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Surgery as Art

DR ANOOP RASTOGI B. MED FACCS

Let us consider the creation of an artwork, a sculpture carved from stone, welded from steel or cast from a constructed mould.


It begins with an “artistic inspiration”, the stimulus or idea from which the sculpture is born.

It progresses to a “creative vision”. The artist visualises in his mind’s eye the sculpture he will create, how the curves will flow, how the proportions will balance, how the features will be emphasised.

Then the accumulation of knowledge and technical skill fostered in the artist during his classical training and developed and mastered over time, is called upon to carve, forge and construct the “vision” until ultimately the magic in the sculptor’s hands transform the raw materials into a work of art.

Now let us consider the breast sculpture.

It begins with an “artistic inspiration,” the patient, a woman, the idea from which the sculpture is born.

It progresses to a “creative vision”. The artist, a surgeon visualises in his mind’s eye the sculpture he will create. How the curves will flow, how the proportions of the shoulders, the breast, the waist, the hips will balance, how the features will be emphasised, and how the aspirations and desires of the patient will be satisfied.

Then the accumulation of knowledge and technical skill fostered in the artist during his classical training and developed and mastered over time is called upon to create surgically the breasts that have been envisaged, until ultimately the magic in the surgeon’s hands transform the woman’s body into a work of art.

And so there is a fusion of art and surgery as the seemingly diametrically opposed science of cutting flesh and world of art merge.

But what of the woman who owns the art?

While a stone sculpture is inanimate, unable to feel the appreciation of those who admire its curves and shape, “Breast Art” is living art. The feelings of femininity, sensuality and womanhood evoked by the breast sculpture radiate from within, giving the artwork an unparalleled depth of meaning as the woman wears her artwork into the world.

Yet the irony is that while art is meant to be discussed, appreciated and admired, the truly artistic surgeon is so skilled that the artwork, which he has so painstakingly created, is in fact assumed to be a work of nature and not recognised at all. The patient, as the ultimate exhibitor and curator has the power to divulge the truth, or simply greet those who compliment her with a Mona Lisa smile.

However the resulting art is chosen to be exhibited, there is no question that as an artist and as a surgeon it is a privilege and an honour to be able to create living art- breast art.

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