Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are closely related to each other. However, they are not the same. Many plastic surgeons focus their practice on cosmetic surgery, so many people mistakenly think that they are one in the same.
Both cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery aim at modifying a patient’s body. However, the goals are different for each of them. A cosmetic surgeon is involved with improving the aesthetic qualities of the body. This type of surgery is elective, or done by patient preference, because the part of the body operated on is already functioning in a healthy way. Cosmetic surgery is performed by doctors from many different specialties.
Plastic surgery is focused on reconstruction of parts of the body to give them back a normal function and appearance. The problem could be due to birth disorders, trauma, burns and disease. Examples of plastic surgery procedures are: Breast reconstruction, burn repair, congenital defect repair, lower extremity reconstruction, hand surgery and scar revision surgery.
Because the types of surgery are different for these two different types of surgeons, their education is distinct. Physicians who wish to become board certified in plastic surgery must complete a general surgery residency plus two years in plastic surgery. The training for plastic surgeons does not include many of the procedures used in cosmetic surgery.
There are no residency programs in the United States focused solely on cosmetic surgery. Doctors must get training and experience after their residency training. This training is called a post-residency fellowship. The fellowship is for a year exclusively in cosmetic surgery.
Because any licensed physician can legally perform cosmetic surgery, even if their training has not included the specific procedure desired, it is important to know the type of education that your doctor received, specifically with respect to the procedure that you wish to have.
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