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Plastic Surgery Q&A

The decision to have any surgical procedure is one that requires care and consideration. There are several reasons you may choose to have plastic surgery. From reconstruction, to face or body enhancements, to correcting the visible signs of aging, plastic surgery has many uses. Here are a few things you should know when considering your own plastic surgery journey.

What is Plastic Surgery?

The term Plastic Surgery originates from the Greek word “plastikos” which means “to mold or to shape.” Plastic surgery, therefore, refers to any procedure which is performed in order to repair, reconstruct, or replace a physical feature or defect. Plastic surgery procedures may be performed on the skin, the musculoskeletal system, the body or breast, the extremities, or the genitalia. It is often used to reshape the features to create a more aesthetically-pleasing appearance.

Is there a Difference Between Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery?

Though the terms are often used interchangeably, plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery cover two separate disciplines within the same field. Cosmetic surgery is generally performed for aesthetic purposes, with the goal of enhancing the appearance of your face or body. Plastic surgery is performed reconstructively in order to repair the face or body due to trauma, defect, or disease. Naturally, there is some overlap between plastic and cosmetic surgery. No matter what type of procedure is being performed, the goal is always to have an esthetically-pleasing outcome.

How do I Know if Plastic Surgery is Right for Me?

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through eating a balanced, nutritious diet and a faithful exercise routine will go a long way in preserving your youth and vitality. Dr. Beck likes to think of plastic surgery as a complement to this lifestyle. There are things which you will not be able to change through diet and exercise such as the size of your breasts, the shape of your nose, or the way the skin on your face has aged. Those features and more can be enhanced through the skill, talent, and techniques of Dr. Joel Beck.

Will Everyone Know that I’ve had Plastic Surgery?

No. The goal of plastic surgery is never to make you look unnatural or as if you’ve had “work done.” In Dr. Beck’s skilled hands, your results will look natural and sophisticated. Many of your friends may not even be able to tell what is different about you, they will just know you look rejuvenated, refreshed, and younger. The secret stays between you and Dr. Beck.

How Long will the Result of Plastic Surgery Last?

The results of most plastic surgery procedures are long lasting. There is a degree of responsibility which you have in maintaining the results of a plastic surgery procedure. Whether you are having a facelift, liposuction, a tummy tuck, or laser skin resurfacing, you should commit to the care of your body and your overall health before undergoing any cosmetic procedure. Nothing can stop the ticking clock of time, but you can help to keep it at bay.

RealSelf Q&A with Joel B. Beck, MD, FACS

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