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The purpose of this surgical specialty is to rejuvenate and/or reshape the face and the figure of healthy subjects. Reshaping is meant to modify certain parts of the body by reducing or enlarging them.
In addition, it both involves an artistic aspect because it aims at beauty and a psychological aspect because its purpose is to improve the equilibrium and the well-being of the patients.
Plastic surgery must be distinguished from reconstructive surgery, the purpose of which is to reconstruct what nature, disease or trauma has destroyed or deformed (for example breast reconstruction after a removal due to cancer).