EditorialsAn Updated Definition of Plastic SurgeryLi, Qingfeng MD, PhDa; Wang, Wenjin MD, PhDa; Zan, Tao MD, PhDa; Xiang, MengPing MD, PhDa; Pu, Lee L. Q. MD, PhDb; Schaefer, Dirk J. MD, PhDc; Ohjimi, Hiroyuki MD, PhDd Author Information From the aDepartment of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, Shanghai Ninth People's Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Medicine, Shanghai, China bDivision of Plastic Surgery, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA cDepartment of Plastic, Reconstructive, Aesthetic and Hand Surgery, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland dDepartment of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, School of Medicine, Fukuoka University, Japan. Received August 7, 2022, and accepted for publication, after revision September 20, 2022. Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: This work is supported by Shanghai Clinical Research Center of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery supported by Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality (Grant No. 22MC1940300), Innovative research team of high-level local universities in Shanghai (Grant NO. SHSMU-ZDCX20210400), Shanghai Municipal Key Clinical Specialty (Grant NO. shslczdzk00901), and Clinical Research Plan of SHDC (Grant No. SHDC2020CR1019B). Reprints: Qingfeng Li, MD, PhD, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, Shanghai ninth people’s hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Medicine, NO. 639, Zhizaoju Road, Shanghai, 200011, China. E-mail: [email protected]. Annals of Plastic Surgery: December 2022 - Volume 89 - Issue 6 - p 593-594 doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000003328 Buy Metrics Abstract Modern medicine tends to provide comprehensive medical services based on disease or pathological features. As a result, the overlap between plastic surgery and other surgical departments greatly deepened. What was exclusively done by plastic surgeons are nowadays frequently practiced by other surgeons as well. Thus, generating confusion as to whether plastic surgery is an independent subject or a tool. Therefore, in this new era of modern medicine, it is necessary to reconsider the definition of plastic surgery. Copyright © 2022 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.