Plastic Surgery

Definition - What does Plastic Surgery mean?

Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty focused on reconstruction. Plastic surgery is also known as reconstructive surgery, as the goal of the procedures is the reconstruction of damaged and dysfunctional areas of the body. Very often, the reconstruction of certain body parts will result in the enhancement of the appearance of the individual, but the primary purpose of plastic surgery is restoring function – the aesthetical aspect is a fortunate consequence of the surgery performed.

TheConsultation explains Plastic Surgery

The terms “plastic surgery” and “cosmetic surgery” are often treated as synonyms, but wrongly so. While cosmetic surgery, as the name itself indicates, has the goal of enhancing the patient’s physical appearance, plastic surgery is synonymous with reconstructive surgery, as it is performed in order to restore function to the body. Very often, restoring the function of a body part results in improving the aesthetics of the said body part, but that is not the primary goal of a plastic surgery operation.

Many patients, however, choose to combine plastic and cosmetic surgery and improve their appearance alongside correcting dysfunctional areas on the body. Plastic surgery deals with any type of anatomic defects and deformities of the human body, regardless of if the issues were part of an inborn defect or were a result of an illness or accident.

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