By Dr SS Shirol
Consultant Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon
Plastic surgery has always been a field of curiosity and confusion for the common man. This could partly be attributed to the name “Plastic” itself, many myths about the spectrum of the speciality. The National Plastic Surgery Day celebration began in 2011 with the aim of creating awareness among the public about the field. Every year, July 15 is being celebrated as World Plastic Surgery Day.
It is a proud feeling that the field of Plastic Surgery originated from India and Sushruta is regarded as the Father of Plastic Surgery. He performed various procedures, including reconstruction of a chopped nose with tissue from the forehead way back in 600BC. This procedure is still a standard surgery and called the Indian method for nose reconstruction. A lot of confusion created about the field is due to the term “Plastic”, which in Greek means to mould, coined by Von Graffe from Germany. The tissues are moulded to get the best functional and anaesthetic results.
Unlike other super specialities, Plastic Surgery is not limited to a particular organ (Brain and Spine-Neuro Surgery, Heart-Cardiac Surgery), age group (Children-Pediatrics Surgery) or disease (Cancer-Oncologist) or system (Endocrinologist).
The speciality deals with a newborn with constriction band syndrome, a child with cleft lip, joined fingers, vascular malformation etc. We also deal with adults having Gynecomastia, Trauma to the face, hands and soft tissues. Older age groups with sagging breasts, face-lift for aged face, tummy tuck for a loose tummy are also common.
The field deals with tissues from head to toe and is not limited to any single part of the body.
Some myths and facts
Myth: Plastic Surgery involves the use of plastic.
Fact: Plastic Surgery does not involve the use of plastic.
Myth: Plastic Surgery is for celebrities and rich people.
Fact: Most plastic surgery is for common men.
Myth: Plastic Surgery is Expensive
Fact: Most plastic surgery procedures are affordable and comparable to any other speciality.
Myth: Plastic Surgery will have no scars.
Fact: Like any surgery, Plastic Surgery too will have scars but they are minimal and inconspicuous due to fine tissue handling and skills.
Myth: Cosmetic Surgery is the same as plastic surgery.
Fact: Cosmetic surgery is a subspecialty of Plastic Surgery dealing with improving beauty.
COMMON COSMETIC SURGERY PROCEDURES
ACCESSORY BREST REDUCTION
EXCISION OF FACIAL LESIONS
COMMON PLASTIC SURGERY PROCEDURES
CLEFT LIP AND PALATE
SYNDACTYLY (JOINED FINGERS)
POLYDACTYLY (ACCESSORY FINGERS)
INJURY TO FINGERS, HAND, FACE
COMPOUND FRACTURES OF LEGS
Author: Dr SS Shirol is a consultant cosmetic and plastic surgeon, he can be contacted at Sampige Plastic Surgery Center, 3rd floor, Signature mall, airport road-Hubli 30. Email: [email protected]
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