Saturday, September 11, 2010

What is the difference between a Plastic Surgeon and a Cosmetic Surgeon?

The difference is everything, the difference is nothing.

It depends on whose perspective it's coming from. By definition, all plastic surgeons are trained and capable of performing "cosmetic surgery," but not all Cosmetic Surgeons are Plastic Surgeons. What does this mean? It means that the true education, training, and ability of a Plastic Surgeon encompasses ALL that is cosmetic surgery, but those who call themsevles "cosmetic surgeons or cosmetic doctors" are not all Plastic Surgeons. The reason is that there are many different groups of doctors and even nondoctors, who would like to have the mystique and therefore the "confusion" of cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery next to their names without the true training of a plastic surgeon. In other words, there is the "real deal" and then the "wannabes."

This distinction is extremely important if you consider the importance of education, training, and ability of the person who will be making permanent changes to your face, hands, breast, body, etc with such instruments as a scalpel, electrocautery, or a suction cannula. Much of what is done in surgery is irreversible and the best chance for success is always the first chance. Why would you risk your face to someone who might have taken a weekend course to call themsevles a "cosmetic doctor"?

You might ask, "So what is the big deal? So what if a family practice doctor or a chiropractor says s/he is a 'cosmetic doctor/surgeon'?" The problem is that those who don't know the difference will likely think that this "cosmetic doctor" is a plastic surgeon. Next thing you know, you've just had your face or body irreversibly botched up by this person. It's about safety and real credentials. If you had trained to be an elite in the special forces of the military, a Navy SEAL or an Army Green Beret, you would not take kindly to someone military or nonmilitary stating they were something "like a SEAL or Green Beret." You either are the real thing, or are not. You either took the difficult, real path to the destination, or you did not.

There is only one plastic surgery board that is sanctioned by the American Board of Medical Specialities (AMBS), the gold standard of medical specialties, and it the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). For those of you who are embarking on the path to become a plastic surgeon, you need to know this difference and understand what it takes to become a part of an elite specialty where only 200 true plastic surgeons are produced per year at major academic medical centers. You can choose to join other boards with "plastic or cosmetic" in their names, but they are not true speciality boards. Some of these boards do carry some weight, but there is still only one that is part of the ABMS.

So back to the question. It depends on who you are. If you are a real plastic surgeon, the difference is everything; if you are not, you'd like to say the difference is nothing.

35 comments:

erin said...

Really good explained the difference between both by you. I did not know about that. Before this I mean that both of the surgery are equal.
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Lipo said...

A plastic surgeon re-constructive surgery as having a deformed body part or have been in a serious accident. a plastic surgeon do boob jobs and nose jobs and how to make a person feel better abut their appearance.
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People has to get rid of many misunderstanding like this. Its really an eye opener.

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Bettie said...

It is always important (a matter of life and death, even) to make a distinction between such professional terminologies, as the knowledge of one professional isn't exactly that of the other, especially if their titles are closely related. To this, extra care must be taken by would-be patients regarding their concerns.

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Catherine Boston said...

So you can say plastic & cosmetic surgery get many difference and also nothing. Cosmetic surgery is dependable on plastic surgery but plastic surgery in not dependable. Both surgery get help of change appearance.

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Cutis Medical said...

You can know the difference between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery. Good post

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Shavonda Duarte said...

This is a highly informative article. A lot of people don’t mind bother to know the exact difference between a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon because they think that they’re the same doctors. However, these medical professionals have specializations that patients should consider so they can get the surgeon that has the most experience and skills in the procedure that they want to have. By the way, the difference is everything to me. :)

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Echo Li said...

Wow, i agreed with your review. I only know that the Plastic Surgeryis becoming more and more popular as a way to change features about your face or body that you are unhappy with. Having a good surgery is necessary to choose the plastic surgeon.

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Meagan Dako said...

Impressive explanation! Thanks because it's now clear to me between them. Thanks for the information.

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Dr. Enfry Salas said...


I say its about experience, for example, the liposuction was invented by an italian gynecologist Dr. George Fisher, and the solution that its used to do tumescent cosmetic surgeries was invented by a dermatologist Dr. Klein from Newport, Cali. Some plastic surgeons are awesome in cosmetic surgeries, and some from other surgical specialities are awesome in cosmetic surgeries as well. If we both have the same great results and experience, then we are both good cosmetic surgeons.

James Ioanna said...

Hi Charles, I Like your content. To become a plastic surgeon in clinical practice, a doctor should be fully licensed to practice medicine and must be subject to at least five or six years of a residency training program in formal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery where as a cosmetic or aesthetic surgeons is a doctor who perform cosmetic surgery procedures, regardless of the training they have received. Therefore, the use of the titles "cosmetic surgeon" or "Cosmetic Surgeon" can mean many different things.
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Jack Ruescher said...
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Jack Ruescher said...

Hi Charles,
You have posted a very useful post. Many times people are considering that both plastic and cosmetic surgeons are same. This post will must help them.

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Elina Mark said...

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plastic surgeon re-constructive surgery as having a deformed body part or have been in a serious accident.

Gary Puntman said...

Thanks for this information. I'm thinking about going back to school and becoming a plastic surgeon. I want to learn more about the techniques before I do it.
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Lily Vincent said...

Thanks for the distinction--that makes more sense. The comments clear up the difference between cosmetic and plastic surgery as well. Keep posting!

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Hannah Page said...

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Marian Smith said...

Thanks for sharing this. Some people define Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery same. And they seems the same, restoring and enhancing the part of the body. There are so confused with this. Anyway, again thanks for sharing this, you really differentiate the two.

Elina Mark said...

Physical appearance is just for name sake. But the fact is every human think about it very much; beauty has a great importance in their life. I was also in that stage 3 years back; I did a surgery for my left ear it was little big and due to that my appearance was not so good. I got some information from Plastic Surgery Houston and it helps to go ahead with it.

Elina Mark said...

Physical appearance is just for name sake. But the fact is every human think about it very much; beauty has a great importance in their life. I was also in that stage 3 years back; I did a surgery for my left ear it was little big and due to that my appearance was not so good. I got some information from Plastic Surgery Houston and it helps to go ahead with it.

Brad Hooper said...

Thank you for clarifying the difference and similarities between the two. I had always thought they they were two title that meant the same thing. Plastic surgeons have more education and training. http://www.westlinnplasticsurgery.com