Plastic Surgery

By: Chris Maglio, Matt Hoover, and Josh Scuderi

Job Description

  • Plastic surgeons are doctors who deal with replacing, repairing or reconstructing various parts of the body
  • These are often facial features but can also be other parts of the body, such as the torso or the hand
  • Plastic Surgeons not only perform elective surgeries, but also treat clef pallets and burn victims

Job Duties

  • Unlike most doctors, who have to be on call all the time, plastic surgeons normally have scheduled days and make it home for dinner
  • The majority of a plastic surgeon’s work is elective surgery such as breast enhancement, facial reconstruction, and liposuction
  • There are some plastic surgeons who must work a burn unit
  • This is a unit dedicated to incoming trauma victims with severe burns that must be attended to immediately

Education Requirements

  • Plastic Surgeons must complete College and Medical School Averaging 6-8 years of schooling
  • After all of their schooling, plastic surgeons still must complete 5 years of residency
  • After this the surgeons must pass their boards to become an attending at a hospital

Best Schools for Study

  • The three top schools for plastic surgery are Harvard, Yale, and Stanford
  • These programs are extremely prestigious and aid their students in finding jobs right out of college
  • Top locations fro plastic surgery include North Korea and Southern California

Salary Range

  • The salary of a plastic surgeon depend on the location of the profession
  • Overall the average salary for plastic surgeons ranges between 300,000 to 800,000 dollars a year
  • If someone is a very successful and popular plastic surgeon they could possibly have a multi million dollar salary

Outlook for Employment

  • Only 53 percent of medical students receive a job right out of college
  • For plastic surgeons it goes down to roughly 43 percent because their medical field is contained to specific parts of the country where it is more popular
  • Also because they are not as widely needed around the world as say a general or cardio thoracic surgeon

Fun Facts about Plastic Surgery

  • During the Middle Ages, plastic surgery was typically deemed pagan and sinful because the spilling of blood by a surgeon and the power the surgeon had over the body were akin to magic
  • Many plastic surgeries in the early Renaissance were performed in barber shops
  • Americans spent $13.2 billion on plastic surgery in 2006

Never Forget…

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