Why is it called Plastic Surgery?

Plastic surgery is called so because the term “plastic” comes from the Greek word “plastikos,” which means “to mold” or “to shape.” Plastic surgery involves reshaping or altering the appearance of a part of the body through surgical techniques. The term “plastic” in this context refers to molding or reshaping rather than the material known as plastic. Initially, plastic surgery was primarily associated with reconstructive procedures to restore form and function to parts of the body affected by injury, disease, congenital anomalies, or trauma. However, over time, the field of plastic surgery has expanded to include aesthetic or cosmetic procedures aimed at enhancing appearance rather than addressing medical issues.

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