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What is a Plastic Surgeon?

Plastic Surgery
is the branch of surgery concerned with the improvement, repair, or restoration of parts of the body that have been changed by aging, surgery, deficient growth, or injury. A Plastic Surgeon is one who specializes in the performance of plastic surgery.

There are two classifications used for categorizing plastic surgery: cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. Medically speaking, the distinction between these is somewhat blurry, because a plastic surgeon uses many of the principles of cosmetic surgery to try to get a good appearance when doing reconstructive surgery, and also uses the principles of reconstructive techniques when doing cosmetic surgery. The Plastic Surgery Society and the American Medical Association define the two classifications as follows:

            Reconstructive Surgery is that done to correct a deformity or abnormality from a birth defect, trauma, tumor treatment, etc, even though there may be improvement in the appearance as well. Examples would include breast reduction, breast reconstruction, otoplasty, and facial or nose reconstruction after injury.

            Cosmetic Surgery is that done to alter appearance of surface features which are within the range of normal for a person's age and ethnic background. Examples would include a facelift, breast augmentation, breast lift, liposuction, tummy tuck. The techniques employed in cosmetic surgery are derived from those used in reconstructive surgery.

Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

Choosing a Plastic Surgeon is an important decision. The Surgeon you are looking for should be qualified at performing the procedure you need as well as understanding the particular circumstances of your case. The Plastic Surgeon should provide you with realistic information about the procedure and the outcome of your results. We strongly recommend finding a Plastic Surgeon that is board certified and who has received surgical instruction, training and experience in the procedure you need. Thus, our goal is to assist you in making that decision.

First of all, when selecting a Plastic Surgeon, you may want to begin your search several different ways:

  • Ask a family physician. He or she is in constant contact with all kinds of healthcare professionals and will be able to point you in the right direction.
  • Ask family, friends, neighbors and/or co-workers.
  • Contact your local hospital and speak to surgical nurses that do a lot of the procedures you are having done. These nurses take care of the end results of all Plastic Surgeons.
  • Contact your city, county or state medical agencies for names of qualified Plastic Surgeons. Contact and ask for referrals from medical associations.


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