So, you’ve decided to go under the knife. How do you know what doctor to look for? Are you going to have cosmetic or plastic surgery? Knowing the difference helps first: refine searches. Second: talk easily to your surgeon about your desired procedure….
History is involved. Soldiers recovering in war gave birth to plastic surgery. Start your journey after four children and you’ll swear you gave birth to cosmetic surgery.
Children, no children, solider or not, the same ol’ reason people have been going under the knife for decades is the same. People want to look better. Plastic surgery or cosmetic, two distinctions help you understand the difference.
Plastic surgery (and a little history).
Wendy Lewis of Plastic Makes Perfect says the father (and New Zealand decedent) of plastic surgery in Britain is Sir Harold Gillies. Trumped by his cousin, Archibald McIndoe. Mclndoe worked with Gillies in the Second World War returning pilots from a burn ward to a “normal” life. Instrumental in founding the British Association of Plastic Surgery, while Gillies established plastic surgery disciplines. A mere 75 years ago.
Flash forward to cosmetic surgery.
Time is Botox. A non-invasive procedure; elective. 15 years since Botox was introduced to the U.S and you can hardly tell the age on anyone’s face using it. Injectable solutions are in abundance with effects lasting as long as two years. Women and men may seek a more permanent solution. Operative word: permanent. Misleading since most invasive procedures only last 10 years. Elective, invasive, and therefore cosmetic surgery.
Cosmetic surgery was not born out of necessity like returning a man to his pre-war injury free body some say.
I am here to tell you the war fought in the delivery room may never repair itself without medical intervention either.
Different wars fought in different fields, but after reading this you should be able to clearly identify the purpose of either one!
Plastic surgery is to repair things beyond your control like birth defects, burns and the like. Although both can be elective, only one is about a patients personal pursuit of their ideal aesthetic.
So, when you have a conversation with a surgeon about a Brazilian butt lift (aka BBL) you are talking about cosmetic surgery. If you are talking about cosmetically enhancing a deformed ear you were born with you are talking to a surgeon about plastic surgery. Either way, the surgeon is fixing something. Now you know.
Note Worthy: Instagram had more hits on Plastic Surgery where Google had more for Cosmetic Surgery.
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