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Plastic Surgery Humor – Being Plastic

 

Because plastic surgery has the word ‘plastic’ in it, many have historically assumed that much of this surgical endeavor involves putting in plastic materials to achieve its effects. Besides the material, many overdone cosmetic procedures such as very tight-looking facelifts or having abnormally enlarged breasts have become associated with looking ‘plastic’. Thus the name Plastic Surgery connotes to some both a material use and a potential effect of its efforts.

To a small degree, both perceptions have some truth in them. Many procedures in plastic surgery do involve the placement of synthetic materials to create various cosmetic facial and body contouring effects. Technically most of these face and body implants are not really plastic by material composition but differing polymeric materials that are nonetheless synthetic. Augmented body parts that are in disproportion to the rest of the body does often make for tighter skin which can look a little unnaturally smooth and ‘plastic’ in appearance.

But the reality is that the name Plastic Surgery has a much more nobler heritage. The name is actually derived from the Greek word Plastikos , meaning to mold, shape or form. For from a broader perspective that is what all plastic surgery procedures ultimately achieve whether it is for reconstructive or aesthetic purposes. And this field of medicine has been around long before plastic materials were ever invented or overdone cosmetic changes were even possible or envisioned.

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Dr. Barry EppleyDr. Barry Eppley

Dr. Barry Eppley is an extensively trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is both a licensed physician and dentist as well as double board-certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training allows him to perform the most complex surgical procedures from cosmetic changes to the face and body to craniofacial surgery. Dr. Eppley has made extensive contributions to plastic surgery starting with the development of several advanced surgical techniques. He is a revered author, lecturer and educator in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

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