As President of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, I welcome you to our web site.
Commonly asked questions are "What is Plastic Surgery?" and "Why is it called Plastic Surgery?" Plastikos is a Greek term, which means to create, to form, or to reconstruct. Although most people understand that plastic surgeons perform cosmetic (aesthetic) surgery, many still do not know that Canadian Plastic Surgeons actually spend a large part of their time repairing the damage caused by accidents and diseases of the hand such as carpal tunnel syndrome, and that we perform most of the hand surgery in Canada. We also perform many types of operations on the breast such as reconstruction after breast cancer and breast reduction.
Plastic surgeons rebuild bones and soft tissue of legs and other body parts after devastating accidents and cancer surgery. We also treat a very large number of Canadians who get skin cancer. Canadian Plastic Surgeons repair all types of facial defects such as cleft lips of unfortunate children born with deformities. These and many other rebuilding aspects of Plastic Surgery have led to the name Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which we proudly perform for Canadians and for other less fortunate people abroad on a volunteer basis.
A Canadian plastic surgeon is a well-trained, qualified specialist who has passed the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons examinations and is certified to practice Plastic Surgery. The Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery are the Canadian organizations to which practicing plastic surgeons belong. Education is an important part of the activity of these organizations both to the membership and the general public. Annual scientific meetings are held to share knowledge and expertise in order to improve our quality of care and advance the practice of plastic surgery.
Plastic Surgery involves practicing technically demanding surgery that is also an art. Our primary aspiration with our knowledge and experience is to help our patients understand what can be done, fully inform them as to benefits and risks and perform the surgery with the highest standards. Our goal is for a successful outcome and a satisfied patient.
The Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons looks forward to sharing new technologies and implementing new techniques as they are discovered in Canada and the world. Our members are involved in international organizations in aesthetic surgery, burns, breast surgery, cancer, hand surgery, maxillofacial surgery and trauma. An important part of our activity is in providing charitable service, where needed, to underprivileged countries and in so doing facilitating good relationships between these countries and Canada.
Dr. Douglas Ross