Differences between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery

Plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are two closely related types of surgery with some differences. While plastic surgery aims to correct form and function of body parts; cosmetic surgery places more emphasis on the enhancement of one’s appearance.

Various fields come under plastic surgery besides cosmetic surgery. You find hand surgery, craniofacial surgery, microsurgery, burn surgery and pediatric surgery. All these types of plastic surgery concentrate more on improving one’s body functions, and in the process may change one’s appearance.

Uses of plastic and cosmetic surgeries

Basically, plastic surgery is carried out to correct impairments and abnormalities of the body. This could include fixing bone fractures, burns, infections, physical abnormalities and removal of cancers and tumors. Sometimes people use plastic surgery even for cleft lip surgery, breast reconstruction in Houston, and for creating an ear if one is absent.

In case of cosmetic surgery, it is used for changing or improving one’s appearance. While plastic surgeons can carry out cosmetic surgery as they are trained in it during their plastic surgery training, Houston plastic surgeons don’t normally carry out plastic surgery.

Cosmetic surgery procedures

There are various cosmetic surgery procedures that people undergo today for some reason or the other. They are:

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, that helps reshape the eyelids and even helps apply a permanent eyeliner.

Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, helps in reshaping and firming the abdomen.

Mammoplasty helps enhance the appearance of one’s breasts. Breast augmentation uses fat grafting or silicone gel implants to give bigger breasts while breast reduction Houston helps in removing skin and glandular tissue to give smaller breasts. Breast lift Houston, or mastoplexy, lifts or reshapes breasts to make them less saggy.

4. Butt Lift Houston

Buttock augmentation enhances the buttocks using silicone or fat grafting.

5. Chemical Peels

Chemical peels minimizes facial scars caused by acne or pock and also helps decrease freckles, wrinkles and other facial damages.

6. Houston Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty reduces and reshapes labia while rhinoplasty is a nose job. Otoplasty is cosmetic surgery used to enhance one’s ears while rhytidectomy or face lift helps remove wrinkles and signs of aging from the face.

7. Liposuction Houston

Liposuction, chin augmentation, cheek augmentation and various other cosmetic surgical procedures are carried out to enhance different parts of the body, as required by an individual.

Every year, there is an increase in the number of people undergoing some form of cosmetic surgery or the other. People too carry out plastic surgery, but more out of necessity and not on their own will.

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