Definition of plastic surgery in English:

plastic surgery


mass noun
  • The process of reconstructing or repairing parts of the body by the transfer of tissue, either in the treatment of injury or for cosmetic reasons.

    ‘he underwent plastic surgery after he was attacked by a dog’
    • ‘Newborns with a cleft lip or palate require genetic evaluation and plastic surgery.’
    • ‘He will now have to undergo plastic surgery on his lips and dental surgery on his teeth.’
    • ‘She has had to undergo plastic surgery to try to rectify the knife wounds, one of which runs almost the full length of her face.’
    • ‘Now it used to be only celebrities or the very rich could afford to have plastic surgery.’
    • ‘Short of plastic surgery, there is quite a lot that can be done to rejuvenate your skin.’
    • ‘Last year of the top five plastic surgery procedures, three of them involved the face.’
    • ‘Many females not suffering from gender confusion do seek these kinds of plastic surgery to improve their body image.’
    • ‘He is outraged by programs such as Extreme Makeover that offer plastic surgery as a prize.’
    • ‘It's not just for the person who is going to have plastic surgery or wants plastic surgery.’
    • ‘Many patients arrive at plastic surgery clinics with unrealistic expectations.’
    • ‘He was unconscious for ten days and had to spend four years in hospital having plastic surgery to reconstruct his face.’
    • ‘It was not until the First World War that plastic surgery developments really gathered steam.’
    • ‘The consultants will decide if a patient requires treatment, such as plastic surgery.’
    • ‘You could try plastic surgery, but the BMJ Classified Careers Fair will be much cheaper and far less painful.’
    • ‘He developed skills in plastic surgery, his particular interest being in eyes.’
    • ‘For some reason the urge for plastic surgery is becoming a mania world wide in both males and females.’
    • ‘Since the shooting he had undergone plastic surgery to alter his facial features.’
    • ‘She probably had sort of plastic surgery to alter her body shape, and an access to eye contacts.’
    • ‘A man will have to undergo plastic surgery for an horrific injury after a blade cut his face when he fell from a ladder.’
    • ‘If he hadn't undergone any plastic surgery, today he would look like this.’
    cosmetic surgery
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Mid 19th century: from plastic in the sense of being possible to (re-)shape. Compare with -plasty.


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