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Both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery is undertaken at St. Anthony's Hospital. Cosmetic surgery is an elective procedure with the aim of enhancing your physical appearance. The function of reconstructive plastic surgery is to repair damaged skin and soft tissue (the superficial fascia). The damage may be the result of injury, disease or a congenital birth defect. The aim is to restore it to a level that is as close to normal as possible.

The two surgeries go hand in hand: a surgeon's understanding of the aesthetics of form and appearance can inform their reconstructive work; similarly reconstructive surgery broadens the understanding of form and structure, which can inform the surgeon's cosmetic work.