Plastic surgery includes the branches of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.
Reconstructive surgery seeks to restore or improve functionality and physical appearance in injuries caused by accidents and burns, in diseases and tumours of the skin and supporting tissues and in congenital anomalies, mainly in the face, hands and genitals.
Cosmetic plastic surgery, on the other hand, deals with patients who are healthy in general and whose purpose is to correct aesthetic alterations in order to obtain greater harmony of the face or body or to combat the effects of ageing.
Sometimes these circumstances affect the patients’ emotional stability, and cosmetic surgery can improve their quality of life in their professional, social and affective relationships.