Plastic surgeons help veterans heal wounds of war



By Linda Carroll

“The injuries were from head to toe,” Casserly says. “Kinda one of those you name it I had it.”

An important part of Casserly’s road home has been the efforts of plastic surgeons to erase the scars left by the explosion.

“If it was a guy, I think my scars would be really cool,” she says. “But because I’m a girl, I want to be pretty. I think that’s probably the biggest thing. I get stared at a lot.”

While liposuction and lip plumping in the rich and famous grab most of the headlines, there are also less heralded plastic surgeries that are helping the nation’s veterans heal.

In South Beach, Dr. Sergio Alvarez, spends two days each week helping to repair the damage wrought by war.

“Maybe my life is full of contrasts,” Alvarez told TODAY for the “Secrets of Plastic Surgery” series. “I’ve been very hire vetsblessed, and it gives me a lot of pleasure to give back. The procedures that we’re able to do as plastic surgeons give people the ability to change the way they think, the way they feel, and the way they interact on a day-to-day basis.”

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