Plastic surgery is much more than cosmetic surgery, or what people refer to as “beauty surgery”. The specialty of Plastic Surgery consists of four main components:
- Reconstructive plastic surgery which is all about restoring appearance and function to the human body after illness or accident, or if they are born with deformities like cleft lip and palate
- Aesthetic plastic surgery (also called “cosmetic surgery”) which is done to change the appearance by choice,
- Hand surgery which deals with all conditions affecting the soft tissues and bones on hand and fingers, and
- Burn surgery, where patients receive surgical help either during the acute stage of the injury, or later, when deformities caused by burn wounds need to be reconstructed.
All four fields form part of the surgical expertise a qualified and certified specialist in plastic surgery displays and uses during everyday practice – like Dr Tilman Stasch. Although you hear people mostly talking about cosmetic plastic surgery, the main work of the modern plastic surgeon is reconstructive: covering all aspects of wound healing and reconstruction after congenital, acquired and traumatic problems, for the restoration of function and appearance. Aesthetic surgery plays an important part in the working week, depending on the special interests, expertise and skills of the surgeon.
Etymologically, the adjective “plastic” in plastic surgery stands for “sculpting, modelling or moulding” and derives from the Greek word plasticos.
At the Vitality Fountain Clinic, our extensive experience of reconstructive plastic surgery techniques informs our practice when we engage in aesthetic surgery. In turn, our work on form, shape and appearance helps us when we are carrying out reconstructive procedures.