Ever wondered about plastic surgery procedures? This is where science and art not only collaborate but also meet, according to Dr Edward Ngwenya. In this week’s discussion, we focus on cosmetic procedures that are mainly used when considering weight loss such as liposuction, tummy tuck, and breast reduction.
Dr Edward Ngwenya, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria, and non-executive board director of the South African Medical Association, joins this Health For Mzansi podcast to add his valuable insights on the topic.
Ngwenya takes us back to the origin, explaining that plastics are derived from the Greek word “plastikos”, meaning to grow or to form. Therefore, the field itself working on reforming and reshaping so that the desired part can be moulded to be more aesthetically pleasing.
‘It’s not about perfection’
Due to a lack of information and understanding of the cosmetic field, Ngwenya cautions that people might have a misconception about cosmetic procedures and their target market. These misconceptions can be fueled by factors such as cultural norms, traditional practices, and socio-economic access.
He is adamant that he is not in the business of creating perfection, but rather sees these cosmetic procedures as investing in oneself. With regards to losing weight, Ngwenya clarifies that cosmetic procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck and/or breast reduction are body contouring procedures. This means that the individual would have to do the work in losing some weight and the plastic surgeon would then further enhance by toning, shaping and moulding to appear more aesthetically pleasing.
In the podcast, Ngwenya also discusses:
- Surgery procedure requirements that have to be met.
- The holistic approach that is needed considering both health and psychological stability is imperative before going under the knife to attain your body goals.
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