What is the Difference between Plastic Surgeons & Cosmetic Surgeons?

Electing to undergo a plastic surgery procedure means educating yourself about doctors who work as plastic surgeons. Just as you might interview a few different contractors for your home remodel or speak with a few different lawyers when seeking legal representation, the same research is necessary when choosing a plastic surgeon.

As you perform your research, you may see the phrases “plastic surgeon” and “cosmetic surgeon” used interchangeably.

What is the Difference between Plastic Surgeons & Cosmetic SurgeonsCommon Questions about Plastic Surgeons vs. Cosmetic Surgeons:

  • Is there a difference between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon?
  • Is the education/training for plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery the same?
  • Should you seek out a particular type of medical professional when seeking procedures like a breast reduction, tummy tuck, or facial rejuvenation like fillers?

Although it’s easy to use the terms in a general sense to describe various procedures, there is a difference of which you should be aware as you begin searching for your future doctor.

Training in Plastic Surgery Versus Cosmetic Surgery

You’ll often see “board-certified plastic surgeon” on a doctor’s website, and this designation means the doctor has undergone general medical training, as well as medical training focused on plastic surgery. After completing medical school, a board-certified plastic surgeon will spend three years working as a surgical resident where he or she will train in surgery like all surgeons.

After this initial surgical residency, the doctor will then move on to training that’s specialized in plastic surgery. This additional training requires at least three years of practice, and the overall amount of time a doctor may spend in training can last as long as eight years or more. The doctor may further his or her training with fellowships in specific areas like pediatric or aesthetic surgery.

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A doctor working as a cosmetic surgeon is different in that he or she may have received training in another medical specialty, but has not trained as a plastic surgery resident. A cosmetic surgeon may be a general surgeon or family physician who has decided to begin offering various cosmetic procedures. Training may include a year-long fellowship, as well as short, focused courses on various procedures like liposuction and injectables.

Some plastic surgeons go quite far in specializing in various surgical types. For example, some doctors may specialize in reconstructive surgery, which is a branch of plastic surgery often deemed medically necessary. Reconstructive procedures, including breast reconstruction, are often covered by health insurance, and doctors may describe their specialty as aesthetic surgery.

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Working with a board-certified plastic surgeon is important because that doctor has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). This organization is the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). It’s essential to understand that the phrase “board-certified” doesn’t necessarily indicate a doctor is recognized by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).

A cosmetic surgeon may indicate he or she is “board-certified,” but he may have a certificate from a different group such as the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, which is different from the ABPS. If you’re seeking a plastic surgeon that’s board-certified, you should make sure the certification comes from the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).

Plano Plastic Surgery Procedures Offered at Renaissance includes:

  • Liposuction and Laser Lipo
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Mommy Makeover
  • Daddy Do-over
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Reconstruction including TRAM Flap and DIEP Flap Procedures
  • Breast Reduction
  • Face Lifts
  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • Facial Rejuvenation

It’s Okay to Ask Questions

Common Questions about Plastic Surgeons vs. Cosmetic SurgeonsAs you meet with plastic surgeons in the Dallas area for your initial consultations (it’s okay to get more than one consultation), it’s a good idea to come prepared with a list of questions for the doctor. He or she should be ready and willing to answer any questions you have, as well as expand upon his or her training and the procedures in which he or she specializes.

The ultimate goal for any cosmetic surgeon is to ensure the complete satisfaction of his or her patients and helping to educate patients is just one of the ways a doctor can create a comfortable and calm surgical experience.

Get in touch with Dr. Jeff Angobaldo of Renaissance Plastic Surgery in Plano for more information on what it means to be board-certified and licensed in the State of Texas. The caring and experienced staff of Renaissance will answer any questions you have about plastic surgery and aesthetic procedures offered.

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