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What is Reconstructive Plastic Surgery?
The art & practice of plastic surgery encompasses the restoration, rejuvenation and the enhancement of the patient. Typically, Plastic surgery can be divided into two main speicalities: reconstructive & aesthetic/cosmetic surgery. Reconstructive plastic surgery is performed to correct functional impairments caused by burns, traumatic injuries such as facial bone fractures/ breaks, congenital abnormalities such as cleft palates/ cleft lips, developmental abnormalities, infection/ disease and cancer/ tumors. Reconstructive plastic surgery is usually performed to improve function, but it may be done to approximate a normal form or appearance. The surgical field of plastic surgery is quite voluminous and covers many surgical fields to include burn, breast, body contouring, cosmetic, craniofacial, hand, microsurgery, pediatric and occuloplastic surgery.