Dr. Plant was recently featured on huffingtonpost.com! In this article, Dr. Plant answers the question, “Why do they call it plastic surgery?” Click here to read the full post on the Huffington Post website!
Plastic Surgery is broad surgical specialty that requires a minimum 5 year residency after completing medical school. The word Plastic in plastic surgery comes from the word plastikos which is greek for “to mould” and it got this name because in general plastic surgery involves manipulating and moving tissue around to suit a specific purpose. Broadly speaking, plastic surgery can be divided into reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, and each of these can be further divided into numerous subspecialties that are beyond the scope of this answer.