The terms “plastic surgeon” and “cosmetic surgeon” are used interchangeably and patients who are interested in breast augmentation, a facelift, or another procedure often do not know the difference between the two.

Plastic surgeons

In order to be able to call themselves plastic surgeons, physicians must be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). They are also usually members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as well. To become and remain members of these organizations surgeons must regularly demonstrate that they have the skills and knowledge to practice safely and effectively.

Cosmetic surgeons

Almost all cosmetic surgeons are physicians, but they are usually of a different specialization. They must complete some coursework and training to be certified as cosmetic surgeons, but these requirements are not as rigorous as those required by the ABPS.

Why does it matter?

Many people don’t realize that a large part of a plastic surgeon’s training involves learning how to reconstruct parts of the body. While any surgeon may have a basic understanding of how to place implants, they may not understand how such a procedure fits in with the rest of an individual’s body or how to resolve complications.

If you’re currently meeting with doctors to discuss your options for plastic surgery, ask about their qualifications and make sure that they are board certified by the ABPS.

To learn more about how cosmetic surgery may benefit your life, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a Lebanon plastic surgeon. The professional staff at The Lett Center would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.