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I've heard this analogy frequently, that plastic surgery can be considered an art form as much as a medical profession. What do you guys think of this? Does plastic surgery actually qualify as a means of self expression? Could it be considered as artful as a Dali sketch or a Schubert composition?
 

Drrrrrr. Celty

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Surgery is basically sculpting except instead of marble or clay you've got tissue.
 

ElChamaco

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A plastic surgeon I shadowed thought this was a ridiculous comparison to make. He said his work was much more about attention to detail than any sort of artistic expression. Everything can be said to be an "art" if you want to make the statement, but at least this surgeon thought that it was not a valid characterization of his profession. Also, nothing I saw in the 60 hours or so of OR time I spent with him seemed any more "artistic" than any other surgery. Perhaps some narcissistic plastic surgeons would like to harp on about how it is more of an "art" than any other form of surgery or medicine.
 

torshi

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A plastic surgeon I shadowed thought this was a ridiculous comparison to make. He said his work was much more about attention to detail than any sort of artistic expression. Everything can be said to be an "art" if you want to make the statement, but at least this surgeon thought that it was not a valid characterization of his profession. Also, nothing I saw in the 60 hours or so of OR time I spent with him seemed any more "artistic" than any other surgery. Perhaps some narcissistic plastic surgeons would like to harp on about how it is more of an "art" than any other form of surgery or medicine.
Before you shadowed the plastic surgeon, did you call up his clinic and ask for shadowing or how do you set it up?
I plan on shadowing multiple physicians this coming summer. I was thinking of calling up there clinics and asking if they allow it.
 

ElChamaco

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No. He was a colleague of a general surgeon who occasionally volunteered his time at a free clinic I worked at. This was overseas but the plastic surgeon received his residency and fellowship training in the US.

Nevertheless, it shouldn't be too hard to set up shadowing opportunities, I don't think.

Good luck.
 
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Plastic surgery is a special type of surgery that can involve both a person's appearance and ability to function. It is the process of reconstructing or repairing parts of the body like lips,nose, jaw. This procedures, once only accessible to the rich, are now more affordable and attainable for everyone.
 
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Plastic surgery can be considered a form of art...... or a form of MATH! Maybe, plastic surgeons have to unconsciously measure the perfect ratio (phi 1.618).. or not.
 

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It's interesting that you ask this because the WSJ blog was recently grappling with the issue of whether or not you could copyright a nose job or anything similiar to that. This all arose from that tattoo artist who copyrighted Mike Tyson's facial tattoo and saying that any use of it outside those cauliflower ears was infringement. I think if the courts decide that you can copyright nose jobs or other plastic surgery procedures then it can be considered art.