Plastic vs. Cosmetic Surgery
When I tell people that I might want to become a plastic surgeon in the future, they usually give me a "Really? Plastic surgery?" kind of face. They tend to get the wrong idea about it. When people think of plastic surgery, they think breast implants, nose jobs, and tummy tucks. But that’s not what it is at all. Plastic surgery is necessary and therefore reconstructive in nature. Cosmetic surgery, on the other hand, is elective and used to enhance people's features.
In fact, plastic surgery involves more than "face-lifts and liposuction and movie stars,” according to The Suntimes. It is dedicated to the reconstruction of facial and body defects caused by trauma, birth disorders, and diseases. Countless numbers of children with clef lips in third world countries were operated on to give them normal smiles. People with limbs severed by land mines have their body reconstructed by skilled plastic surgeons.
Plastic surgery can sometimes lead to important findings. For example, The Cancer Blog claimed that doctors have found cancerous tissue in women after undergoing breast reduction surgery. 12% of the group of women who had had breast reduction surgery from 1991 to 1999 turned out to have breast cancer.