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A Brief Overview of Plastic Surgery

If you are considering plastic surgery to change your appearance, you should know about plastic surgery from both a historical and a modern point of view.

As an elective surgery, plastic surgery doesn’t often get the objective coverage it should. Proponents crow about the positive effects, while critics argue the opposite. Rarely does either group actually quote anything that is indisputable about plastic surgery.

Early Plastic Surgeons

Plastic surgery has a long history. Sushruta, an Indian surgeon, is the first known plastic surgeon, providing nose reconstruction services in the 8th century B.C. The Romans were known to perform plastic surgery procedures to alter the appearance of ears. Plastikos is the base word for plastic surgery, meaning to mold something in Greek. John P. Mettauer is generally agreed to be the first plastic surgeon in the United States, practicing in the 1820s. 

A Modern Look

In more modern times, plastic surgery has come on strong as a method for changing appearances. The most common procedures in order of popularity are liposuction, breast surgery, nose reshaping, eyelid lifts, tummy tucks, and facelifts. In the last ten years, the number of plastic surgery procedures has quadrupled as the specialty has gained greater acceptance and publicity with celebrities and on television shows.

A Changing Demographic

When one thinks about plastic surgery, most assume it’s women who have their appearance modified. Although roughly 80% of all plastic surgery patients are women, the demographic is starting to shift. While 20 percent of patients are now men, the figure is growing. Like women, men seek liposuction, nose reshaping, tummy tucks, and lifts. No, they typically don’t go in for breast enlargements, although breast reductions are growing in popularity.

Somewhat controversially, teenagers are also getting plastic surgery in growing numbers. Individuals under 18 most often focus on procedures related to the skin, with skin peels and microdermabrasion procedures accounting for more than half of all procedures.

Historically, plastic surgery was a relatively uncommon procedure. As this brief overview reveals, media exposure and lower prices mean that is simply no longer the case.

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Athré Facial Plastics offers a wide range of facial plastic surgery options and non-surgical cosmetic and skincare treatments. Find the right one for you by contacting our office at (281) 557-3223 or by clicking the button below to request a virtual consultation.

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Dr. Athré is one of the few cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons in Houston who is a double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, certified in Otolaryngology, Head/Neck Surgery, and Facial Plastic Surgery.

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