Are Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic Surgery the Same?

Cosmetic surgery is performed for aesthetic purposes and is primarily focused on maintaining a person’s appearance so that they look as fresh and vibrant as possible.

A common question among people who are interested in maintaining a youthful appearance and who are investigating the possibilities available to them is whether cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are the same thing. The best way to understand these surgeries is to think of plastic surgery at the top with cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery underneath as two different branches.

Restoring A Person’s Appearance To “normal”

Non-essential And Essential Procedures

Reconstructive surgery is performed to restore the function or appearance of the body part to “normal”. Some surgeons separate the two types of surgery as cosmetic surgery being non-essential or elective and reconstructive surgery as being essential or necessary. Reconstructive surgeries are performed because of birth defects, injury, trauma, infection, or diseases such as cancer, among other things.

Most head and neck reconstructive surgery is performed by otolaryngologists – ear, nose, and throat surgeons – maxillo-facial surgeons, or facial plastic surgeons. Dr. Cory Torgerson is certified as both a facial plastic surgeon and an otolaryngologist. His extensive experience includes both types of plastic surgery. He has performed facial cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery at his private surgical facility in Yorkville.

One of the most gratifying parts of Dr. Torgerson’s career is restoring a person’s appearance to “normal”. He delights in not only rebuilding their faces, but also their self-esteem. More than anyone else, he is aware that appearance is a very important part of a person’s overall sense of well-being. Dr. Torgerson is experienced in operating to restore facial features that have been disfigured because of cancer and in performing skin grafts and inserting skin flaps due to wounds and burns. Once adolescents have reached their late teens, he is able to correct breathing blockages while straightening the nose at the same time (often called correcting a deviated septum).

Profound Understanding Of Facial Shapes, Facial Features, And Skin Types

Restoring Facial Features

A profound understanding of facial shapes, facial features, and skin types is imperative when performing reconstructive surgery. Restoring facial features to their original state after an injury or car accident requires years of training to develop the aesthetic eye and the artistry necessary to ensure that the end result looks as natural as possible and harmonizes with all other features. Dr. Torgerson has successfully merged the science of surgery with the study of beauty and is able to transform an injury, wound, or birth defect into a face that the person can be proud of.

At times, reconstructive surgery requires the use of implants to restore the feature to its original size or shape. Both silicone and Gore-Tex implants are used, but Dr. Torgerson prefers to use Gore-Tex. It has an excellent track record of assimilating to the patient’s body without any infection occurring.

Whether you are considering facial cosmetic surgery to enhance your appearance or reconstructive surgery to restore a feature’s functionality, Dr. Cory Torgerson is unmistakably your best choice. Many people have placed their trust in his capable, experienced hands because he treats all of his patients, as well as their faces, with the utmost respect.

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