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    What is cosmetic plastic surgery?

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    Dr Mark McGovern

    Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

    Hi, my name is Mark McGovern. I am a qualified Cosmetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. I have been in practice on the Sunshine Coast since … View Profile

    Surgery is all about fixing problems of the human body that don't respond to medication or any other non-invasive form of treatment.
    Plastic Surgery is about fixing these problems , but having you look as normal as possible after the procedure. The word “plastic” comes from the Greek “plasitkos” which means to mold.
    Cosmetic Plastic Surgery is performed when you have a problem with your appearance that you would like to change, and you want the best possible outcome.
    If your surgeon is not a qualified plastic surgeon, then they are not qualified to perform cosmetic surgery.

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    Dr Roger Woods

    Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

    Dr Woods is an accomplished Plastic Surgeon, caring for children and adults in Adelaide, who have cosmetic concerns or require reconstruction after cancer or injuries. … View Profile

    Plastic surgery is a collection of techniques to perform safe and effective surgery on patients to address a number of concerns.  These are roughly grouped into ‘cosmetic’ and ‘reconstructive’.  

    Cosmetic surgery is very much about improving your appearance -this type of surgery is common to address the effects of ageing on the face and body, or improving the appearance of the breasts and tummy after childbirth in ladies.  Children occasionally have cosmetic surgery to improve their appearance too -most commonly this is ear surgery to correct ears that stick out.

    Many of these procedures are covered (at least partially) with private health insurance, but some (such as a facelift) are not.  Please make an appointment with your specialist plastic surgeon to discuss your options.

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