plastic surgery

The Long History of Plastic Surgery

Thanks to TV, movies, and the internet, plastic surgery has been glamorized. And thanks to its incredible success, it’s been popularized. But how did plastic surgery get its start anyway? It’s a fairly new medicine field, right? Actually, it goes back a lot further than one would expect. Plastic Surgery in the Ancient World Chances …

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Lack of training in plastic surgery can be deadly

The medical field understands the difference between a residency trained “plastic surgeon” and a “cosmetic surgeon”. Unfortunately, many patients don’t understand this distinction. It is out of control. Gynecologists, internists, ER doctors… everyone is claiming they are “cosmetic surgeons”. Most with little to no formal training. Patients are getting mislead, patients are getting deformed and …

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Cheap and scary plastic surgery

Discounted, cheap plastic surgery usually implies shortcuts. Shortcuts on training, shortcuts on safety, shortcuts on attention to detail… In the USA today last week there was a series of articles on plastic surgery. One was titled, “Cosmetic surgery gets cheaper, faster, scarier”. There article discussed discounted, cheap plastic surgery and some of the risks involved. …

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plastic surgery in the movies

Plastic surgery isn’t what is portrayed in the movies and on television.  Drugs are not smuggled in breast implants, plastic surgeons are not surgically disguising criminals.   The “reality” of TV shows like The Swan and Extreme Makeover is that it is never the goal of plastic surgeons to make a patient virtually unrecognizable to their …

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