The term “plastic” comes from the Greek word “plastikos,” meaning to mold or give form. Plastic surgery does just that – it gives new form to the human body. The specialty includes two kinds of procedures: reconstructive surgery, or procedures done to repair birth defects and deformities caused by accidents or disease, and cosmetic or aesthetic surgery, including facelifts, nose reshaping, fat suction and other procedures done to enhance appearance.
No matter what type of plastic surgery you’re considering, the most important factor in its success is the surgeon you choose.
How can you find a well-trained, qualified, experienced plastic surgeon? This information can help you make an informed choice. It was prepared by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), a professional society dedicated to quality care for plastic surgery patients through education, research and the promotion of high professional standards.