What is the first though that comes to your mind when you hear plastic surgery? Most people can relate to reconstruction of the face through plastic surgery, agree? Well, there is so much more to this surgical process apart from changing faces or making them artificially beautifully. There are many advantages of this surgery as well as various areas where people can benefit from plastic surgery. Onlymyhealth reached out to Dr. Arjun Handa, MBBS, MS – General Surgery, DNB – Plastic Surgery and Dr Shruti Marwah, MBBS, MS MCH Plastic Surgery to get answers of some commonly asked questions about plastic surgery. Read on to know about them.
1. How plastic surgery is done?
Plastic surgery is a wide branch and includes cosmetic, reconstructive, pediatric plastic surgery and microsurgery, and post-cancer reconstruction to name a few. Therefore, it addresses all parts of the body from head to toe. It is performed under local or general anaesthesia. It also includes non-surgical methods like lasers etc.
2. Can plastic surgery remove scars?
People who have unsightly acne scars and haven’t got results with other treatments are considering plastic surgery a viable option. But can this method aid acne scar treatment? Yes. According to doctors, it can remove scars to the extent that they become imperceptible. Scar removal can be done surgically or even non surgically by laser, micro-needling, fat grafting etc.
3. Why plastic surgery is expensive?
We all that plastic surgery is not an economical option and it is a notion that only rich can afford such a surgery. Doctors explains why plastic surgery is expensive.
Plastic surgery requires a high level of skill to execute, and high precision to give aesthetic and successful results. It involves not only the expertise of the doctor but also high-cost infrastructure like OT, skilled staff, and specialised instruments. They raise the cost of surgery. With the advancement in technology, the cost is reducing by the day.
4. Is plastic surgery painful?
Surgery is synonymous to pain and which is why one of the queries on Internet is if plastic surgery is painful. NO, it is not painful. The entire procedure is done under local or general anaesthesia. Patients don't feel anything during the process. However, this is when you get it done from an experienced plastic surgeon.
5. Is plastic surgery good or bad?
Whether it is good or bad is an individual's opinion. For people who seek improvements in their appearance to boost their confidence or whose profession requires them to look presentable and attractive, it is a boon. Can plastic surgery change face? Yes, it can make changes to the face in a manner that can be life-changing. But plastic surgery should be realistic and results natural.
6. Can plastic surgery remove stretch marks?
Stretch marks are of two types- red and white. Red stretch marks are immature and more amenable to treatment and white stretch marks are mature and relatively resistant to treatment. The best treatment for stretch marks is CO2 laser and not surgery. It gives very good results. The best time to start laser is when they are red and fresh, apart from creams.
7. Can plastic surgery change face shape?
You must have seen actors, actresses getting plastic surgery done to reconstruct a part of their face such as nose, lips, etc. Well, that pretty much explains that plastic surgery can change your face. According to
Yes, it can change face shape. Surgeons get a lot of patients who undergo facial feminisation procedures like jawline shaping, forehead advancement and rhinoplasty which change the masculine shape to feminine.
These are some of the common questions that most people have in mind. We hope that we were able to resolve them for you. Now, you can decide whether or not to consider plastic surgery for any sort of body or face reconstruction.
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