What is Plastic Surgery? Why the word Plastic?

I frequently get asked about why plastic surgery has the word “plastic” in it. Dr. Wu had written an article about the noble medical profession of Plastic Surgery. I think it was earmarked for Contentment Health Magazine – which it never got published to my knowledge, but I can’t seem to find it at the moment. So here’s my definition.

I love this quote about plastic surgery written by Gaspare Tagliacozzi in 1597:
“We restore, repair, and make whole those parts…which fortune has taken away, not so much that they may delight the eye, but that they may buoy up the spirit and help the mind of the afflicted.”

I work at Surgical Artistry because it is my passion to lift up the spirit, confidence, and health of my patients. And I like to do it one person at a time. Patients come to me with a spark of motivation to use Botox to erase a wrinkle (or Botox for a painful muscle trigger / migraine), then the interest evolves into skin health and then ultimately total body health which includes a whole food plant based diet.

The term plastic means to mold, and is from the Greek word “plastikos”. It was first used to describe a specialty of surgery in 1837 – this was over 75 years before the invention of plastic bottles. Thus Plastic Surgery came before the material called “plastic.” I can see how the public gets confused and think that plastic surgery is all about putting in plastic materials into patients. But it’s not that simple. Both Plastic Surgery and Plastic Bottles got the word “plastic” for the meaning “to be mold-able.”

Today plastic surgery encompasses cosmetic surgery, reconstructive surgery after cancer surgeries and traumatic accidents, HAND surgery, microsurgery, BURN intensive care, craniofacial surgery to fix birth defects like cleft lips, and branches of transplant surgery.

And I love this picture of my wife and I working together. This is what we do everyday at Surgical Artistry.

Nice review from a physician from Los Angeles

Thank you so much for this amazing review.  Dr. Tammy Wu and Dr. Calvin Lee pledge to work hard to live up to these wonderful words.  We work day and night perfecting our results and experiences for our breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and other plastic surgery patients.  We also work hard on our Botox, Kybella, Fillers (ie. Juvederm) and Acupuncture patients.  We love being in Modesto and we hope that Modesto would be proud to have us.

Keller Funnel For Breast Augmentations

For Breast Augmentations, Dr. Tammy Wu uses the Keller Funnel. This is a special device that allows for a “no-touch” technique which protects the breast implant from possible problems such as infection and possibly capsular contraction. And it also allows potentially for a smaller incision on the skin.

Dr. Tammy Wu has known about the Keller Funnel for many years, but it was at the Plastic Surgery Meeting (The Meeting in Los Angeles) in 2016 where she was able to talk to the representatives of the company and set up several subsequent breast surgeries with representative support from the Keller Funnel Company.  She has been using the Keller Funnel since and she is extremely happy with this product, as are her Modesto breast augmentation patients.

Dr. Tammy Wu has been operating every single work day since she came back from her Sacramento meditation retreat.

Dr. Tammy Wu founded Surgical Artistry in Modesto along with her surgeon-husband, Dr. Calvin Lee in 2006.  She focuses her work on Breast Augmentations and Tummy Tucks.  Her husband specializes in Acupuncture and Cosmetic Injections (Botox, Kybella, Fillers, Veins).  The Keller Funnel is one example of how they strive for the best results for their patients every single day.

More information regarding the Keller Funnel for Breast Implants