The Effects Of Reconstructive Surgery And The Branch Of Plastic Surgery

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Reconstructive Surgery is a branch of plastic surgery that can be defined as the restoration of malfunctioning organs or body parts to their normal function and appearance. The majority of the time, these defective body parts are congenital, while other times they are due to trauma such as injuries or burns. Either case can be difficult to live with owing to the fact that it may interfere with normal, everyday tasks or cause a person to be self-conscious thus limiting their social abilities. Although plastic surgery and the branches associated with it are generally viewed as revolving merely around cosmetics, reconstructive surgery is by no means based solely on appearance. Reconstructive surgery has an interesting history, thorough education and experience requirements, and ethical values, all of which mold a career that does not receive the amount of appreciation that it deserves. The practice of reconstructive surgery can be traced back to 1500 BC where surgeons in India would utilize leaves to perform what is now called “rhinoplasty” to restore the severed noses of criminals. Reconstructive surgery can also be found in Europe in the 1400’s in a Sicilian family that developed advanced ways to repair wounds to ears and lips. Around the time of the Renaissance Period, advances in the practice were halted due to the belief that it “interfered with the artistry and will of God.” (Thompson, 2005) Although the first successful skin graft is credited to Sir Astley Cooper in…

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