plastic surgery

noun

Definition of plastic surgery 

: a branch of concerned with improving the function or appearance of parts of the body through reconstructive or cosmetic medical procedures also : a procedure performed for such a purpose

Note: Reconstructive plastic surgery deals mainly with the surgical repair or restoration of an injured, lost, diseased, defective, or misshapen part or area. It typically involves the grafting of tissue (such as skin or cartilage) from one part of the body to another. Cosmetic or aesthetic plastic surgery focuses on enhancing appearance and includes surgical procedures (such as blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, and breast augmentation) as well as nonsurgical procedures (such as chemical peels and botulinum toxin injections).

Examples of plastic surgery in a Sentence

He needed plastic surgery on his face after the car accident.

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Jane Fonda, 80-year-old feminist icon, has no time for anyone aiming to embarrass her over her choice to undergo plastic surgery — including friend and costar Lily Tomlin. Melissa Minton, Allure, "Jane Fonda Shaded Lily Tomlin and Megyn Kelly During Her Today Show Interview," 16 Jan. 2018 More: As stigma lifts, more men opt for plastic surgery — from 'torso tucks' to Botox More: Used car prices hit a 13-year high as more late-model cars come off lease More: Java jolt! David Pan, USA TODAY, "Taco Bell introduces its latest watermelon freeze with candy 'seeds'," 16 June 2018 The President re-raises the idea that his wife had plastic surgery, which was raised by a total of 0 credible media outlets. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "The 49 wildest quotes from Donald Trump's bananas interview with Fox News," 15 June 2018 Petplan, an insurance company, estimates that pet parents dropped $62 million in 2011 on plastic surgery for their little angels. Peter Haldeman, New York Times, "The Secret Price of Pets," 4 July 2018 Jeffrey Janis, the society's president said the stigma around plastic surgery is disappearing and more men are willing to give it a try. Editors, USA TODAY, "Are we headed for a California breakup?," 13 June 2018 Her absence has created lots of speculation and has given way to conspiracy theories that range from plastic surgery, a move back to New York City, a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller, and even concealing domestic abuse. refinery29.com, "Melania Trump Is Set To Make Her First Public Appearance In Weeks," 4 June 2018 Steven Teitelbaum, an associate clinical professor of plastic surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and an investigator on the Kybella clinical trials, Instagrammed himself speaking at a plastics conference in New York City. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The Kybella Debate: Why Some Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists Are Reconsidering the Chin-Slimming Injectable," 30 May 2018 Some people are making speculations about plastic surgery; others, much more cynically, about spousal abuse. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Where’s Melania?," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of plastic surgery

circa 1837, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of plastic surgery was circa 1837

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plastic surgery

noun

English Language Learners Definition of plastic surgery

: surgery that improves or repairs the form or appearance of body parts

plastic surgery

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Medical Definition of plastic surgery 

: a branch of surgery concerned with the repair, restoration, or improvement of lost, injured, defective, or misshapen parts of the body chiefly by transfer of tissue also : an operation performed for such a purpose

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