Plastic surgery, in it's most basic approach, is performed to change a patient's appearance via reconstructing facial and body tissue. This can be an option needed to correct a birth defect, disorder or disease. Additionally, plastic surgery is widely used merely for for cosmetic purposes.

Thereby, plastic surgery is divided into two major areas:

  1. Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
  2. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

Patients with developmental deformities or birth defects are usually candidates for reconstructive plastic surgery. In the United States alone, over one million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures are performed each year.

A variety of reasons for reconstructive plastic surgery include:
  • diseases
  • developmental abnormalities
  • birth defects
  • tumors
  • trauma related incidents
Cleft Palate and Cleft Lip procedures are just a couple of the many reconstructive plastic surgery procedures routinely performed to help improve body function and appearance. Body abnormalities and facial correction are the two main reasons for this type of plastic surgery.

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

There are numerous differing cosmetic plastic surgery procedures done each year in the U.S. and the numbers are growing. Oddly enough, the numbers of male patients has increased three-fold over the past decade.

The following is a common list of cosmetic plastic surgery options:

  • Facelifts
  • Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
  • Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping)
  • Breast Enlargement (Breast Augmentation)
  • Ear Pinning
  • Cheek, Jaw, and Chin Reshaping
  • Chemical Peel
  • Collagen and other injectable fillers
  • Liposuction
  • Forehead Lifts
  • Hair Follicle Replacement

Plastic Surgery Overview

Cosmetic plastic surgery can help self esteem, but is rarely covered by health insurance. Finding a certified plastic surgeon should be met with meticulous research and several patient referrals. Regardless of which procedure a patient is seeking, plastic surgery is not a minor process.

Possible Complications Associated with Plastic Surgery

  1. infections
  2. excessive bruising
  3. uncontrolled bleeding
  4. side-effects of anesthesia
  5. wound healing issues

How to Prepare for Plastic Surgery

Medical history, age and overall health of the patient are just a few factors that can help determine how well your surgery goes. Several studies have shown that various homeopathic immune boosters taken several days in advance of the surgery can assist in avoiding the bruising and wound healing issues. Also, good basic nutritional habits can help recovery.