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    What is plastic surgery?

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  • Dr Mark Edinburg

    Plastic Surgeon (Reconstructive & Cosmetic)

    Utilising my experience and passion for my chosen field of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, I am able to combine my skills as a Specialist Plastic … View Profile

    The 'Plastic' in Plastic Surgery comes from the Greek word 'plastikos' which means "to mould".

    So, Plastic Surgeons are trained to mould, shape and recontour any visible area of the body, whether it be for cosmetic purposes or reconstructive purposes or both. Plastic Surgeons in Australia are trained through the Royal Australian College of Surgeons(RACS), which is the body responsible for training all types of Specialist Surgeons in Australia. All Plastic Surgeons are, therefore, trained to reconstruct many different areas of the body, and the principles can be applied across all areas and conditions. The same prinicples are then used to reconstruct or 'mould' for cosmetic purposes.

    The Surgeon is trained to safely address the presenting problem or concern (with issues ranging from skin cancers to large breasts) by removing the physical issue and then reconstructing the area to produce both a medically safe and aesthetically pleasing result. The aquisition of this level of skill requires years of training, so make sure your Cosmetic Surgeon is always a Plastic Surgeon.  

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