What is a Cosmetic Surgeon?
If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon, you’re not alone. Many people think they are one and the same. They are not
The training received by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is different from the training received by a Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon. To become Board Certified in Plastic Surgery, a person must obtain a Surgical residency plus spend another two years in plastic surgery. Each surgeon who is Board Certified in Cosmetic Surgery has completed a one-year fellowship in cosmetic surgery.
In general, cosmetic surgeons focus more on procedures to enhance the appearance while plastic surgeons deal with reconstructive, cosmetic and other surgical procedures. Plastic surgeons work on breast reconstruction, burns, scar revision, hand surgery and more.