plastic surgery


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.
Recent Examples on the Web Even before some lockdowns were lifted around the country this summer, interest in plastic surgery was already bubbling over as people were isolating. Rachel King, Fortune, "The Zoom effect: Why plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures might be more popular because of the pandemic," 3 Oct. 2020 Before the pandemic, Mills’ patients came to her for plastic surgery, laser treatments, body contouring and other cosmetic enhancements. Tatiana Sánchez,, "As California blazes rage, travel nurses fill critical need at fire camps," 20 Sep. 2020 In addition to amputation-prevention procedures, the Mission Surgery Center will handle several types of procedures including orthopedics, eye surgery, plastic surgery, general surgery, cardiology and pain management. Laura Garcia,, "Vascular surgeon plans to open South Side’s first accredited outpatient surgery center," 9 Sep. 2020 Thirty-seven victims with severe wounds were taken to Dhaka’s specialist burn and plastic surgery institute. Washington Post, "World Digest: Sept. 5, 2020," 5 Sep. 2020 In a very personal Instagram post, Ashley Tisdale just opened up about up about the state of her health — both mental and physical — and how it's been impacted by her decision to undergo plastic surgery. Megan Decker,, "Ashley Tisdale Says She Removed Her Breast Implants Following Health Issues," 17 Aug. 2020 There is a monstrous fossil big enough to camp in, some battlefield plastic surgery, gigantic holes, a starship shaped like male overcompensation, and cute children. Darren Franich,, "Raised by Wolves is a shaggy science-fiction saga with a bloody bite: Review," 27 Aug. 2020 The point of the blog, Tisdale says, is to promote an open dialogue about female health and how plastic surgery can have an impact. Megan Decker,, "Ashley Tisdale Says She Removed Her Breast Implants Following Health Issues," 17 Aug. 2020 As life expectancy increases, plastic surgery allows older adults to age gracefully, Tittle said. Natalie Walters, Dallas News, "Botox boom: COVID’s stay-at-home lifestyle and masks create ‘ideal’ time for secret plastic surgery," 23 Aug. 2020

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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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14 Oct 2020

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“Plastic surgery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of plastic surgery

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

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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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