- plastic surgery for improving a person's appearance by restoration of damaged areas of skin, removal of wrinkles or blemishes, etc.
Origin of cosmetic surgery
First recorded in 1925–30
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- surgery performed to improve the appearance, rather than for medical reasons
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- Surgery that modifies or improves the appearance of a physical feature, irregularity, or defect.
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