Plastic surgery is a vast specialty that derives its name from the Greek term ‘plastikós’, meaning ‘to mould’. Thus, essentially in contrast to other surgical specialties, plastic surgery deals with the redistribution or transfer of tissues from one part of the body to the other and also from one person to another through tissue all transplantation. The sub-specialties are aesthetic surgery, hand surgery, trauma and cancer reconstruction, cleft and craniofacial surgery, and burn care.
The popularity of plastic surgery has largely been spurred by technological advancement, skill improvement, and overall economic development in society. This is evident from a large number of patients opting for aesthetic surgery these days. However, this by no means undermines the importance of reconstructive surgery in trauma and cancer patients, which not only restores anatomy but also initiates psychosocial and occupational rehabilitation. In a nutshell, it’s all about reconstructing, restoring, rejuvenating, and rehabilitating.