Plastic Surgeons vs. Cosmetic Surgeons
Plastic Surgery training includes training in six fields such as reconstructive surgery (surgery to correct abnormal body or facial parts), trauma surgery, congenital defect repair, hand, disorder and cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgery, in fact, is only a sub-field of Plastic surgery. Before choosing the surgery type, it is very important for you to understand if the procedure you wish to undergo is a cosmetic procedure, reconstructive procedure or congenital defect repair.
Plastic Surgeon and Cosmetic Surgeons – how are they different?
Plastic Surgeons are qualified to perform all types of plastic surgery such as breast reconstruction, surgery to correct birth defects like Cleft Palate, defects due to accidents like burns, disease and disorders, hand and scar revision surgery in addition to cosmetic surgery such as tummy tuck, face surgery, liposuction, breast surgery and other cosmetic surgeries.
Cosmetic Surgeons are only qualified to undertake cosmetic surgeries like tummy tuck, face surgery, liposuction, breast surgery and other cosmetic surgeries.
Qualifications of Plastic Surgeons vs. Cosmetic Surgeons
Plastic surgeons who are members of American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) undergo extensive training. American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). After finishing medical school, Plastic Surgeons complete five years of surgical training with a minimum of two years in plastic surgery residency program. During this period, they are trained to perform all plastic surgery procedures for the breast, face and body. During their practice, they undergo continuous medical education and training, include patient safety each year.
At Newport Beach, Orange County, CA , Dr Hisham M. Seify M.D, PhD, FACS, is a board certified Plastic surgeon and a member Member American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
There are currently no residency programs in the United States devoted exclusively to cosmetic surgery. A cosmetic surgeon may belong to any medical specialty, which may not even be a surgical specialty like internal medicine. He or she could be a dentist, general surgeon, gynecologist, general physician, or a dermatologist who have done a one-year cosmetic surgery fellowship certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery or have taken a diploma or few short courses on procedures for liposuction, using injectables and breast implants. American Board of Cosmetic Surgery is again not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).
Plastic surgeons can offer their patients a wide range of cosmetic treatment facility and process. At Newport Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Associates, Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, Dr. Hisham M. Seify offers cutting edge treatments and surgical procedures incorporating the latest technological advances in the fields of plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Experience gained during years of training in complex reconstructive surgery not only equips the plastic surgeons with technical skills but also with a sense of aesthetics with a keen sense of judgment of correctness and proportion necessary to the success of cosmetic surgery.