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Is orthognathic surgery considered as plastic surgery in Singapore?


Orthognathic surgeryis the surgical correction of dentofacial deformities. Orthognathic is derived from two words, “ortho”, which means to straighten and “gnathic”, which means jaw. It refers to the “straightening” of the jaws, i.e. changing the form of the jaws. Plastic surgery, contrary to popular perception, does not necessarily mean cosmetic surgery. “Plastic” means changing the form. And so it is any surgery that changes the appearance/shape or a part of the body. With such a definition, corrective jaw surgery in Singapore be considered as plastic surgery. But is it cosmetic surgery?

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Is orthognathic surgery plastic surgery?


 "Ortho" means straight, and "gnathic" means jaw. Together, orthognathic surgery refers to “straightening” of the jaws, ie correcting any “crookedness” or deformity of the jaws. "Plastic", refers to changing or moulding shape, and plastic surgery then refers to surgery that changes the shape or form. It can be further subdivided into aesthetic plastic surgery, where the objective is primarily improving the cosmesis of a body structure which is not diseased, and reconstructive plastic surgery, which as the name suggests, rebuilds diseased or defective body parts. So, in the strict sense of the word, orthognathic surgery is a form of reconstructive plastic surgery. However, it is not aesthetic plastic surgery, which is the plastic surgery that most people know of.

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