Plastic surgery

Plastic surgery in Peru

I recently returned from a medical mission in Qoya Peru.    The organization sponsoring the mission was Women for World Health.  Qoya is in the Sacred Valley about 40 kms from Macchu Picchu.    We saw a mixture of patients with clefts lips to burn scars.    It was exciting to have my sister-in-law Ginger along on the …

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Numbers of Plastic Surgery procedures increases as Economy improves

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released their statistics for 2010 yesterday.  The overall number of cosmetic procedures increased 5 % in 2010.  This may represent some pent-up demand as patients return who had put off cosmetic work when the economy was so unstable.  Reconstructive procedures also increased 2% in 2010 with breast reconstruction up …

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Cosmetic versus reconstructive surgery

Plastic surgery as a specialty encompasses both cosmetic as well as reconstructive surgery.  The definition of cosmetic surgery is surgery  “to improve on the normal”  whereas reconstructive surgery is surgery  ” to restore to normal form and function”.  In some cases it is clear –   repair of a cleft lip is clearly reconstructive surgery and liposuction of small …

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What is Plastic Surgery?

Plastic surgery has certainly  received a lot of media attention in the past few years especially with shows such as “Extreme Makeover”.  Despite all of this attention a lot is still not understood about plastic surgery.  First the name –  plastic surgery is derived form the Greek word Plastikos which means to bend or shape.   …

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