When people hear the term plastic surgery, they may associate it directly with procedures of the face. In actuality, plastic surgery is a centuries-old field that addresses not just the face, but any part of the human body that may need to be cosmetically enhanced or surgically restructured and/or reshaped.
Whether you are considering breast augmentation, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction, or any other type of plastic surgery, you can benefit from having one of the nation's leading plastic surgeons right in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas. Dr. Bernard A. Shuster is a board-certified plastic surgeon who places great emphasis on patient consultation and care, and who combines years of experience with the latest techniques to consistently deliver natural results.
If you would like to arrange for a personal consultation with Dr. Shuster at our South Florida office (conveniently located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami) to discover what plastic surgery can offer you, please email us your inquiries, or contact us by phone at 954.961.5500. You can also arrange for a virtual consultation by filling out our confidential online consultation form.
Plastic surgery has a long and rich history extending far back into ancient civilization. In the 8th century BC, the Indian surgeon Susrutha, known as the father of plastic surgery, was practicing reconstructive facial surgeries. It was common punishment in ancient India for lawbreakers of a certain degree to have their noses cut off. Susrutha was able to use forehead skin and different techniques to construct new noses for his clientele.
In ancient Rome, around the 1st century, surgeons were also performing reconstructive surgeries to injuries sustained in battle or from punishment. Common procedures included work on noses and ears. In the centuries that followed, surgeons learned numerous ways to reconstruct missing or damaged body parts, often using skin and other tissue from one's own body. As civilized societies progressed in the following centuries, the causes of these injuries became much less common. In addition, as griminess and disease added new elements of risk to any surgery, plastic surgery, unless absolutely necessary, was abandoned almost completely. As surgical procedures reached a higher degree of hygiene and cleanliness in 19th and 20th centuries, plastic surgeries again started to gain popularity, placing a little more emphasis on cosmetic enhancement than basic anatomical reconstruction.
In the early part of the 20th century, the greatest progress in plastic surgery came from two distinct facets of civilization: war and entertainment. As injuries in World War I and World War II continued to occur, plastic surgeons were in no short supply of unique situations to test the capabilities of plastic surgery to put back together what the hazards of war had taken apart. In the entertainment industry, the new movie phenomenon of talkies was creating a cultural influence that pervades to this day. For actors who made their living with their looks, the purely cosmetic practice of plastic surgery really advanced.
Today, there are no shortage of tried and true plastic surgery techniques and procedures. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Shuster, is experienced in a variety of techniques and can proceed with the most applicable procedures relative to his clients' individual needs, especially in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami areas. Request a consultation with Dr. Shuster today to discuss which plastic surgery procedures may be most appropriate for you.
As discussed, there are two categories used to classify plastic surgeries: reconstructive and cosmetic. To say these two are mutually exclusive, however, would be inaccurate. For instance, a person with a misshapen nose may experience difficulty breathing in certain situations in addition to having an abnormal basic physical appearance. Also, some cancer patients who have had certain body parts surgically altered to address the cancer may need plastic surgery to help recreate their features to appear cosmetically similar to the way they looked prior to the surgery.
Dr. Shuster is well-respected for his outstanding work performing a number of different plastic surgery procedures, including:
• Abdominoplasty - Also known as a tummy tuck, this procedure involves abdominal reshaping
• Blepharoplasty - Also known as eyelid surgery this procedure can reshape eyelids
• Breast Augmentation - Also known as breast enlargement, breast augmentation allows for breast enlargement through the use of prosthetic breast implants
• Mastopexy - Also known as a breast lift, a mastopexy is performed to lift sagging breasts
• Rhinoplasty - Also known as a nose job, rhinoplasty involves reshaping the nose
• Rhytidectomy - Also known as face lift, this procedure removes wrinkles from the face and neck area
• Suction-Assisted Lipectomy - Also known as liposuction, this procedure involves the removal of fatty tissue from the body.
Throughout the rest of this site, you will find extensive information regarding each of the above procedures. Please visit our homepage to learn more about these procedures as well as the experience and credentials of Dr. Shuster, a board certified surgeon practicing plastic surgery in Miami.
Plastic surgery, as it will alter your physical appearance, requires consultation. In addition determining your basic reason for seeking a plastic surgery procedure, a consultation may involve reviewing your medical history to ensure there are no unanticipated complications and mapping a plan for your specific recovery and follow up regimen.
With our office in Hollywood, Florida, we are conveniently located close to Miami and Fort Lauderdale. If you would like to request a consultation with Dr. Shuster to discuss your plastic surgery interests and concerns, please visit our online consultation page.