The Mandate of Plastic Surgery
Often plastic surgeons are equated as nothing more than qualified hairstylists. A nip here and a tuck there is all the patient wants, and she or he perceives that such endeavors are nothing more than what they sound like. A patient who comes in for an abdominoplasty tells me “Dr. Egrari, all I want is for you to remove the little bit of skin that I have in my lower abdomen”. She makes it sound like a trivial visit to the salon and expects not only perfection but also no down time recovery.
Unfortunately that is not really what happens. A major surgery like abdominoplasty is an effective operation, but carries with it serious risks such as major wound separations, bleeding and perhaps death. So trivializing such venture is an indication of a public that is too involved with the “Extreme Makeover” culture of Hollywood and our popular media. As board certified plastic surgeons, we pride ourselves with a mandate of years of training in surgical specialties and years of technical and artistic experience. We have a mandate that allows us the privilege of taking your lives in our hands.
The mandate of plastic surgeons and plastic surgery is well demonstrated in the four main objectives of The Plastic Surgery Foundation, the main research wing of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons that supports the ideas of Research, innovation, training, and humanitarian activities. Through its support of clinically relevant research, this foundation helps establish American Board of Plastic Surgery certified plastic surgeons as the gold standard of care in both reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. Through innovation it brings new ideas and paradigms for the care of our patients. By supporting training it assures that all board certified plastic surgeons have the opportunity to be the best that they can be and provide safe and effective operative care. And of course, by its involvement with humanitarian activities it gives back to the society and inspires both plastic and non plastic surgeons. These four pillars are what give us the support of relevant research that is required to really understand the basics of care and the important elements of the everyday operations that we do. Visit The Plastic Surgery Foundation.