Plastic Surgery Film Festival held at AIIMS-Delhi

New Delhi: Around 90 plastic surgeons and trainees from across India submitted nearly 120 short films on how lives have been changed through plastic and reconstructive surgery, 25 of which were screened at a film festival at AIIMS here on Friday.

The Plastic Surgery Film Festival was organized by the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India (APSI) in collaboration with the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Burn Surgery on the occasion of the 12th National Day of Plastic Surgery .

Of the films shown, three were on cosmetic surgery, 20 on burn reconstruction, nine on cleft, craniofacial and congenital diseases, 24 on hand surgery and 23 on trauma surgery, Dr Maneesh Singhal said. , Head of Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Burn Surgery at AIIMS, New Delhi.

These films were judged by a scholarly jury, appointed by the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, Dr Singhal said, adding that among the screened films, six were awarded by APSI.

Union Minister of State for Health Bharti Pravin Pawar has praised the efforts made by APSI to raise awareness about plastic surgery.

AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said it was unfortunate that public perception of what plastic surgery is and what it covers is still largely lacking.

In a study published in the International Surgery Journal in 2019, up to 84% of participants said plastic surgery was only for cosmetic surgery and 70% said plastic was used in plastic surgery, it said. he declares.

Innovative ideas like this film festival will go a long way in changing perceptions about this field and how patients with debilitating diseases, cancers, trauma, burns and birth defects will benefit, said Dr Guleria .

Dr. Ravi Mahajan, president of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India, told the Millennium Post that the motive for the festival was to raise awareness among ordinary people. A lot of people think that plastic surgery is only for the wealthy and wealthy and we have tried to bust that myth. We help patients with their amputated parts and the restoration of badly injured faces and burnt faces.

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