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Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

A Brief History of Plastic Surgery


The word "plastic" has come to mean "artificial" to people in our society today, but that's not where plastic surgery gets its name. The "plastic" in plastic surgery derives from "plastikos," a Greek word that means "to mold or shape."

Although we tend to think of cosmetic surgery when someone mentions plastic surgery, plastic surgeons have a long history of performing physical reconstruction. Skin grafts, which are a form of plastic surgery, were performed in India as long ago as 800 B.C. By the fourth century A.D., surgeons in Byzantium had developed fairly sophisticated methods of fine suturing to prevent scarring.

More significant reconstruction became part of the plastic surgery universe in the 18th century, when an American surgeon repaired a cleft palate, and in the 19th century the development of general anesthesia for surgery helped make plastic surgery more widely acceptable once people realized they no longer had to be wide awake to experience pain. Surgery in general became more commonplace as antibiotics and an understanding of the importance of modern sanitary measures made all forms of surgery less dangerous.

World War I, which maimed thousands of soldiers, was the crucible in which many plastic surgery specialists were formed. Doctors developed methods for reconstructing ears, noses, jaws and eyes, and compared notes across national boundaries after the war.

New techniques and materials are continually being developed in plastic surgery that can repair an ever-wider range of physical deformities, and many that make cosmetic surgery procedures easier, more comfortable, and more affordable than ever before.

Choosing to have plastic surgery is an important decision, and so is selecting a plastic surgeon.

You have undoubtedly visited many web sites in search of information about breast augmentation , breast lift , Face Lift , Lips Surgery, Skin Care and other procedures . But, how do you know if the information you've gleaned is accurate? The web is cluttered with myths about cosmetic surgery. For example, the Internet is spattered with claims that liposuction is always better than a tummy tuck , that breast lift will fix saggy breasts, that  facelifts are effective, that laser hair removal is painless and permanent, that endoscopic brow lifts last 20 years, and that laser will remove stretch marks and cellulite . NONE of these claims are true, and there are endless other examples. This site will help you separate fact from fiction. You might even find information here that your plastic surgeon did not tell you.


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