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ENT surgeons discuss the finer points of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at a workshop at Tadepalli near Vijayawada on Friday.
ENT surgeons discuss the finer points of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at a workshop at Tadepalli near Vijayawada on Friday.

Special Correspondent

Workshop on plastic and reconstructive surgery being held

VIJAYAWADA: Want to get those wrinkles off your face with Botox injections? There is no need to go to Hyderabad or Chennai. Soon even ENT specialists will be able to administer them to those who want to get rid of the frown lines on their brows.

Manipal Super Specialty Hospital at Tadepalli here is conducting a two-day live surgical workshop on ‘Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’ on Friday and Saturday.

UK-based Otolaryngologists (ENT specialists) T.V. Krishna Reddy and S. Hampal demonstrated Rhinoplasty (nose correction), Mentoplasty (chin correction), Otoplasty (bat ear correction), facial implants and Botox injections to ENT specialists who attended the workshop.

Correcting deformed noses, ears and lips was fast becoming a forte of the ENT surgeons, said P.S. Murthy, past president of the Association of Otolaryngologists of India.

But it is the Botox injections that will be the real money-earner for the ENT specialists.

The lines that appear between your brows (glabellar lines) actually result from muscle movement and passage of time. If you are angry or annoyed, for example, you knit your brows together. Underneath your skin, your facial muscles contract, cause a pleating of the overlying skin, and then, as anyone can see, you’re frowning.

After years of crinkling and wrinkling, those glabellar lines start to linger longer and can become more pronounced. For women, whose faces tend to be more animated than men’s, and whose skin is typically more delicate, these lines may appear exaggerated and more permanent, surgeons said. The treatment takes ten minutes , but the effects last for about four months, varying from patient to patient.

Indian connection

Ayurvedic sage Susrutha was the first known plastic surgeon who performed Otoplasty as early as 1000 BC, said former Mayor Jandhyala Sankar. Inaugurating the workshop, Dr. Sankar said Indian surgeons used flaps of skin in the immediate vicinity of the loss to replace it. This was known as “Indian plastic surgery”. Dr. Sankar narrated the story of a Maratha ‘Vaidya’ who reconstructed the nose of a cart-driver in 1793 using Indian plastic surgery. The Maratha surgeon could fashion a nose out of flap of skin taken from the cart-driver’s forehead, he said.


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