Plastic and reconstructive surgery
It really isn't just as simple as looks and money, say Abhilash Jain and Jagdeep Nanchahal
It is widely believed that plastic surgery is synonymous with cosmetic surgery.12 The underlying principles may be the same, although the work undertaken in the NHS by plastic and reconstructive surgeons differs from that undertaken in the private sector, where many procedures are done for cosmetic reasons. Although attention to aesthetics is important, plastic surgeons are involved in a huge and varied caseload that requires cooperation with all other surgical disciplines.
Plastic surgeons are expected to reconstruct virtually every region of the body and often work very closely with orthopaedic, breast, vascular, otonasopharyngeal, and maxillofacial surgeons. Owing to the great variety of operations plastic surgeons undertake it is likely that every medical discipline will come into contact with a team of plastic surgeons at some point. In this article we discuss the role of plastic and reconstructive surgeons and provide information for students considering a career in plastic surgery