plastic surgery

noun

Definition of plastic surgery

: a branch of surgery 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 By 1990, Bierenbaum had relocated to Las Vegas and opened his own plastic surgery practice. Joseph Rhee, ABC News, 21 Oct. 2021 Bete’s first wonderful jokes about plastic surgery might reemerge suddenly in your memory, reminders of how deep one’s own skin-hatred can go. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 28 Aug. 2021 When the group first sat down for dinner, the conversation about plastic surgery continued and Wendy asked newcomer Mia Thornton about her history with procedures. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, 8 Aug. 2021 In 2017, a plastic surgery task force reported that 3 percent of plastic surgeons who performed the procedure had a patient die. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Sep. 2021 Last month, West dropped his tenth studio album, Donda, which is named after the Grammy winner's late mother Donda West, who died at the age of 58 following plastic surgery complications in 2007. Dan Heching, PEOPLE.com, 28 Sep. 2021 There’s a long tradition in Hollywood of actors changing their names and getting plastic surgery to flatten their ethnic identities out of existence. Sarah Seltzer, Time, 24 Sep. 2021 Labiaplasty – plastic surgery that alters the size of the labia minora – was reported to be the third most sought out surgery for British women in 2013 and statistics show that the procedure’s popularity has only grown in the time since. Gina Tonic, refinery29.com, 24 Aug. 2021 Finally, there was his showstopping performance at the Super Bowl LV halftime show, which included nods to Michael Jackson, a slick Givenchy suit, and a much-memed red carpet appearance involving plastic surgery bandages. Liam Hess, Vogue, 6 Aug. 2021

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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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27 Oct 2021

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“Plastic surgery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plastic%20surgery. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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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