Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

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Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

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Why is Cosmetic Surgery Called “Plastic” Surgery?

Plastic surgery gets its name because it is a surgical specialty involving the restoration, reconstruction, or alteration of the body. Plastic surgery can be divided into two categories. The first is reconstructive surgery, which includes craniofacial surgery, hand surgery, microsurgery and the treatment of burns. The other category is cosmetic or aesthetic surgery.

While reconstructive surgery aims to reconstruct a part of the body or improve its functioning, cosmetic surgery aims at improving the appearance of it. Both of these techniques are used throughout the world in modern surgical procedures.

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