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

This tenet is significantly different from Sanders’s plan, in which private insurance would be duplicative in most instances, and only exist for a narrow set of health care needs that Medicare does not cover, such as plastic surgery. Li Zhou, Vox, "Kamala Harris’s Medicare-for-all plan, explained," 29 July 2019 But after two months in the hospital, 17 operations and a calf rebuilt by plastic surgery, the leg was saved. Mike Bianchi,, "Happy anniversary, football! | Commentary," 22 Aug. 2019 Reuters China, the world’s third-largest consumer of plastic surgery and an avid user of beauty filters on photo and video apps, is bringing self-enhancement into the financial domain. Jane Li, Quartz, "China’s obsession with looking good is filtering into facial-recognition payments," 3 July 2019 In world of plastic surgery and dermatology, there are a range of treatments available to help achieve smooth, tight skin on your forehead. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Treating Forehead Wrinkles," 11 June 2019 One decade later, after Murphy gave the world plastic surgery drama Nip/Tuck (the most bonkers medical show ever conceived, with its very own serial killer) Murphy birthed Glee., "The Hallmarks Of A Ryan Murphy Show," 4 June 2018 In 2017, a plastic surgery task force reported that three percent of plastic surgeons who performed the procedure had a patient die. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Is A Brazilian Butt Lift?," 28 July 2019 Kyle, Dorit, and Erika defend themselves against tabloid headlines and questions about plastic surgery and more, while Lisa opens up about her possible issues with food. Ew Staff,, "What to Watch on Tuesday: Camille goes after Kyle and Teddi at the Beverly Hills Housewives reunion," 23 July 2019 He is joined by his wife Connie, and Binh Nguyen, MD, a surgeon specializing in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery at the TriHealth Cosmetic Surgery & Rejuvenation Center, who saved James' leg with the use of reconstructive surgery. Trihealth,, "Health talk podcast: Healing through reconstructive surgery," 19 July 2019

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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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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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