Definition of plastic surgery in US English:

plastic surgery


  • 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.

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


plastic surgery

/ˈplastik ˈsərj(ə)rē//ˈplæstɪk ˈsərdʒ(ə)ri/