What is of value?
Most important are people,
wisdom, concepts, ideas, imagination, knowledge,
science and art.
And of those people who
are most important are parents and family, teachers,
friends and the great contributors of wisdom,
concepts, science and art.
All of those people
communicated something that was and still is of help
to myself and others.
To communicate ideas that
help others is very important and valuable.
The mission of this web site
The mission of this web
site is the communication of experience with
cosmetic surgery for the purpose of helping
If only one thing shown or
written here can prove to be of aid to a single
person, then it is worth the effort.
The place of cosmetic surgery
Cosmetic surgery is
surgery done for improvement of appearance. Surgery
is any invasion of the body for the purpose of
improving the function or form.
Cosmetic surgery includes
ancient practices of tattoo, ear piercing and
Cosmetic surgery is
grooming. It is secondary to health needs.
Health comes first. Health
needs and concerns take precedence over cosmetic
Safety is before
everything in cosmetic surgery.
Function comes before
form. To be good, the result must be completely
natural in function as well as appearance. It is not
good to have an attractive nose and not be able to
breathe through it. Or big beautiful lips that don’t
move normally and cause a lisp. Or beautiful eyes
that are red and burning from dryness because they
won’t close at night. A face that is beautiful but
does not function properly is not acceptable.
People with health
problems have cosmetic surgery. Surgery under local
anesthesia can be as safe as a visit to a dentist.
When it is reasonably safe, people with health
problems or disabilities should not be denied any
beauty that they desire and can safely have in their
lives. Cosmetic surgery can be thought of as similar
to putting beautiful flowers on the table.
Just as flowers appeal to
everyone, so should a beautiful face. A beautiful
result is beautiful to everyone, not just those “in
the know”. Not just the sophisticated, educated,
intelligent people. A beautiful result should appeal
to everyone, from children to the elderly. Everyone
of every race, creed, culture, ethnic group or
country of origin.
Why do people do it? They
want to be loved. Almost all of us want to look the
best we can. The same applies when people seek the
services/products of all the cosmetic industry and
many other items such as clothes, perfumes, straight
white teeth, etc. And grooming is an important
aspect of cars, homes, mates etc.
Many persons make looking
good an art in itself. And they can be so successful
at being beautiful that they are like flowers. These
such people may be models or movie stars or our next
door neighbors. And this is a talent and skill
just as much as all the other art forms, including
music and literature. Some are so good at looking
good that they are very well paid for doing so.
Beauty can be very
powerful, as it was with the case of Helen of Troy –
‘The face that launched a thousand ships’.
It seems easier for
children to have the kind of beauty that appeals to
everyone. Unmarred youth and youthful innocence are
widely admired throughout all cultures and art. No
makeup and much less grooming is required for them
to achieve their natural beauty. But time takes its
toll, and only a lucky few over thirty can look like
teenagers or younger.
When we know a person,
their appearance is not as important compared to
their character. That is why we have utmost value
and respect for people like Mother Theresa, Albert
Einstein, the other Nobel prize winners, as well as
our teachers, friends and relatives - no matter what
their appearance may be.
The goal of our office is
to achieve the best result for every patient. This
means achieving the most attractive possible results
and the fastest recovery; the most benefit and the
It helps to have drawings
of the face to allow a person to choose the
appearance that is most attractive. When the most
beautiful drawings have been done and chosen as the
goal, we want our results to achieve and exceed the
attractiveness in the drawings.
The results of cosmetic
surgery should be attractive and pleasing to
everyone. The experience of surgery and recovery
should be a pleasant one. A result that is
appreciated and loved is considered beautiful. A
perfectly beautiful result is our goal.
The best result also
includes the least swelling, bruising and discomfort
possible and the most rapid recovery. See Results
for our patient's opinions.
The history of cosmetic surgery
Almost all surgery is
partly cosmetic. The surgeon who makes and closes
any incision has a cosmetic consideration to account
cosmetic surgery procedures include tattoo and ear
piercing, then cosmetic procedures like these have
been performed for more than 5000 years. Ear
piercing was performed by the Babylonians, the
civilization with the first developed writing system
(the Cuneiform of Mesopotamia, which dates back
5,500 years ago). There are 30,000 Cuneiform tablets
that refer to the healing arts. The 282 codes of
Hammurabi of 4000 years ago have the first known
laws pertaining to the practice of surgery. (Surgery - I.
Many Egyptian papyruses
3500 years old describe advanced Egyptian knowledge
of medicine and surgery and of what can be treated
and what cannot. The oldest depiction of surgery is
an Egyptian 4,500 year-old wall relief sculpture
depicting a circumcision procedure. King
Tutankhamen of 3,500 years ago had his ears pierced,
as did many others before him in Egypt and
The 5,000 year-old Ice-Man
found in the alps was declared to be European and
has a tattoo on his back. The first recorded, really
advanced surgery for improvement of appearance was
the replacement of the nose with a flap of tissue
from the forehead performed in India 4,000 years
The procedures we do today
such as face-lift, eyelid, and nose surgery were
begun right at the end of the 1800s and beginning of
William Roy Morgan M.D., F.A.C.S.
1419 Superior Avenue, Suite 2
Newport Beach CA 92663