What is Plastic Surgery

For many individuals in Australia, plastic surgery is a route to achieving the perfect aesthetic look for the body and face. But what exactly is plastic surgery?

Plastic surgery refers to the application of surgical techniques to a wide range of different aesthetic or physical defects. These defects or imperfections are restructured or replaced on the way to creating a more pleasing result for the patient. In most cases, plastic surgery techniques are applied to deformities involving the skin, structures of the cranium or facial area, breast or chest area, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, hands and other extremities, as well as the external structures of the genitals.

By bringing together a variety of different surgical techniques, plastic surgeons like Dr Ellis Choy can carefully craft ideal results for patients.

Why is it called plastic surgery?

The phrase ‘plastic surgery’ may be a little misleading at first glance. When we think of ‘plastic’ we think of the hardy, non-biodegradable material in which our soft drinks are packaged or which we use to store leftover food in the refrigerator. In fact, the ‘plastic’ of ‘plastic surgery’ does not relate to this at all.

Instead, plastic surgery relates to the concept of alloplasty, which means “to be moulded and manipulated by external factors”. The term itself is derived from that of ‘alloplastic surgery’, which has been contracted to ‘plastic surgery’ for everyday use.

The techniques employed by your plastic surgeon, while diverse and wide-ranging, will all be centred on this same concept of moulding and restructuring as the surgeon works to provide the perfect outcomes for patients.

What is the difference between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery?

Plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are often mentioned in the same breath, and some may consider them to be synonymous. The two concepts are certainly linked and there is a degree of crossover between the terms. Both cosmetic and plastic surgeries provide aesthetically or cosmetically improved results, after all. However, there are some differences in their usage.

Cosmetic surgery is purely a collection of surgical procedures designed to achieve cosmetic results. These surgeries may achieve similar outcomes to plastic surgeries. But they do not use any of the alloplastic techniques, or external and internal reconstruction, which characterise plastic surgery procedures.

As a result, plastic surgery, in general, tends to be more invasive than cosmetic surgery. In most cases, however, the results it achieves are usually far more effective. For more serious cases, in which the patient requires major changes to the structure of the face or body, only plastic surgery is suitable.

Plastic surgery may also be used to accomplish medical results, rather than purely cosmetic or aesthetic ones. Birth defects which restrict airflow, for example, or illnesses and accidents which impair bodily function in some way, can be corrected by plastic surgery. In most cases, cosmetic surgery will not be sufficient to accomplish this.

How much does plastic surgery cost?

The cost of a plastic surgery procedure varies on a case-by-case basis. Different types of plastic surgery will require different levels of resources and will require the patient to remain in surgery for a different amount of time. As a result, the dollar cost of the surgery cannot be defined until the doctor and his team have decided on which type of procedure is suitable for the patient’s circumstances.

Even if the type of plastic surgery required is immediately apparent, it is difficult to define the cost. Different conditions and different desired outcomes require treatments of differing degrees. Therefore, the cost can only be decided once the patient has been carefully examined.

This is why Dr Choy and his team hold in-depth consultations before the surgery is agreed upon. This gives the team the chance to decide on the best course of action, to achieve the desired result and to provide the patient with an accurate cost for the procedure.

Popular plastic surgery procedures

Patients come to Dr Choy for many different reasons. Here are some of the most popular plastic surgery procedures Dr Choy carries out on patients in Sydney and Coffs Harbour.

Breast Reduction

A breast reduction procedure involves removing tissue or existing implants and restructuring the breast area to reduce the mammary size. This can reduce back and neck pain, making it easier for the patient to go about their daily life or reduce feelings of poor self-esteem and bodily discomfort.

Breast Lift

A breast lift involves a restructuring of the chest tissue to lift sagging breasts, creating a younger aesthetic appearance. This procedure can include implants or reduction depending on the desired results. A breast lift without implants can restore breasts after pregnancy, weight loss or ageing, to achieve a more youthful, aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Breast Augmentation

During a breast augmentation procedure, implants are inserted surgically into the patient’s chest to increase the size of the breasts. There are many reasons that drive a patient to seek out breast augmentation. Typically, increased self-confidence and enhanced body image are the main motivating factors.

Mummy Make-over

Childbirth is arguably the most natural of all processes a woman will go through, but this does not mean that it does not take its toll on the body. A mummy make-over is a package of surgical procedures designed to reverse some of the effects of pregnancy and childbirth and to help women to regain their pre-pregnancy bodies.

Tummy Tuck

When a person loses a significant amount of weight, excess skin is left behind creating a sagging effect. This can be severely impactful to the self-confidence of an individual and can have serious long-term effects on both physical and psychological health. A tummy tuck removes this excess skin and provides a flatter, more toned appearance in the stomach and waist area.

Dr Choy and his team have extensive experience in achieving great results for patients in the Sydney and Coffs Harbour areas, across a wide range of different surgical procedures. To book a consultation and to better understand your options, get in touch with the team today or browse our procedure pages to find out more.