Lebanon Plastic Surgeons
Plastic surgery is a medical practice which aims to improve the appearance and function of the body and correct physical abnormalities caused by congenital defects, traumatic injuries, and diseases. According to plastic surgeons in Beirut, this medical practice is divided in to two main categories: the cosmetic procedure that aims to improve the aesthetic value of the body and the reconstructive procedure that aims to improve the function of a certain body part and treat physical abnormalities.
In most cases, reconstructive surgery is covered by insurance companies since it is “medically necessary” and is seen as a way to help patients live a normal life and perform basic activities. This is not the case in the cosmetic surgery which is elective in nature, meaning, a patient chooses this procedure not because of “medical necessity” but to improve a certain part he is not satisfied with. These are some of the examples of reconstructive surgery: breast reduction for women with extremely large breasts who experience physical discomfort and shoulder and back pain; breast augmentation to reconstruct the bosoms of breast cancer patients; and panniculectomy to remove the excess skin and fats from the abdomen to the back which cause skin ulcer and non-healing irritation.
Meanwhile, these are the most common types of cosmetic surgery procedures: face lift to correct the sagging skin and tissues; butt lift to improve the figure; and liposuction to remove the bulging fats especially around the abdomen, thighs, arms, chin, etc. However, the same reconstructive surgery procedures can also be used for cosmetic reasons: breast reduction for women who are not satisfied with their large, pendulous breasts; breast augmentation for patients who want to increase their bust size; and eyelid surgery to remove the drooping skin that hoods the eyes, thus resulting to a younger appearance and improved vision.
Compared to the previous years, plastic surgery is significantly safer due to the introduction of new medical equipment, preference over the less invasive procedures, and use of a stricter patient selection method that determines the high-risk individuals. Generally, high-risk patients are those who have serious medical conditions, healing problem, smoker, and psychological disorder. But still, it is the responsibility of patients to only consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has specialization with a specific procedure. With this, a doctor who has extensive years of practicing breast augmentation may not be the best one to perform nose-reshaping surgery.