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Plastic, Reconstructive, Cosmetic and Hand Surgery
Plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery refers to surgery of the skin and of its underlying structures in any part of the body, whether in relation to congenital, acquired, or post-traumatic problems, or to problems connected with ageing. It restores and corrects the external form of the body – including that of the face and hand – and provides for functional recovery. Cosmetic surgery is an integral part of this speciality.
he skin is the body’s most extensive organ. This organ has several functions, which include:
The skin is a vital organ: if a large area of it is destroyed, the patient will die unless he/she receives treatment. This is the case, for example, when someone suffers extensive burns.
As with the other organs of the body, there are doctors and surgeons for whom the skin represents their specialist domain. Doctors who specialise in treating skin conditions are called dermatologists.
Surgeons who specialise in treating skin conditions are called plastic surgeons. As well as working on the skin, their area of expertise covers non-visceral soft tissue (fat, muscles, tendons, aponeuroses, blood vessels and peripheral nerves).