What Is a Plastic Surgeon?

A Plastic Surgeon restores form and function to the human body after illness or injury. They also perform aesthetic or ‘cosmetic’ surgery that changes appearance. They work on the whole body and treat patients of both sexes. Their work is highly rewarding as procedures can drastically improve a patient’s quality of life. It requires excellent visuospatial awareness, hand-eye coordination and leadership skills. Personal emotional resilience is required due to the impact of the job on patients who have experienced severe disfigurement.Read more :

Who is called plastic surgery?

Plastic surgeons work with a wide range of other surgical specialties including general surgery, gynecology, oncology, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery and otolaryngology (head and neck) to reconstruct abnormalities and injuries. This makes them inherent team players.

The 1800s saw the development of the rhinoplasty procedure and techniques for skin grafting which allowed the reconstruction of lost tissues after trauma or cancer treatment. It is these developments which largely define the field of plastic surgery today.

There are currently two models of training in plastic surgery. One involves completing a full residency in another surgical specialty followed by six years of plastic surgery training. The other involves a TIG (Training Interface Group) Fellowship which combines the core curriculum of plastic surgery with specific areas of sub-specialty interest such as oncoplastic breast surgery or major trauma. Regardless of the model chosen, surgeons must have extensive training in breast, craniofacial, cosmetic, flaps and pedicles, microsurgery, reconstructive surgery and upper extremity.

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