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Am I Looking for a Plastic Surgeon or Cosmetic Surgeon?

There are some times in life when we want to change the way that we look. Maybe you have had an accident, or surgery, want to gain more confidence or reverse the signs of aging. Of course there are many non-surgical options which are available to everyone, but sometimes, surgery is the best option.

Depending on the procedure which you are looking for, you will need to visit either a plastic surgeon or a cosmetic surgeon.  They aren’t the same thing and they each carry out very different procedures, whilst both being concerned with altering or improving your appearance.

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What is a Plastic Surgeon?

A plastic surgeon will carry out alterations in appearance to restore the body back to ‘normal’, following an accident, disorder, birth defect, or disease, such as cancer which caused a breast removal.  Some of the procedures carried out by a plastic surgeon include:

  • Breast reconstruction
  • Congenital defect repair – such as cleft palate
  • Hand surgery
  • Burn repair
  • Scar revision

Often a plastic surgeon will take out extra training to qualify in cosmetic surgery as well, as they are trained separately. A plastic surgeon will have studied a post-grad as well as had experience in a general surgery as well as two years’ experience in plastic surgery.

What is a Cosmetic Surgeon?

A cosmetic surgeon has a different agenda. They are more concerned with enhancing a person’s appearance – and improving their aesthetic appeal, such as removing blemishing or reversing the signs of aging.  They can use a whole range of different techniques to carry out a number of procedures, including;

  • Tummy tuck
  • Face and neck lifts
  • Skin re-surfacing
  • Injectables such as Botox
  • Body contouring
  • Breast augmentation
  • Eyelid lift
  • Liposuction
  • Surgical tattoo removal

A good cosmetic surgeon such as the many cosmetic surgeons in Orlando will be able to sit down and discuss with you in depth what your wants and needs are.  They will be able to tell you about your options and how each procedure will help, and also affect you.

Any qualified physician can perform cosmetic surgery, so it is important to do your research before you decide which one you go choose. It is a good idea to check that they are registered with the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and other similar organisations – perhaps more specific to the procedure that you are hoping to have carried out. Check their educational history and experience and it is always worthwhile asking for photos and references – and following up those references!

Depending on the procedure that you are hoping to carry out you will need to choose between the two different types of surgeons. Often your doctor or hospital will be able to point you in the right direction, especially if it is plastic surgery that you require.

Once you have decided on the way forward, and the right surgeon, you can sit back, relax and think about the beginning of your new life. Call us today at 407-647-4411

 

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