Synopsis by Sarah Ing
Plastic surgery is not just for Hollywood starlets and aging matrons. Since its invention, it has been used to repair the damage done by man and nature. Nova documents the wonders of modern medicine in Nova: The Wonders of Plastic Surgery. Disfigurement is not a surprise in war, but doctors refuse to accept the ruined visage of a soldier. Across the world, a child is offered a new life with reconstructive surgery. The plan in both cases is to produce a "normal face." The PBS program provides a short history of the techniques and the doctors who use them everyday. For many, plastic surgery brings relief and acceptance. In their eyes, these surgeons are miracle workers.