What is Plastic Surgery?
Facial plastic surgery is a method used to reconstruct and repair physical deformities that are present at birth or caused by burns, injuries, disease or aging. It is a means of restoring and improving both function and appearance.
Tissue repositioning is the essence of plastic surgical technique. Tissue can be removed or transferred either locally or from a remote part of the body to another location where it may substitute for damaged, deformed or lost tissue.
The word plastic is derived from the Greek word plastikos, which means "to mold". It does not refer to the use of plastic materials, although implants are sometimes used in plastic surgery. We use a variety of techniques to remove or reposition tissue, including surgical incision and excision, electrosurgery, dermabrasion, laser surgery and chemical application and injection.
Realistic Expectations are Important
It is important that you have realistic expectations regarding facial plastic surgery. Surgery can improve your appearance or correct a physical dysfunction, but it will not solve personal problems or give you an entirely new face. Anyone searching for a miraculous transformation into an absolutely perfect or totally different person has expectations that exceed the reach of facial plastic surgery.
The goal of surgery is simply to restore function, or to enhance appearance and improve facial harmony and balance. Facial features can be refined but not totally changed.
Surgical procedures also affect individuals in different ways. Having facial plastic surgery is not like going to the health club or beauty parlor. You must expect temporary swelling, discoloration, and other minor discomforts, and you must realize that surgery is not an exact, predictable science. The level of improvement may not live up to your expectations in every way. The degree of success depends not only on the surgeon's skills, but also on your age, health, skin texture, bone structure and specific needs.