Introduction and History of Plastic Surgery
Although we consider Plastic Surgery as a relatively new medical speciality, it has roots that are more than 4000 years old in India dating back to the bronze age or the Indus valley civilisation. The Vedic period (5000 years B.C) in Indian history has most of the medical research translated into Sanskrit from the manuscripts of the Indus valley civilisation. This was the time when the four Vedas, namely the Rig Veda, the Samaveda, the Yajur Veda, and the Atharvaveda were compiled. ‘Sushruta Samhita’ the father of plastic surgery, is believed to be a part of Atharvaveda.
Ancient Study of Plastic Surgery – Relevant Even Today
Sushruta Samhita’ is a compilation that describes the tradition of surgery in ancient Indian medicine. This deep-rooted research is considered as one of the most detailed studies of the Indian medical literature. The compilation contains detailed descriptions based on the teachings and practice of the great ancient surgeon Sushruta and has significant surgical knowledge which is relevant even today.
When is Plastic Surgery Used?
Plastic surgery is done mostly as a repair for:
- Abnormalities that have existed from birth like a cleft lip, trauma caused due to any accident/burns, stuck fingers, and birthmarks.
- Areas on the body which get severely damaged due to the removal of cancerous tissues, especially from the face or the breast.
Plastic surgery is an advanced repair surgery that can reconstruct the damaged tissue caused by problems that may develop in later stages of life such as:
- Cancer: To repair the skin or improve appearance after the removal of cancerous tissue from places such as the breast or face
- Infection: To remove dead tissue and repair the surrounding area
- Other conditions: Deformities caused by rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and facial palsy etc., can also be repaired with a plastic surgery.
How Can Plastic Surgery Benefit you?
Plastic surgery is an aesthetic and artistic surgical procedure typically done to improve a person’s appearance and personality. However, improving appearance is just one of the many benefits that plastic surgery can provide. If you are considering a plastic surgery procedure, these are a few advantages you might gain with your decision.
A Plastic Surgery Procedure Can Build Up lost Self-Confidence
Plastic surgery can also help a person regain their lost self-esteem and confidence, following a surgery.When your appearance is more attractive, you feel good. Adding an improvement to your appearance naturally, leads to the enhancement of personal confidence in most people. Plastic surgery not only has ways to improve facial looks but also has procedures involved that enhance a complete body. This can help you be more outspoken and participate in activities they usually tend to avoid before surgery, due to discomfort with your appearance.
Improved Physical Health
Some plastic surgery procedures can improve your physical health along with your looks. For example, a rhinoplasty or nose reshaping surgery can not only improve the aesthetic look of your nose but also reduces problems you might face while breathing. A Breast reduction surgery improves body contour and provides a symmetrical look and can also relieve physical discomforts joint pains and skin irritation from disproportionate and heavy breasts.
Enhanced Mental Health
Mental health is an important part of everyone’s life. Physical appearance plays a vital role in maintaining a balance between physical appearance and mental health. If either of the two is not in sync with the other, the person might tend to have severe problems with social as well as personal lives. Plastic surgery can correct the physical appearance of a person which results in the improvement in the individual’s thought process becoming more positive.
Extra Weight Stays Off
Patients seeking body contouring, such as liposuction or a tummy tuck, may find it is easier to maintain their weight after their plastic surgery. The positive results of plastic surgery procedures have the capacity to motivate a person to keep a healthy diet and exercise program which will help them keep a check on their weight.