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About Plastic Surgery

Why is it called Plastic Surgery?

The word "plastic" in plastic surgery comes from the Greek "plastikos," which means to mold or give form. It is a fitting way to describe what surgeons do: mold and give form to the human body.

What is a Plastic Surgeon?

Plastic surgeons are the experts in cosmetic surgery. However, many people do not realize that plastic surgeons also look after most of the hand and facial injuries in Canada and the USA. They manage most large wounds including burns. Plastic surgeons treat a large number of patients with skin cancer, and they help the rehabilitation of breast cancer patients with breast reconstruction. They repair congenital deformities like cleft lips and abnormal hands. They participate in leg, hand, face, and skull reconstruction after severe accidents. In fact, if any part of the body is abnormal or needs reconstruction to restore function or appearance after birth, cancer or accidents, plastic surgeons are there to help.

What is Plastic Surgery?

Surgical practices designed to transform the human body began in ancient Egypt in 3000 BC. Later, during the Renaissance, facial wounds from duels and jousts were repaired by pioneering plastic surgeons.

The foundation for modern plastic surgery was laid in the 1800s as surgeons developed more sophisticated tools and techniques to transform the human body.

It was World War I, and its unprecedented volume and scope of facial wounds, however, that catapulted the specialty into prominence. Plastic surgeons were able to reconstruct soldiers' faces, restore their self-confidence, and repair their lives.

Since the 1950's, continued improvements in anesthesia, skin grafting techniques, and other medical advances have made plastic surgery procedures safer and more popular.


Cosmetic surgery

Aesthetic Plastic Surgery involves techniques intended for the "enhancement" of appearance through surgical and medical techniques, and is specifically concerned with maintaining normal appearance, restoring it, or enhancing it beyond the average level toward some aesthetic ideal.