For some, choosing to undergo plastic surgery is a big personal decision. For others, choosing to undergo plastic surgery is the difference between having a simple and complicated life ahead of them. We understand that many people don’t know the differences between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery, and are sensitive to the fact that many are worried about being judged for the connotation associated with the two. Let’s go over which plastic surgery actually entails and how it changes lives.
What is Plastic Surgery?
Plastic surgery is a set of surgical procedures that help improve the insecurities of the patient while restoring the function and wholeness of the affected area of the body. The word “plastic” in plastic surgery has nothing to do with the materials used to help patients, rather it refers to the Greek word plastikē which means “the art of modeling” or the ability to mold.
What Makes Plastic Surgery Different from Cosmetic Surgery?
While the two terms have become synonymous over the years, plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are not at all the same. While, yes, both specialties are similar in their goal to enhance the body’s appearance, the outcomes of their practices are very different. Cosmetic surgery is solely focused on the physical appearance of the body – the body’s symmetry, proportion, and aesthetic appeal. While plastic surgery takes these factors into account it also takes into account the function of the affected area, restoring the patient’s use of the area to full or almost full capacity.
Plastic Surgery Can Be Life-Changing
Many patients turn to the expertise of a plastic surgeon after dealing with the results of a trauma, disease, congenital disorder, or tragic accident. Most often, we see patients coming into our office looking for us to restore the function of their affected areas with an enhanced appearance through:
- Hand reconstruction
- Scar revision surgery
- Breast reconstruction
- Burn repair
- Mohs or skin cancer surgery closure
- Congenital defect repair
Let Us Help You Boost Your Self-Esteem
Restoring the appearance and functionality of the affected area is really only half the benefits patients receive from undergoing plastic surgery. The results of plastic surgery also help restore and boost our patients’ self-confidence. When you look your best, you feel your best. The same goes for the result of any traumatic life event. Let us help you rebuild your confidence by looking like your true self, inside and out, through the wonders of plastic surgery.
If you are interested in learning more about which plastic surgery procedures can help the appearance and functionality of your affected area, call our office today to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Beam or his Nurse Practitioners. They’ll evaluate your condition, listen to your concerns and develop a fully-customized treatment plan centered on your budget, lifestyle and ultimate goals.