A team of British and Danish scientists have made a way to make holidays more productive .
The team travel around the world on holidays offering plastic surgery to people who have been disfigured by acid attacks . The team, part of British charity Interplast UK, includes surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses, a physiotherapist – even a pharmacist . The dream team pay for their own flight and for accommodations as well. They have recently travelled Delhi to help other victims . As of now they have performed over a 100 surgical procedures in the short span of two weeks .
Quoting the BBC “They see lots of children with cleft palates and the victims of burns and other accidental injuries, but about a quarter of their patients are people who have been deliberately disfigured: doused in acid in horrific attacks.”
These attacks causes complete destruction of the person’s life.
Government figures suggest there are perhaps 1,000 such attacks a year; campaigners say that is a grotesque underestimate. They say the real figure is many, many times higher. Retired NHS plastic surgeon Charles Viva says that stories of their survival from these acid attacks has been a source of inspiration for them.
One of the stories is of Anupama.
Anupama had travelled from Bihar to Delhi to have this operation . She was 14 when she was attacked . She and her sister had been frequently assaulted. The two sons and a daughter had started eve teasing her and trying to lure her into their house. When her father complained, they became angry. A few nights later, they came to the family house and threw acid on Anupama and her sister while they were sleeping. Her sister escaped with minor injuries , however Anupama was not so fortunate .
Anupama has tried to have numerous operations all of them providing only basic treatment .
The sum that doctors demanded for a more intensive treatment was way beyond what Anupama could afford .This team of doctors has transformed Anupama’s life .
This story will hopefully inspire people to help change the future of a person’s life even while on a holiday .
Plastic surgery is becoming more popular among today’s generation
Although, plastic surgery has its benefits, there can be complications too
Plastic surgery should be a well thought decision and should not be taken in hurry
To remain beautiful is a never-ending desire in the life of humans. The field of plastic surgery has aided humans in this desire, be it to repair a defect or to enhance or reduce a part. All of these efforts are in order to please oneself and the ones human beings socialize with.
Man and these cosmetic procedures are not new to each other. The History of Plastic surgery dates to as early as 2000 B.C. One of the ancient Indian books on surgery by Sushrutha, called the Sushrutha Samhita, describes the reconstructive procedure Rhinoplasty, commonly known as the nose job. Even with so much of knowledge available online and offline about this field, some of us are still unaware of what goes on in a plastic surgical procedure.
Dr. Bharti Raizada conducted a telephonic interview with a practicing consultant, in an effort to shed light on some basic and correct facts.
Dr. Deepak Khatri, Consultant Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon, MAE Aesthetics, based in Vadodara, India describes plastic surgery as a surgical specialty involving reconstruction, restoration, and alteration of the human body. He says it is a broad specialty with multiple subspecialties like Aesthetic surgery, Craniofacial surgery, Burns, Hand surgery, Microsurgery & Pediatric plastic surgery (dealing with congenital conditions such as cleft lip and palate, urethral defects, etc.).
When asked about the reason why this branch of surgery was called “plastics” and if there was any relation to the actual plastic, he goes on to explain that, of course, plastic was not involved and that it was derived from a Greek word “plastikos”, meaning ‘able to be moulded, pertaining to moulding’.
Dr. Deepak Khatri states that the most common surgeries people prefer are Liposuction ( removal of excess body fat to improve body shape and contour), Breast Augmentation, Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), Hair transplant, Tummy tuck, Facelift etc.. He also states that the current trend is an increasing demand for more minimally invasive procedures, especially Botox for wrinkle reduction and Hyaluronic acid fillers for facial rejuvenation.
When asked about what the benefits were by undergoing a plastic surgery procedure, he says Improving appearance is one of the many. The other benefits according to Dr. Deepak Khatri are that the procedure helps to boost one’s self- image and overall well-being. Apart from psychological benefits he also says there are the actual physiological benefits gained like in the procedures of rhinoplasty or breast reductions etc.
A surgical procedure is never devoid of any risks. And Plastic surgery is no exception to this rule. The dependent factors of a successful surgery are the cleanliness of the hospital setup or the general health of the patient. Dr. Deepak also assents to this fact. He also states that the commonly reported complications are wound infection, hematoma, scarring and those arising out of anesthesia.
When we asked about his opinions on the popularity of the procedure in India, he opines that it is, of course, becoming a commonly performed procedure but would take some more time to become immensely popular.
The time lag to gain popularity might be connected to the fact that not all procedures are covered by insurance, a fact which is also confirmed by Dr. Deepak. Insurance only covers the reconstructive procedures in cases of trauma, burns etc.
When asked about his views on who would be considered an ideal Plastic surgeon and who would be regarded an ideal patient, he goes on to state that an ideal plastic surgeon is one who has had the formal training in the specialty and holds certifications. As it is a vast specialty, it is difficult to specialize in all subspecialties. A good patient-doctor rapport is essential for better understanding of the procedure and associated risks and complication. According to him, an ideal patient for plastic surgery would be someone who has realistic expectations regarding the outcomes of the procedure. He indicates that there might be times when the surgeons are pleased with their work, but not the patient, and vice versa. He expresses that it is of course very complex to manage a dissatisfied patient. He says it requires time and patience. He observes that the failure to satisfy a patient happens more due to a failure in communication and poor patient selection than due to technical errors. It is true, there are specific indications for each of these procedures, but he advises that having realistic expectations would avoid the disparity of the opinions on the outcomes between the surgeon and the patients.
The life of a Plastic surgeon is not easy. To become one, in India, one needs to undergo a 3 years post-doctoral degree course (M. Ch) after a master’s degree (M.S). Dr. Deepak says, that the qualification would not suffice and that they need to refine their skills through fellowships, attending conferences workshops etc. and keep themselves updated always.
Dr. Deepak finally signs off with a note to the public stating that Plastic surgeries/Cosmetic procedures are generally safe. The need of the hour is a better understanding of the procedure from the plastic surgeon, and being aware. If the understanding and awareness levels are satisfied, it can then bring a change into our lives. Same Condition