapproval as it once did.
What People Are Looking For?
Internationally, the plastic procedures practiced most often are, among others, breast augmentation, liposuction, surgical intervention on the eyelids, and rhinoplasty (correction of the shape of the nose).
Traditionally, plastic surgery has been associated primarily with women, but men, too, are now using it to enhance their self-image; in fact, about 13% of plastic procedures are requested by men. Men aim to maintain and regain an air of youth and to give more tone to their bodies. To achieve these results, men can use procedures such as rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, breast reduction, and liposuction.
What You Should Do Before Any Plastic Surgery
While plastic surgery can give you a positive experience, it can also be devastating if you fall into the hands of an inexperienced or unqualified surgeon. Any doctor can hold the title of a plastic surgeon, including dermatologists and dentists. The plastic surgeon may have the extensive non-surgical experience, but no concrete surgical experience.
Here is a series of recommendations for your safety, that will help you choose the surgeon that is right for you.
- Confirm their credentials and license to practice medicine with your provincial college of physicians and surgeons, and check their records for disciplinary action or legal action.
- Ask the plastic surgeon how often he performs the procedure you are interested in and find out about the rates of complications.
- Confirm that the surgeon is authorized to admit patients to the hospital.
- Check whether the person responsible for anesthesia is duly qualified.
- Ask to see photos of patients the surgeon has operated on.
- Get well-explained recovery after surgery.