Cosmetic Surgery Versus Plastic Surgery. What’s The Difference?

There has been a great misconception towards cosmetic and plastic surgery in general. Even though a lot of women have now benefited or destroyed their bodies through one of both, many people still don’t understand what it entails.

One big issue for many people is that cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery may seem like the same thing, but the answer is NO, plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are definitely different. And before you go under a knife to make changes or corrections to your body, it is wise to know the difference.

Cosmetic surgery is a unique discipline that focuses on appearance enhancement via surgical or medical techniques. It can be performed on all areas of the head, neck and body. In medicine, Cosmetic surgery is described as an elective surgery. This is due to the fact that it treats areas that function properly. Therefore, it is performed by doctors from a variety of medical fields including plastic surgeons, who are trained to help you achieve the body type that you desire.

Cosmetic surgery includes:

  • Breast Enhancement: Breast Augmentation, Breast lift, Breast reduction.
  • Facial contouring: Rhinoplasty, Chin, or Cheek Enhancement.
  • Facial Rejuvenation: Face Lift, Eyelid Lift, Neck lift, and Brow lift.
  • Body Contouring: Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, and Gynecomastia Treatment.
  • Skin Rejuvenation: Laser Resurfacing, Botox, and Filler treatment.

Plastic Surgery on the other hand, is a surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns and diseases. Plastic surgery is reconstructive in nature and is intended to correct dysfunctional areas of the body.

Unlike cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery can only be performed by plastic surgeons alone. Please underline that sentence, and bear it in mind before subjecting yourself to the brutal unprofessionalism of an unqualified doctor despite any review you might have heard about them.

Plastic Surgeries include:

  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Burn Repair Surgery
  • Congenital Defect Repair: Cleft Palate, Extremity Defect Repair
  • Lower Extremity Reconstruction
  • Scar Revision Surgery, amongst others.

It is important to mention, because this is really important, that though residency program in plastic surgery may include cosmetic surgery as part of their training, it doesn’t mean they are trained in all aspects of cosmetic surgery.

However, because any licensed physician can legally perform cosmetic surgery, regardless of how they received cosmetic surgery training, it is extremely vital to do your research when choosing a cosmetic surgeon as well.

We will like to know if you have had experiences with either of the two surgeries, so that others can benefit from your experience.

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