Dec 06 2009

What does "plastic" mean? Dr. Roger J. Oldham of Bethesda, Maryland answers.

Located within the Camalier Building on Fernwood Road, in Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Roger J. Oldham possesses an un-matched talent in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Roger J. Oldham has been specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery since his residency years at George Washington University and the University of Illinois from 1969 to 1977. A member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, and the selective American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Roger J. Oldham is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Bethesda, Maryland. Younger or older, male or female, patients desire a face or body that fis the way they feel inside. In his 25+ years of plastic surgery practice, Dr. Roger J. Oldham has been ensuring patients’ comfort and satisfaction with their plastic surgery options.

Did you ever wonder where the term “plastic” surgery came from? Did you ever wonder where plastic surgery procedures got their names? Being familiar with plastic surgery vocabulary is just one aspect of being an educated, informed patient. According to the American Society for Plastic Surgery, the term “plastic” surgery comes from the Greek work “plastikos” which means to give form or to shape. Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery aims at reshaping certain areas of the body for medical or aesthetic purposes. Centuries of medical procedures and reconstructive efforts in times of war advanced the practice of plastic surgery over centuries. Various procedures are named by combining the suffix, “plasty,” which means reshaping, with a root word which identifies the portion of the body being contoured: Abdominoplasty (reshaping and contouring of the abdomen); Brachioplasty (reshaping and lifting of the arm); Blepharoplasty (reshaping and lifting of the eylids); Browplasty (reshaping and lifting of the forehead); Cervicoplasty (reshaping and lifting of the neck) ; Otoplasty (reshaping of the ear); Reduction Mammoplasty (breast reduction and reshaping of the breast); Rhinoplasty (reshaping of the nose). “Augment,” meaning enhancement, is another term used often in plastic surgery: breast augmentation enhances the size and shape of the breasts, and chin or cheek augmentation reshapes the face’s structure to provide more defined cheekbones and jaw line. Dr. Roger J. Oldham, plastic surgeon of Bethesda Maryland specializes in all of these surgical procedures and many more. Contact his cosmetic and reconstructive surgery office to schedule a consultation.

In Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Oldham sees patients from Maryland, DC, and Virginia. In Maryland: Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Kensington, Potomac, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Silver Spring, Northern Virginia, Fairfax, Reston, McLean, Arlington, and Washington DC.

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