"This man is a good example of abuse of power. I believe that he knows that he has the power to affect the outcome of peoples lives. He can greatly improve someones life by giving them the best results possible and he can ruin someones life by nearly disfiguring them in his operating room. I feel like I was singled out by this "Dr." I showed up at his office for a mommy make over which included liposuction and breast lift. After surgery I went home and I could tell something was wrong even through the support garment. I was afraid to look. And when I looked there was no question about it, I had sloppy lumpy liposuction on my abdomen and my areolas looked like giant octagon shaped saucers. How can an experienced doctor such as DR. Hvistendahl get my surgery so wrong? Especially with all of his 5 star reviews. This is why I feel that he did this purposefully. Something about me he did not like. I left a one star rating on his yelp and it was removed how fair is that? Thank god that another surgeon was able to fix me by performing a half tummy tuck and another breast lift. I love my new results even though I had to live with disfigurement for 4 years and pay another 10 thousand dollars. But Im just thankfull that I look normal again. "
When you hear the words 'plastic surgeon,' you might call to mind actresses with outlandish body proportions or aging stars with surreal facial features. Plastic surgery to alter appearance is referred to as 'aesthetic' or 'cosmetic' surgery. As is the case with celebrities, cosmetic surgery is often performed to change the appearance of a feature that a patient has always disliked, or to prevent changes from happening due to aging. However, cosmetic surgery can also restore appearance after an injury or illness -- when a medical condition leaves a physical mark that makes a patient look different, it can be very upsetting. Cosmetic plastic surgery gives patients more control over how they look.
But plastic surgery is about much more than changing someone's appearance. Plastic surgery is also about changing the form and function of the body, and often that means restoring what has been lost to injury or illness. A body part can lose its ability to function (meaning, for example, to move, grip, protect underlying tissues, or feel sensation) to many causes. Some common ones are burns, infections, injuries (e.g. from car accidents), illnesses (such as cancer), problems present from birth (such as cleft palate), or even scar tissue from previous surgeries. When plastic surgery is used to repair a damaged part, it is called 'reconstructive surgery.' Reconstructive procedures restore the abilities of the patient so that they can use their body in as normal and healthy a way as possible.
Plastic surgeons are experts at safely moving tissue from one part of the body to another, using microsurgery techniques to reconnect the tiny blood vessels and nerves. They use these skills not only to improve appearance (cosmetic surgery), but also to repair damaged body parts (reconstructive surgery).