Cosmetic Surgery vs. Plastic Surgery

Posted by administration on February 6, 2017

Cosmetic_Surgery.jpgMany people assume that cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are the same practice, but this is not technically correct. A significant number of plastic surgeons choose to focus their practice on cosmetic surgery, and as such, the terms are often used interchangeably. Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are closely related specialties, but they are not the same. Let's take a look at cosmetic surgery vs. plastic surgery:

Cosmetic Surgery: Focused on Enhancing Appearance

Cosmetic surgery is a unique practice of medicine focused on enhancing a patient's appearance through surgical techniques. Improving aesthetic appeal, symmetry and proportion are the key goals. Cosmetic surgery can be performed on all areas of the head, neck and body. Because treated areas function properly but lack aesthetic appeal, cosmetic surgery is elective. Cosmetic surgery is practiced by doctors from a variety of medical fields, including plastic surgeons.

Cosmetic Surgery Procedures Include:

  • Breast Enhancement: Augmentation, Lift, Reduction
  • Facial Contouring: Rhinoplasty, Chin and Cheek Enhancement
  • Facial Rejuvenation: Facelift, Eyelid Lift, Neck Lift, Brow Lift
  • Body Contouring: Tummy Tuck, Liposuction
  • Skin Rejuvenation: Laser Resurfacing, Filler Treatments

Plastic Surgery: Focused on Repairing Defects or Reconstruction

Plastic surgery is defined as a surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns and disease. Plastic surgery is intended to correct dysfunctional areas of the body. While many plastic surgeons choose to complete additional training and perform cosmetic surgery as well, the basis of their surgical training remains reconstructive plastic surgery.

Plastic Surgery Procedure Examples:

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

While both cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery deal with improving a patient’s body, the fundamental principles guiding the training, research and goals for patient outcomes are different. If you are interested in a cosmetic surgery procedure in Location, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or to schedule a consultation with experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Serota.


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