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How Plastic Surgeons Got Their Name

We tend to think of plastic surgery as a recent phenomenon, but plastic surgery actually has a long history. Plastic surgeons can do a lot more than just cosmetic surgery, too – in order to get their board certification, they undergo extensive training in a variety of different therapies, techniques, and surgeries. Here’s what to know about plastic surgeons and why you should seek one out for your cosmetic procedure.

How did plastic surgeons get their name?

The term plastic surgery is derived from the word “plastike,” which is Greek for “the art of molding or sculpting.” The practice started in India in 800 BC, where people made fake noses out of forehead flaps. The Ancient Egyptians took it further and used plastic surgery to restore ears and lips. Plastic surgery became more of a recognized medical practice in the 19th and 20th centuries where it gradually evolved into what we know it as today.

What is plastic surgery?

Plastic surgeons use different surgical techniques to restore the appearance of different parts of the body, or make them look better than they did before. It can be either cosmetic or reconstructive. Cosmetic surgery is only done to enhance parts of the body the patient may not like, such as the breasts or eyes. Reconstructive plastic surgery, on the other hand, is used in the case of injury, burns, genetic defects, or an accompaniment to other surgical procedures. It can improve the function of a specific body part, but it can also be done to make the patient look more normal.

What techniques do plastic surgeons use?

There are a variety of different techniques that plastic surgeons can use to enhance certain areas or create a new appearance. These include:

  • Skin grafts: A plastic surgeon can take unaffected skin from one area of the body and use it to great effect on another area of the body
  • Skin flap surgery: During skin flap surgery, a plastic surgeon can remove a piece of tissue, as well as the blood vessels, from one part of the body and put it on another. The blood vessels ensure the tissue remains alive. It’s referred to as flap surgery because the healthy tissue usually stays partly attached to the body when it’s repositioned.
  • Tissue expansion: During this procedure, a plastic surgeon can stretch the skin and tissue (for placement of an implant, for example).
  • Fat transfer or grafting: In this procedure, a plastic surgeon corrects unevenness by taking fat from one place in the body and putting it in another.
  • Vacuum closure: A plastic surgeon uses a sterile piece of gauze or foam to apply suction to a wound. This draws out the fluid and allows it to heal.

Other procedures could include scar revision, cosmetic tattooing, or even prosthetic limbs.

How do I choose a plastic surgeon?

There are several things you should consider before you book a consultation with a plastic surgeon. These include:

  • Second opinions: Make sure to consult at least two doctors before you pick one.
  • Board certification: Your plastic surgeon should be board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
  • Hospital priviledges: Your plastic surgeon should be in good standing with local hospitals and have priviledges to use their facilities.
  • Bedside manner: Your plastic surgeon should make you feel comfortable, heard, and satisfied with the answers to your questions.

If you’re in the Minnesota area, Dr. Christopher Kovanda is available to consult with you on your goals and reccomend the best course of action with a customized plan.

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Plastic surgery is a big step. You shouldn’t take it without consulting a plastic surgeon and finding out about your chosen procedure and the risks involved, and whether you would be a good candidate. If you live in Minneapolis and are considering plastic surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kovanda to find out how he can help you look your best.

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