What’s the Difference from Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic Surgery?
Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are closely related specialties, but they are not the same.
If you’ve always thought cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery were one in the same, you’re not alone. A significant number of plastic surgeons choose to focus their practice on cosmetic surgery, and as such, the terms are often used interchangeably. But this is not technically correct.
Cosmetic Surgery & Plastic Surgery Have Different Goals!!
Cosmetic Surgery: Focused on Enhancing Appearance.
The scope of cosmetic surgery procedures includes:
・Breast Enhancement: Augmentation, Lift, Reduction
・Facial Contouring: Rhinoplasty, Chin, or Cheek Enhancement
・Facial Rejuvenation: Facelift, Eyelid Lift, Neck Lift, Brow Lift
・Body Contouring: Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Gynecomastia Treatment
・Skin Rejuvenation: Laser Resurfacing, Botox®, Filler Treatments
Plastic Surgery: Focused on Repairing Defects to Reconstruct a Normal Function & Appearance.
Examples of plastic surgery procedures:
・Burn Repair Surgery
・Congenital Defect Repair: Cleft Palate, Extremity Defect Repair
・Lower Extremity Reconstruction
・Scar Revision Surgery
Cosmetic Surgery Training is Obtained Separately from Plastic Surgery Training.
As cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery each have distinct practice goals built around a specific procedure set, it only follows that the training and certification process for a board certified cosmetic surgeon will look very different from that of a board certified plastic surgeon.
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