So, you think cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are the same? Think again!
Plastic Surgery VS Cosmetic Surgery
Plastic Surgery: “the process of reconstructing or repairing parts of the body by the transfer of tissue, either in the treatment of injury or for cosmetic reasons.” (Google Dictionary)
Cosmetic surgery: a field in plastic surgery entirely focused on aesthetical enhancement whilst plastic surgery is the reconstruction of birth or accident induced defect.
Why is the Plastic/Cosmetic surgery industry growing?
- Technological advancements:
Each year, the advancements of technology and machines used in procedures continue to become safer and reliable. This leads to minimal damage to the skin or nerve tissue. This is an attractive offer for anyone interested in plastic surgery (safety + better results).
The growing demand and supply of plastic surgery are saturating the market. The fountain of youth has never been at such a cheap price! However, there are expectations for this. The latest, best procedures and surgeries are deemed to be more expensive.
- Health benefits & self-confidence:
Researchers have proven continuously over and over again that healthy (mental and physical) individuals have had a boast in self-confidence after procedures. Although the health benefits are lesser-known, when undergoing surgery with the right surgeon for the right reasons, many people see an improvement in their physical health (breast reductions, excessive sweating, scar revision, congenital defect repair, lower extremity reconstruction, etc).
- Social media & entertainment industry:
The constant exposure of beauty from social media underlies the desire for cosmetic surgery. Additionally, it sets the norms of beauty.
- Social acceptance:
Cosmetic surgery has never seen such acceptance and support from the community. 20 years ago, cosmetic surgery was a controversial topic and plastic surgery would serve appropriate for accident-induced defects.
Future of Plastic Surgery
The greatest task ahead for the plastic surgery industry is fat reduction. 2013 data indicates the highest in demand and satisfactory rate are both fat reduction procedures – tummy tuck and liposuction. The ongoing obesity crisis and the growing interest of the aesthetics department will only continue the growth of this trend.
Plastic Surgery history dates all the way back to 600BCE in India. The father of Plastic Surgery, Sushruta and his disciples performed reconstructive surgeries. More evidence was found in the records of Ancient Egypt – Ebers Papyrus (1550 BCE) – rhinoplasty being the main operation for reconstructing nose destroyed from barbaric warfare/religious or political punishment; chopping nose and ears off.
History of Plastic Surgery in South Korea
– History of K-beauty –
Plastic Surgery is relatively new in South Korea, it wasn’t until the 1950s (Korean War) that the US and UN mobilized war victims and began treatment – these included skin grafting, burn and birth defects. In Korea, the number of cosmetic surgery in women has soared. Being an extremely conformist society, it is no surprise that Korean women understanding of beauty dynamics are quite marginalized.
For more information about Korean beauty standards, click here: https://www.viewplasticsurgery.com/a-viewpoint-is-it-ideal-or-identical-beauty-standards/