In the last three to four decades, plastic surgery has become a popular term but it is often misunderstood and misjudged. The availability of plastic surgery and the number of people undergoing it have increased very much. Celebrities and influential people undergoing these procedures have added to its popularity but has also led to a lot of speculation about what exactly ‘plastic surgery’ means.
The term plastic surgery is derived from a Greek word ‘plastikos’ which means ‘to mould’. The cosmetic and plastic surgeons perform this procedure by restoring function and form (appearance) of various human body parts. Plastic surgery can be of two kinds - reconstructive and aesthetic or cosmetic surgery. Reconstructive surgery is done to restore the function lost due to an accident, burns, cancer or birth defects whereas Aesthetic or cosmetic surgery is done to improve or change the appearance of a person. Plastic surgery is one field which includes a wide range of procedures done on all parts of the body, right from the hair to our feet.
Reconstructive surgery refers to surgery done on any part of the body to restore the normal function, be it face, nose, hands or any other part. Some patients are born with deformities like cleft lip and palate, deformed noses, abnormal hands, etc. Others may need reconstruction post accidents, burns, cancer removal, fractures, hand & foot microsurgery, etc. Removal of cancer from any part of the body is a deforming procedure and frequently needs reconstruction. Whether it is done for the face after mouth cancer or for the breast after cancer removal, Aesthetic & Reconstructive surgery does wonder to restore function and help patients in the process of recovery.
It is also called cosmetic surgery. Aesthetic surgery includes procedures that reshape and enhance areas of the body thus improving appearance and body image. Patients who have a positive outlook and realistic expectations about the appearance they wish to alter can be considered for aesthetic surgery. It is important to be well informed and aware of expected benefit and possible risk when choosing to undergo any aesthetic procedure. Aesthetic surgery should be a personal choice and not done for pleasing others.
Aesthetic surgery can be done for any area of the body but most commonly done procedures are:
• Breast augmentation or reduction
• Tummy tuck or Abdominoplasty to reduce the size of the tummy
• Rhinoplasty to alter the shape of the nose
• Eyelid surgery
The list is of course, endless. Many hospitals offer world-class Cosmetic Surgery in Mumbai with desired results. There are also non-surgical procedures like Fillers and Botox which help eliminate signs of ageing. Eyelid and face surgery takes years off the face, giving a rejuvenated look.
A popular procedure done by women is ‘Mommy Makeover’ which includes breast and tummy tightening to remove saggy skin. Unlike popular misconception, men opt for aesthetic surgery very often too. It may be for excess fat removal, tummy tightening, male breasts correction, facelift, and eyelid surgery.
Patients, who have lost a lot of weight, especially after pregnancies or bariatric surgery, are good candidates for aesthetic surgery to remove the excess skin and fat.
Over the last few decades, Aesthetic surgery has been brought to the common man (and woman) by celebrities talking about their personal experiences. Overall advances in the fields of technology, medical research and medical training, aesthetic surgery have become safer and easily accessible than ever before.
When considering aesthetic surgery for yourself, it is important to consult a certified and well trained plastic surgeon and choose a reputed institute offering comprehensive Cosmetic and Plastic surgery in Mumbai. A detailed consultation and an honest discussion are the stepping stones for a happy outcome. Come prepared for your first consultation with your queries and we will answer them for you!
Nanavati Max Hospital is a premier tertiary care institute with state-of-the-art operation theatres and recovery rooms. Our team will be with you every step of the way as you embark on this new journey!
Dr. Devayani Barve-Venkat (Consultant - Plastic, Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery)
Dr Devayani Barve-Venkat is trained in Aesthetic surgery in USA for three years and has been awarded the prestigious International Fellowship of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). She specialises in face-neck lifts, Blepharoplasty, Rhinoplasty, Aesthetic breast surgery, Abdominoplasty, Liposuction and Post bariatric surgery - Body contouring among others.