Plastic Surgery 101

When people think about plastic surgery, images of overstretched facelifts and giant lips come to mind. And don’t forget about those eyebrows lifted so high that Captain Kirk would feel at home. But plastic surgery is a huge field that includes hand surgery, general reconstructive surgery, the care of burned patients, and the repair of congenital deformities like cleft lip and palate. That means that plastic surgeons restore a normal appearance – and sometimes normal function. But of course the part of plastic surgery you know the best is called cosmetic surgery. Liposuction, breast augmentations, nose jobs (whoops, we call those rhinoplasties), and more are what has made plastic surgery famous, even notorious.

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When people think about plastic surgery, images of overstretched facelifts and giant lips come to mind.  And don’t forget about those eyebrows lifted so high that Captain Kirk would feel at home.  But plastic surgery is a huge field that includes hand surgery, general reconstructive surgery, the care of burned patients, and the repair of congenital deformities like cleft lip and palate.  That means that plastic surgeons restore a normal appearance – and sometimes normal function.  But of course the part of plastic surgery you know the best is called cosmetic surgery.  Liposuction, breast augmentations, nose jobs (whoops, we call those rhinoplasties), and more are what has made plastic surgery famous, even notorious.

Plastic surgery has become wildly popular in the last decade.  In this blog, we’ll talk about the ridiculous – like giant breast augmentations – and the fascinating – like face transplants.  We’ll talk about what skin care works and what’s a waste of time … and money.  We’ll talk about procedures that work and those that might even be dangerous.  In the process, you’ll learn and become empowered - and you’ll pick up some great tidbits to tell at parties. 

Blog written by Arthur Perry, MD, FACS
Dr. Perry has over 2 decades of experience as a clinical surgeon and has been named to the “Best Doctors in the NY Area” book...