What is the difference between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon?

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You’ve picked the procedure that could transform your life and appearance. You’ve done the research on the positive effects and potential negatives of the procedure, and you are ready. Now you just need to pick a surgeon. In popular culture, the terms “plastic surgeon” and “cosmetic surgeon” are often used interchangeably. However, there are real differences between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon. These differences range between:

  • Education
  • Training
  • Board certification
  • Specialization

Overall, most plastic surgeons have the credentials necessary to successfully perform your surgery. A plastic surgeon has the complete and comprehensive training that takes place over at least six years, while a cosmetic surgeon may not even be a surgeon. Cosmetic surgeons may have only taken a short course in a specific procedure, such as laser hair removal. A board-certified plastic surgeon is the most highly qualified and respected surgeon in the field of aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. In addition, the board of plastic surgery is the only board recognized by the American board of medical specialties. The board of cosmetic surgery is not recognized by the American board of medical specialties.

After you’ve found some plastic surgeons that can perform your procedure, the next step is to confirm their expertise and experience. This often takes place with some research and an initial consultation. When you are interviewing doctors for your procedure, please make sure that they have the appropriate qualifications to perform the surgery you desire. It is recommended that you review your surgeon’s profile and history to make sure that he or she is a plastic surgeon, and has completed a residency in plastic surgery. This requires about six to eight years after medical school, and helps the surgeon develop the expertise necessary to perform your procedure.

If you have any more questions or concerns about your surgeon, please reach out to us.

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Dr. George Lefkovits, our New York City board-certified plastic surgeon, is available anytime- contact Park Plaza Plastic Surgery online today. You can also reach us by phone at (212) 750-9494. We are committed to giving you honest answers and excellent results.