plastic surgery

noun
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

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

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

Recent Examples of plastic surgery from the Web

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First Known Use of plastic surgery

circa 1837


PLASTIC SURGERY Defined for English Language Learners

plastic surgery

noun

Definition of plastic surgery for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

plastic surgery

noun

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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