Fair since the title incorporates the word "plastic" doesn't cruel patients who have this surgery conclusion up with a confront full of fake stuff. The title isn't taken from the manufactured substance but from the Greek word plastikos, which implies to create or form (and which gives the fabric plastic its title as well). Plastic surgery could be a uncommon sort of surgery that can alter a person's appearance and capacity to function.

Reconstructive procedures correct defects on the face or body. These include physical birth defects like cleft lips and palates and ear deformities, traumatic injuries like those from dog bites or burns, or the aftermath of disease treatments like rebuilding a woman's breast after surgery for breast cancer.

Cosmetic (also called aesthetic) procedures alter a part of the body that the person is not satisfied with. Common cosmetic procedures include making the breasts larger (augmentation mammoplasty) or smaller (reduction mammoplasty), reshaping the nose (rhinoplasty), and removing pockets of fat from specific spots on the body (liposuction). Some cosmetic procedures aren't even surgical in the way that most people think of surgery — that is, cutting and stitching. For example, the use of special lasers to remove unwanted hair and sanding skin to improve severe scarring are two such treatments.