What is plastic surgery? What is aesthetic surgery?
Plastic surgery deals with the correction or restoration of form or function. The word "plastic" derives from the Greek plastikos meaning to mold or to shape. Plastic surgery includes aesthetic surgery which is designed to improve an individual's appearance. Plastic surgery has been around since 700 Before Christ. Cosmetic or aesthetic surgery has developed and become popular only in the 20th century. The first boom of aesthetic surgical operations is known after World War I when many people wanted to recover after such hard times taking care of their appearance. These operations first became popular in France, then in USA.

What areas of the body are corrected most commonly?
Women of 20-40 years are usually unhappy with the breast size and shape or they want to improve their body contours while senior patients choose to correct their aging faces. Nose and ear corrections are also frequently performed surgical operations.

What are the criteria for choosing a plastic surgeon?
You should choose a plastic surgeon who operates much and every day, can give reasoned answers to all questions asked by the patients, and who will show before-and-after photographs of the treated patients. Trust is also important when choosing a plastic surgeon.

What are typical mistakes women make when going for plastic surgery?
Some women hope that their beauty enhanced by plastic surgery will help to improve their marriage, stop failures in the personal life, and make their career more successful etc. Plastic surgery can help get rid of defects of your appearance and complexes associated with them but it cannot change your personality.

What are the factors contributing to the effectiveness of plastic surgery?
The main factor contributing to the effectiveness is the right procedure or operation most suitable for the patient. No real effect can be expected when plastic surgery "repairs" the body area looking great without any correction. The result can be unsatisfactory in case of a minimal intervention when greater extent of surgery would be more beneficial.

Are there risks involved with plastic surgery?
Plastic surgery involves some risk, most often minimal, but it is quite safe. Operations are planned, they are performed on healthy people, adequate preparations are made beforehand, and the surgeon uses the safest anaesthesia method accepted by the patient.
What types of anaesthesia are used in plastic surgery?
There are a number of different types of anaesthesia used to perform plastic surgery. Surgical procedures for children are most commonly performed under general anaesthesia. Regional anaesthesia is typically used for adults in eyelid surgery, otoplasty and scar removal. Breast surgery and abdominoplasty are often performed with general anaesthesia. Liposuction may be performed under local or general anaesthesia. The operation is usually performed under light general anaesthesia combined with local anaesthetic. The anaesthetic technique selected will depend on several factors such as the patient's age and health state, area to be treated, surgery duration. Your preferences will also be incorporated in the selection of best anaesthetic plan for your procedure.

When can long-lasting results be achieved? Do "lifetime" corrections exist?
Results of plastic surgery depend on many factors. Loss of elasticity caused by smoking, sun exposure and other factors has a negative effect. Large quantities of alcohol and sleepless nights can do harm to your beauty. Great and quick changes in weight may significantly disimprove results. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise program, good and sufficient rest will help with long lasting results. The results of most cosmetic procedures do not last forever. Cosmetic surgeons cannot hold back the ravages of time. In fact, results of otoplasty, nose surgery and scar correction can last a lifetime - they are neither affected by environment nor by lifestyle. Liposuction, breast, tummy tuck and face plastic surgery usually gives a long-lasting and permanent result. However, all procedures done for cosmetic purposes at some point will once again succumb to the aging process. But the main factor that contributes to long-lasting results is harmony between yourself and the surrounding world.

How should patients behave during the initial consultation?
Be frank and don't hesitate to tell your surgeon that you have sagging breasts after childbirth or drooping eyelids caused by aging. Don't be ashamed of these natural phenomena. The surgeon will need your complete medical history, so be ready to provide this information. You should also inform your surgeon if you are taking any medications including sedative.

What questions should you ask at your consultation?
The initial consultation is the best time to ask about the technical aspects of surgery that are important to know prior to the procedure. You should ask what type of anaesthesia will be used, how many hours the surgical procedure will last, how long you can expect to stay in the clinic after the operation, what incisions will be made and how soon scars will disappear. Maybe some other treatment method, simpler or less risky, can be chosen for you. Your doctor's experience of doing this type of cosmetic surgery must also be discussed during the initial consultation. Ask about the possible risks and complications. "Before and after" photographs can strengthen or weaken your determination to have this procedure. Ask how long it will take you to recover completely and return to your normal routine. Remember to ask about the total financial costs for the procedure and repeated corrections if necessary.