Is there any difference?

January 8, 2017

What’s the Difference between Cosmetic&Plastic Surgery? 

Cosmetic&Plastic Surgery-the same thing or not?

If you’ve always thought cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery were one in the same, you’re not alone. Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are closely related specialties, but they are not the same.

Main difference is in a fact that the Cosmetic surgery is Focused on Enhancing of Appearance, while the plastic surgery is Focused on Repairing Defects to Reconstruct a Normal Function & Appearance.

The scope of cosmetic surgery procedures includes:

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

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 the treated areas function properly, cosmetic surgery is elective

Examples of plastic surgery procedures:

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

The difference is the best illustrated in the graphic below:


Source Graphic Provided By: ABCS (American Board of Cosmetic Surgery)

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