Plasticos Foundation was founded in 1999 by Orange County plastic surgeon Dr. Larry Nichter. In subsequent years his private practice partner, Dr. Jed Horowitz, joined forces to help expand the program. Plasticos Foundation strives to be an enduring philanthropic plastic surgery organization based on humanitarian intentions. By establishing host-country medical alliances, the Plasticos team is able to increase its impact by providing reconstructive plastic surgery to those in need, as well as, surgical training to residing doctors so proper care can be continued. Plasticos Foundation is comprised of dedicated volunteers who believe wholeheartedly in the mission of helping those who cannot help themselves.
Until this year, Plasticos Foundation only performed surgery in poverty-stricken, underdeveloped countries outside of the United States. In these regions, children are frequently born with congenital disfigurements, which are oftentimes perceived negatively by their society, thus resulting in a life filled with shame, pain, and hopelessness. In some areas, these children are hidden from others and never allowed to run, play, laugh, and thrive as a normal child.
Acute burns are another common disfigurement in impoverished areas. The use of kerosene to cook and heat can result in unintentional injury. Astonishingly, in some areas, girls are intentionally set ablaze as punishment for things society frowns upon. Plasticos Foundation is able to provide corrective surgery, so these children can work towards having a happy, normal life.
In early 2016, Plasticos Foundation expanded its efforts by performing post-mastectomy breast reconstruction surgery on recovering cancer patients. Reconstructive surgery is not typically offered in impoverished countries, and like the children mentioned above, society tends to reject these women, affecting their ability to work and support their families.