A career in...
A career in plastic surgery
Where to begin and how to get your dream job
- By: Luke Addison, James Rudd, Lopa Patel
Are you thinking of plastic surgery as a career? You may have already joined your medical school’s surgical society or started suturing a banana or pig’s trotter. Although plastic surgery tends to be a popular career choice for junior doctors, little about the specialty is understood by medical students.12 So what does being a plastic surgeon entail? Why should you consider it as a career, and how do you get ahead of the game?
“Plastic surgery” is derived from three Greek terms: plastic from “plattein” meaning to “form, mould, create,” and surgery (more like the German “chir-urgie”) formed by the two words “kheir” meaning “hand,” and “ergon” meaning “work, art.”
The two main aims of plastic surgery are to restore form and function or to reconstruct and preserve aesthetics. Reconstructive plastic surgery focuses on the correction of congenital, unintentional, or acquired disfiguration, whereas aesthetic surgery, in part, has evolved to