4th December 2011

Art and science in plastic surgery

I am taken by and like very much Jonathan Yeo’s latest series of paintings “you’re only young twice” featured in The Sunday Times Style section today. They have an element of Francis Bacon in the flesh tones and a remarkable feel for tissue tensions and textures which are so important for the surgeon to be sensitive of. He portrays the play of light and shadow on curves beautifully. Extraordinarily he also brings in a reference to Hollywood 50’s glamour and Pan Am or Ad Men aspiration particularly in Endobrow lift. He is right that as plastic surgeons we should have artistic sensitivity but only partly right, perhaps with a romantic hope, that we can leave our own signature. Patients are not a blank canvas.