Plastic surgery is a form of surgery that involves the process of reconstruction and alteration of any part of the human body to improve its shape and functioning. Plastic surgery is broadly classified into two categories; cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic surgery is plastic surgery that is performed to improve the appearance, shape, and size of any human body part. Examples of such procedures include rhinoplasty, facelift, tummy tuck, liposuction, etc. Reconstructive surgery is plastic surgery that is performed to reconstruct any human body part affected by any traumatic incidents, fatal accidents, natural calamities, disasters, birth defects, etc. There are several facts regarding plastic surgery and some of them have been mentioned below in this article. Let’s scroll further to know the details.
1. Use of Plastic
The word plastic in plastic surgery is derived from the Greek word “plastikos” which means formative, developing, malleable, and mouldable. Plastic surgery is a wider concept that includes both cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries. Both these categories of plastic surgery don’t include the use of plastic in any procedure. The actual material used in the procedures includes silicon, saline, gore-tex, and many more. The patient’s fat is also utilized in such procedures. One of the most common examples of using a patient’s fat is the process of BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift) in which that excess fat is sucked out from several parts of the body of the patient like the abdomen, back, thighs, etc and is reinjected into the hip area to increase the volume and improve the shape.
2. Aging Process
The concept of plastic surgery is done to improve the appearance of the individual. It doesn’t control or reverse the aging process. The actual aging process depends upon several other factors like lifestyle, diet, genetics, exercise, etc.
3. Age No Bar
Anyone can get plastic surgery done irrespective of age and gender. There are two ways of plastic surgeries; cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic surgeries are generally performed to improve the appearance of the individual while reconstructive surgeries are mostly performed to cure the natural physical appearance defects like cleft upper lip or to help the victims of burns, accidents, wars. etc. Though the doctors doest not recommend children to go for cosmetic surgeries as their appearances continue to change due to their growing age but reconstructive surgeries can be performed irrespective of the age of the person.
4. Plastic Surgery in America
According to several reports of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Americans spent more than 16.7 million dollars on several plastic surgeries including both invasive and non-invasive procedures in 2018. According to other reports also, the United States has the largest number of plastic surgeons in the entire world. Various plastic surgeries are performed by these surgeons including breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift), liposuction, facelift, neck lift, breast reduction, and many more.
5. Top Plastic Surgeries
The top 5 most famous plastic surgery procedures include nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, facelift, liposuction, and breast augmentation. According to the reports of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2020, 352,555 went for nose shaping surgical procedures. The second surgical procedure with maximum numbers is eyelid surgery followed by facelift, liposuction, and breast augmentation.
Before going for any plastic surgery, make sure that your plastic surgeon is board-certified by a renowned board and must have cleared all the oral and written examinations and certifications for this. Your surgeon should also have a good experience and positive reviews on several reputed review sites.
7. Father of Plastic Surgery
Many of you must be thinking that the concept of plastic surgery is the latest trend that came into the limelight after the 1990s. Surprisingly, as of 2022, the first plastic surgery was performed more than 200 years ago. It was performed by Sushutra who is known as the “father of plastic surgery.” This surgery was performed by him in India in 800BC. He is also considered responsible for the advancement of medicines and the concept of plastic surgery in India.
8. Non-Invasive Procedures
Facial injectables are one of the most common forms of non-invasive procedures that are mostly performed to improve the appearance of individuals by reducing the wrinkles, fine lines, and creases on the face. The most common facial injectables include Botox, Juvederm, Kybella, Sculptra Aesthetic, and many more.
9. Sweating and Migraine
You will be amazed to know that the usage of facial injectables like botox can help people to overcome the issue of excessive sweating which is known as hyperhidrosis and the condition of excess headache called migraines.
10. Liposuction in Males
Plastic surgeries are not only common in females but males also. One of the most common plastic surgeries performed in males is liposuction followed by facelifts and rhinoplasty. Liposuction is a procedure in which the excess fat is sucked out from several parts of the body like the abdomen, thighs, arms, hips, back, and many more. The procedure of liposuction is most common in Americans where thousands of people go through this method every year to achieve the desired aesthetic results. In 2015, more than 500,000 Americans went for liposuction procedures that included both men and women.
11. First Sign of Aging!
According to the studies, the neck is one of the most first areas on the body of the individual that shows the first signs of aging. Due to this, millions of people from all over the world opt to go for neck lifts and facelifts to reduce the early signs of aging.
12. First Plastic Surgery
Timmie Jean Lindsey was the first person in the world from America who went under the plastic surgery procedure to get the breast augmentation done by silicone implants. This procedure was performed in 1962 by the surgeon, Frank Gerow, at the hospital, Jefferson Davis Hospital, in Houston.
13. World War I and World War II
According to several sources, World War I and World War II have resulted in the introduction of several surgical and non-surgical procedures in the concept of plastic surgery. Some of the most famous such procedures include skin grafts and reconstruction of the limbs.
Many people don’t go for plastic surgeries for the fear that it can result in the growth of cancerous cells in the body that can be fatal for them, especially in the case of the breast augmentation procedures in which the silicon is implanted into the breast to increase the size. But the truth is such procedures don’t result in the occurrence of such fatal diseases. All the plastic surgeries are performed keeping in view the overall health of the person by the board-certified, well-talented, and experienced plastic surgeon. To ensure maximum safety, it must be noted that all such procedures must be performed by board-certified plastic surgeons who have years of experience and good reviews in several reputed review sites. Still, if the person feels any form of discomfort or pain, it is advisable to consult your doctor immediately.
Plastic surgeries also create scars on the body of the patients once they are performed irrespective of age or gender. But the experienced plastic surgeons focus to perform scarless surgeries where the scars are hidden effectively. One of the most common examples of such surgeries is facelift procedures in which the scars are hidden behind the ears. Sometimes the scars are hidden behind the wrinkles to give the patients the most natural look.
16. Trend of Beard
Several men are unable to grow full beards naturally. As a solution, such men can opt for facial hair transplants where the part of their body hair is transplanted on their face to give them a proper bearded look.
At the time of the renaissance, most plastic surgeries were performed at barbershops.
18. Plastic Surgery for the Dead
In Ancient Egypt, the concept of the afterlife held a very important role in their culture. They believed to perform several plastic surgeries on the dead to improve their looks. Such methods were followed to make the dead more beautiful, appealing, and attractive for their afterlives.
19. Social Media Influence
With the social media influence, many people are going through various surgical procedures to look better. People have confidence in natural beauty and prefer to go for shortcuts to look better in their social media pictures. This has also resulted in increasing the mental illness of the person who is always in urge to look better.
20. Brazilian Butt Lift
The fastest-growing trend in the world of plastic surgery is BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift) where the excess fat is sucked from several body parts of the patient and reinjected into the buttocks to increase their size and help to improve its shape. Several social media influencers, models, A-listed celebrities, etc are going under this procedure. This form of plastic surgery is a risky procedure and must be performed only by a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon.