“Going Under the Knife”


B-je Gillego TanThe term plastic surgery comes from the Greek word “plastikos,” which means to mold or to shape. Reconstructive plastic surgery repairs deformities or disfigure­ments caused by injuries, disease, or defects since birth. Its purpose is not only to make a person look more “typical” but to function better as well. Cosmetic plas­tic surgery on the other hand, is performed solely for the purpose of improving the appearance of the body of an otherwise healthy person. Those procedures are categorized in general as “elec­tive” procedures, because from a doctor’s point of view, they are not necessary. It is quite common for a doctor to say to a client, “Leave it, if it’s not bothering you.” Elec­tive procedures are usually paid for by the patient himself, and is not covered under Canada’s MSP (Medical Service Plan). Examples of such operations would be Blepharoplasty (cor­rective eye surgery), Rhinoplasty (nose jobs), Rhytidectomy (face lifts), Breast enlargement, reduc­tion, lift or augmentation, Lipo­suction (fat-suctioning proce­dures), Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), _Brachioplasty (arm lift), Buttock Lift and Hair implants. Hair transplants and eye surgery are the most popular procedures with men. Some doctors put the aggressive chemical skin peel­ing and other invasive skin treatments as cosmetic plastic surger­ies. While these procedures may be elective, some individuals, because of medical reasons get the procedures for free under the medical insurance.

If you are considering going under the knife to improve what­ever feature is bothering you, I recommend that you do a sub­stantial research on good plastic surgery practitioners in your area, neighboring cities or provinces. I was introduced to a plastic sur­geon based in Vancouver and New Westminster and his name is Dr. Kimit Rai. I have seen is work on my client and , boy, I am so jealous of her tummy tuck!! I then discovered the Dr. Rai travelled to the Philippines to do medi­cal missions. He worked in the remote provinces stricken with poverty and operated on poor children with cleft lips. I person­ally thanked him for the gesture and I promised myself that I will recommend Dr. Rai to Filipinas as a token of appreciation for the free surgeries he extended to our poor ‘kababayans’. Let us support his practice to reciprocate his dedication to help poor Filipino children. You may reach Dr. Rai at the False Creek Surgery Clinic in Vancouver.