Plastic Surgery vs. Cosmetic Surgery

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Some people may think that plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are the same thing, and there is a great deal of overlap between the two terms, but each of them stresses different parts of what we do at Park Plaza Plastic Surgery.  Plastic derives from the Greek “plastikos” meaning to mold, so plastic surgery is surgery that shapes or forms the human body, emphasizing the ability of surgery to change features of the body. Cosmetic, on the other hand, comes from the same Greek root as cosmos, which these days we use to describe the universe, but to the Greeks meant order or system.  Cosmetic surgery might be thought of, then, as the attempt to give order to the body, and this is a large part of what we do.  Studies have shown that beauty is largely dependent on symmetry, balance, and synergy among the many features of the body or face. Cosmetic surgery works to take that which is out of balance in your face or your body and put it in harmony with the whole.

Over the course of this blog, we will come back to both the idea of molding the body and the idea of harmonizing the body on numerous occasions to explain how plastic surgery creates beauty by molding inharmonious features so that they are more in line with the other parts of your body, as well as making them harmonious with your self-image.

If you would like to learn more about how Park Plaza Plastic Surgery can create a more perfect match between your self-image and the image seen by the rest of the world, please contact Dr. Lefkovits for a free initial consultation.