What is Plastic Surgery?
The term “plastic” refers to the ability to reshape, sculpt or remodel and is derived from the Greek word plastikē.
The surgical definition of “plastic” first appeared in 1839 and its name has become synonymous with restoration of human form and function.
Plastic and reconstructive surgery has a rich heritage with its earliest references noted in the Edwin Smith Papyrus, a transcription of ancient Egyptian medical practices dating from 3000 to 2500 BC. Evidence of reconstructive nasal surgery being performed in India in 800 BC formed the foundation of our specialty and subsequently, the techniques of moving tissue around the body developed by Italian, Gaspare Tagliacozzi in the mid-1500’s were resurrected in the 20th century by pioneer surgeons such as Sir Harold Gilles and Archibald MacIndoe.
We go back a long way!