Plastic surgery – where to study to practice this profession? Plastic surgery was performed as early as 3,000 years ago in ancient Egypt. In the 6th century BC, one of the most famous Indian physicians, Sushrut Samhit, performed nose reconstructions on his patients. It turns out that many of the techniques used by this specialist are still used in modern medicine today.
Here is an article in which we explain the specifics of the work of a plastic surgeon and advise what should be done to be able to perform this important profession. We invite you to read.
What schools do you need to graduate to become a plastic surgeon?
To become a plastic surgeon, you need to start preparing very early. First of all, in high school you have to pass the extended matriculation exam in biology and chemistry with the best result, so that later you can easily get into medical studies. You should be aware that getting into such studies is not that easy. This requires great dedication and self-denial, because the amount of knowledge to be acquired is really huge.
Medical studies last six years. However, this is only the beginning of the road. Then you have to do an internship. Then comes the time to choose a specialization (implicitly plastic surgery). Unfortunately, the specialization takes another six years. A candidate for the profession of surgeon must also pass a state course. It consists of three parts, i.e. a theoretical knowledge test, a practical test and an oral part. Only then can a plastic surgeon start working in a directional profession. As you can see, the road to becoming a plastic surgeon is really extremely long and tiring.
What qualities must a candidate for a plastic surgeon stand out?
To perform any profession, you need to be distinguished by a whole lot of specific features and skills, which makes it easier to work in a given industry. The same is true for plastic surgeons. Performing this profession is associated with great responsibility and risk. Therefore, it is necessary to be aware of what predispositions are necessary to be able to think about performing this profession at all.
What is the most important? The most important thing is that to practice the profession of a plastic surgeon, it is necessary to have an efficient hand. Manual skills, accuracy, meticulousness and precision are the absolute minimum. Physical strength is also very much needed in this profession. People who are considering studying medicine and pursuing plastic surgery should also know that a plastic surgeon must have a strong personality, be resistant to stress and durable.
In this profession, it is also very important to constantly expand your knowledge. The world of medicine is undergoing significant changes all the time, which is why every doctor must constantly acquire new information and expand his competences. It is also obvious that every plastic surgeon and other doctor must act in a moral and ethical manner, be able to make difficult decisions in stressful situations and be able to ask for help when necessary.
How much does a plastic surgeon earn in Poland?
What are the salaries of plastic surgeons? For many people planning their career path, future earnings are one of the most important issues. Admittedly, the salaries of plastic surgeons are really quite good. According to American statistics, a plastic surgeon can count on an average salary of USD 350,000 per year, which is about USD 30,000 per month, and when converted to PLN, it is USD 100,000.
And what are the statistics on the earnings of plastic surgeons in Poland? The salaries of plastic surgeons in our country are also very good. A surgeon who works in a private facility in our country can count on a salary of PLN 10-15,000 net, while in a public facility, these earnings are slightly lower, ranging from PLN 4,000 to about PLN 7,000.
Plastic surgery and aesthetic medicine – differences
Plastic surgery is often associated with aesthetic surgery. It is worth knowing that aesthetics is only about 10-15% of all plastic surgery. All the rest is repair, restorative, reconstructive and transplant surgery. Specialists in this profession deal with birth defects, cancer, treat bedsores or burns. This whole field was called plastic surgery at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. This was justified by the fact that this field is somewhat reminiscent of the work of a sculptor, an artist.
What is the difference between plastic surgery and aesthetic medicine? It’s quite simple. Plastic surgery is one of the fields of medicine, i.e. surgery. All medical fields have a number of legal regulations. Each surgeon works in a specialized public or private unit, uses a scalpel, cuts the body and its tissues in order to improve it. Aesthetic medicine, on the other hand, means a number of invasive procedures aimed at slowing down the aging process or significantly reducing its first symptoms. Aesthetic medicine is not an alternative to plastic surgery, because these are two completely different issues.