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The Fascinating History of Plastic Surgery

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Plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures have come a long way from what they once were. Dating back more than 4,000 years, plastic surgery wasn’t sought out by patients hoping to improve their appearance; rather it was a necessity of the healing arts. While there is some discrepancy as to exactly where and when the first procedures were performed, there has been a fairly steady growth in both advancement of materials, procedures, and frequency of surgeries.

Most procedures and treatments today are focused on being non-invasive, as well as offering the least amount of downtime; our busy lives demand nothing less! This wasn’t always the case with plastic surgery when it first began and was being developed. The lack of technology, tools, resources and knowledge all contributed to some surgeries, which, if you had the option now, you may rather take a pass on.

Let’s explore the amazing history of plastic surgery, and you can thank your lucky stars for how far we’ve come!

Ancient Egypt and India

There is documentation of plastic surgery procedures for facial injuries as far back as more than 4,000 years ago. Early accounts of rudimentary skin grafting for reconstructive work date anywhere from 800 – 400 B.C. The Sushruta Samhita, a historic text and record of various plastic surgeries, was published between 600 – 400 B.C., by an Indian physician. In this text, various descriptions of examinations, treatments, and procedures were documented, including details of skin grafting using skin from the cheek and forehead.

By studying Ancient texts, archaeologists have discovered that, in ancient India, there were two main forms of plastic surgery being performed quite frequently. The first was reconstructions, which were often used to repair features damaged in battle. The second procedures were amputations, which were conducted as punishment for various crimes.

The Middle Ages and Renaissance

While the Middle Ages showed the continuation of facial reconstruction surgery, the fall of Rome in the fifth century effectively prevented further significant development in surgical techniques for several hundred years. During this time, science mostly gave way to religion and mysticism.

In the late 1500s, a new breakthrough in plastic surgery finally occurred. Gasparo Tagliacozzi, often touted as the father of modern plastic surgery, and the author of the first plastic surgery textbook, began to experiment with skin grafts of upper arm skin for nose reconstructive surgery. Motivated by the frequent duels and street brawls occurring, Tagliazcozzi’s surgeries were still extremely painful due to the lack of technology for general anaesthesia, which was still being developed at the time.

Modern Day Plastic Surgery

For centuries, plastic surgery continued to show slow progress, and procedures were performed sparingly, and always with mixed results. The outbreak of World War 1, however, would change the course of plastic history forever. Trench warfare caused thousands of soldiers to receive trauma wounds, resulting in the quick rise of plastic surgery as an independent medical practice. In order to regulate the procedures and the profession, the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was created in 1931.

Within the past 100 years, the field of plastic surgery has experienced tremendous progress, both in the types of procedures and treatments offered, as well as the technology used to perform them. Once the field was institutionalized and regulated, it experienced extensive growth in the number of patients receiving voluntary cosmetic procedures, as well as in the type of technology available to perform them.

Clearview MediSpa

Here at Clearview MediSpa, we are proud to always offer the most innovative and up-to-date treatments and procedures available to our patients. With each advancing development in technology, we are happy to be in the know, and give our patients nothing but the best.

If you would like to learn more about the procedures and technology available at Clearview MediSpa, schedule a free personalized consultation with us, and we would be happy to walk you through everything we have to offer!


Slow Your Aging With Fractora

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A summer spent smiling, laughing, and having fun in the sun is a sign of a season well spent. As the warm weather begins to wind down and we slowly begin to spend more time indoors, we can start to notice the effects a long summer has had on us. Once our tans start to fade and we are no longer sporting that summer glow, fine lines, looser skin, and the skin texture that was once more disguised under the hot sun are now becoming more apparent and obvious.

The last thing you want is to look tired, or even worse, aged, after you have just enjoyed your summer outside. Instead of hiding away from the mirrors inside your house, why not slow the harsh effects of aging altogether, and restore your skin so you can look and feel younger for yet another season.

If you have looked into cosmetic procedures before and haven’t found what you are looking for, Fractora Skin Treatment may just be the right fit for you. Let’s take a look at the ins and outs of this treatment, and see if we can get that summer smile back on your face!

What is Fractora Skin Treatment?

Fractora is an innovative, non-invasive, non-surgical fractional skin treatment technology that utilizes radio-frequency energy to tighten, tone, and restore the tautness to skin. This treatment is suitable for the jaw, under the eyes, on the cheeks, and the forehead. Fractora can also be used to improve skin texture, and to treat acne scarring. Similar to a facial, the result of the Fractora skin treatment is a more even skin tone and texture, tighter pores, smoother and firmer skin, and even reduced wrinkles! This is some of the finest in skin rejuvenation available today.

How Does It Work?

As mentioned, the Fractora skin treatment uses radio-frequency to target troubled areas on the face. First, a numbing gel or cream will be applied prior to the treatment, so any discomfort is minimal. During the treatment, energy is directed from a small device to the specific areas of concern, sending concentrated radio frequency. The energy is directed from tiny pins, which send gentle heat just below the dermis, the inner layer of skin, which in turn stimulate new collagen production. At the same time the heat is delivered inside the tissue to stimulate collagen production, the radio frequency energy dissipates or removes the skin on the surface as well.

What Can I Expect?

The Fractora skin treatment will improve the overall skin tone and texture to your targeted area, giving you a more youthful look. This more natural, but definitely noticeable improvement is helped in part by the increase in collagen production as well. Each treatment can be completed within just thirty minutes, and you will be able to see significant improvement within just two weeks after the treatment.

There is little downtime with Fractora, due to the tiny pins, which promote faster healing. Fractora is also safe for all skin tones, without the risk of hyperpigmentation that can result from some laser treatments.

Additionally, Fractora can be tailored for each patient’s needs. Your doctor will be able to choose the depth, energy level, and density for each treatment and each patient in order to obtain the desired results that were previously only possible to achieve through surgery. Depending on the individual, approximately 3 treatments within a four to six week interval will provide the best results. This is due to more collagen developing, and your skin continuing to improve.

Fractora At Clearview MediSpa

The Fractora skin treatment couldn’t be easier. It is a fairly quick treatment, with very little downtime, and will help you get the more youthful appearance you are looking for without an invasive surgical procedure.

While you may experience some tightness, redness, and swelling at the treatment sites, it will fade within a few days. By that time, you will also be able to apply makeup again. This treatment is so innovative, you are able to resume all your normal activities immediately post-treatment. After your treatment, we will be able to send you off smiling with post-treatment recommendations in order to minimize any possible complications.

The Fractora skin treatment can give your skin that rejuvenated, younger appearance that you so need as a refresh to start the next season off right. If you would like to learn more about Fractora skin treatment, book a free consultation with us. We would love to help you get your glow back!

Clearview MediSpa offers convenient and confidential financing for your procedure. Contact the office today for more information, to book a consultation, or if you have any other questions about the treatment. Book an Appointment