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How Did “Plastic Surgery” Get Its Name?

The term "plastic surgery" comes from the Greek word plastikos, which literally means sculpting. This term originally referred to clay sculpture. In fact, that's what plastic surgeons do: they sculpt the face, body and breasts of their patients to create a more pleasing aesthetic result. Did you know that the earliest attempts at plastic surgery occurred in …

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Guide to Post-Surgery Compression Garments

Depending upon the type of plastic surgery performed, a compression garment may be required after surgery for a specific period of time to aid in healing and reduce swelling. There are several benefits to these compression garments. Compression Garment Benefits Reduced Swelling Swelling is normal after any surgery. It is caused by the body’s increased …

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What is a Mommy Makeover?

A Mommy Makeover is an elective cosmetic surgery procedure to redesign a woman’s breasts and tummy. It treats sagging and/or deflated breasts, tightens the abdominal muscles, and jettisons excess drooping skin and tissues in the abdomen, while simultaneously eliminating most, if not all, stretch marks. This combination procedure often includes breast augmentation and a tummy …

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New Year: New You?

My plastic surgery society, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, has forecast the top cosmetic enhancements for 2015. While some of these may apply to you and some may not, it’s exciting to know what’s available! The Cell Phone Photo Trend In the past, people brought their cameras to special events but with the advent …

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