There are two kinds of surgery that can be performed on the body in order to improve function or appearance, and they usually get lumped together. There seems to be a general misconception that plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are one and the same thing, but that’s not entirely true.
The truth is that plastic surgery is comprised of both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic surgery is generally an elective procedure which is intended to improve the appearance. An example would be a person who is unhappy with the way their face is aging and they seek out a surgeon to help improve their outward appearance and address aging signs. Reconstructive surgery, on the other hand, is meant to improve function and sometimes approximate a normal appearance as well. There is a difference between the desire to have a procedure, and the necessity, at a surgical level, to have the changes made.
With some procedures, the line between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery is a blurry one. Rhinoplasty, for example, which Dr. Naderi specializes in, can be used to improve the function of the nose. On the other hand, some people just aren’t happy with the shape and appearance of their nose and this can be addressed with rhinoplasty as well. Badly performed cosmetic surgery can also cause problems. We see many patients who require revision rhinoplasty, which is sometimes used to correct the function of the nose while also addressing cosmetic or aesthetic concerns as well.