If you’re interested in undergoing a cosmetic procedure, you’ve probably noticed something unusual about how practitioners are labeled: they’re either referred to as cosmetic surgeons or plastic surgeons.
It’s enough of a distinction to make you curious. After all, what’s the difference between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon? And does that difference influence who you should choose for your next cosmetic procedure?
The Difference Between a Plastic Surgeon and a Cosmetic Surgeon
The difference between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon is a profound and important one. A plastic surgeon has been certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, which awards plastic surgeons with board certifications. This board certification means that the plastic surgeon has gone through rigorous approval processes and has demonstrated the skills, knowledge, and ethics needed to be made a member of the board.
A cosmetic surgeon is a medical professional who practices cosmetic surgery but has not gone through the above accreditation. For example, a cosmetic surgeon could be a physician who specializes in certain surgeries but has not been certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery.
How Does This Difference Impact You?
Here’s the thing: If you’re going to see a cosmetic surgeon (as opposed to a plastic surgeon), there’s no real guarantee that you’re getting someone who has been thoroughly vetted by the relevant organizations. While a cosmetic surgeon is certainly a medical professional, this person has not gone through the same rigorous accreditation as a plastic surgeon.
When possible, choose a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your cosmetic surgery. That way, you can ensure that you’re getting the best care and attention possible.
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