NAPLES. An event entirely focused on the role of plastic surgery in its multiple aspects of recovering forms related to women’s health. This is the theme of the debate entitled “Plastic surgery and women’s health”, promoted by Professor Francesco D’Andrea, director of the plastic and aesthetic surgery department of the Federico II Polyclinic of Naples, which will be held on Tuesday, April 26 in 9:30 a.m. at the Naples Tennis Club, in Viale Dohrn (Villa Comunale). “Plastic surgery, understood as a specialty that deals with the recovery of lost shapes for various reasons – says D’Andrea – is primarily, but not exclusively, concerned with women’s health. Considering that today health does not mean the absence of disease but a state of complex psychophysical well-being, due to its characteristics, plastic surgery becomes in many situations the appropriate tool to achieve this goal”.
Plastic surgery and breast cancer
“In breast cancer, for example – emphasizes D’Andrea – plastic surgery plays a very important role, since it reconstructs a mutilated breast removed for oncological reasons, and allows to guarantee a quality of survival to those who have already had the misfortune to encounter cancer. In this regard, in synergy with the Campania region, there is a project to expand the presence of the plastic surgeon in all breast units to give equal opportunities to women who suffer from this serious illness “. Speaking about the importance of the reconstructive surgical approach in breast cancer, Flori Degrassi, national president of ANDOS onlus (Association of women operated on the breast), declares: “ANDOS fought so that the plastic surgeon brings his techniques inside the breast unit Symmetry, after breast cancer surgery, is essential to obtain the physical and psychological rehabilitation of women New therapeutic techniques allow better and better aesthetic results and contribute to to restore women’s self-confidence and, consequently, to make them stronger and more confident”.
Cosmetic surgery and violence against women
Cosmetic surgery also intervenes in the problem of violence against women which, when it becomes physical, often affects the exposed areas and conditions the relational life of those who have suffered it. In this regard, D’Andrea emphasizes: “Plastic surgery, with all its reconstructive techniques, makes it possible to overcome the physical and therefore also psychological damage linked to the act of violence”.
Plastic surgery and genital mutilation
Another form of gender-based violence is genital mutilation, a theme that remained remote from our culture until a few years ago, but which today, thanks to the phenomena of immigration which make us increasingly multi-ethnic, has become very topical and closely linked. to plastic surgery. “In fact, more and more women – says D’Andrea – are asking for our help on this issue. Regenerative medicine as a method of regenerating injured tissue becomes an important possibility to restore form and function, and above all femininity, to women who have suffered these serious mutilations”.
Plastic surgery and eating disorders
Eating disorders and obesity in particular, although not exclusive to women, affect it in a very high percentage. And here too the plastic surgeon plays a very important role. “The remodeling of the body – explains D’Andrea – after the restoration of a normal weight serves to stabilize the result of a food normalization without which the woman’s body would remain in a state of ‘breakdown’ with serious psychological discomfort” .
Beauty as an improvement in the quality of life
Cosmetic surgery, increasingly in demand, also plays a fundamental role in women’s health. “Today, aesthetic treatments – emphasizes D’Andrea – are considered an essential asset and closely linked to the quality of life. The important thing, however, is always to always rely on expert hands. Faced with so many serious professionals – continues D’Andrea – there are many improvised people responsible for damage that inevitably affects women’s health. Precisely for this reason, in synergy with the Region, we have a health education project which, starting from schools, correctly informs about what plastic and aesthetic surgery is today, about what that it can offer and on the risks linked to it if it is practiced without the necessary indications and due security”.
Participating in the roundtable was a very important stakeholder audience. After the usual greetings from the president of the Campania region, Vincenzo De Luca, the mayor of Naples, Gaetano Manfredi, the president of the Order of Physicians of Naples, Bruno Zuccarelli, the director of the newspaper Il Mattino, Federico Monga, the president of the Circolo Tennis Club Napoli, Riccardo Villari, and the president of the company Polaris Farmaceutici, Nazario Matachione, the discussion will begin, introduced by Professor Francesco D’Andrea and moderated by the journalist Cristiana Barone.
The speakers will be: Lucia Fortini, Advisor for Education and Youth Policies of the Campania Region on the importance of health education from schools and young people; Anna Iervolino, General Director of Federico II University Hospital, on plastic surgery as part of a pink label company; Maria Triassi, President of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Naples Federico II, on plastic surgery in the pre- and post-graduate training of future doctors and specialists; Liliana D’Acquisto, vice-president of the Order of Psychologists of Campania, on health understood as psychophysical well-being; Flori Degrassi, national president ANDOS (Association of women operated on the breast) on the importance of the reconstructive surgical approach in breast cancer from the patient’s point of view; Maria Teresa Ferrari, head of the “In Forma” project, on the importance of beauty in society; Alessandro Raggi, vice-president of ANANKE (National Association for Eating Disorders), on the importance of form recovery in patients with eating disorders. To conclude the round table, a reading by the writer Maurizio De Giovanni. The event is with the participation of Enrico Caruso, Rosalia Porcaro and Ida Rendano