Plastic Surgeon vs. Cosmetic Surgeon in Toronto: Four Myths

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Although the terms “plastic surgeon” and “cosmetic surgeon” are often used interchangeably, they actually have very different meanings. It is imperative that anyone interested in an elective plastic surgery procedure is aware of the distinction between the two titles. For your convenience, 4 of the most common misconceptions are discussed below.

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Myth #1: Any surgeon can perform plastic surgery

Only certified plastic surgeons should perform cosmetic surgeries. General surgeons have not normally undergone the extensive surgical training required to successfully complete such complex surgical procedures. Surgeons who are certified by the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons and accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, however, have undergone a minimum of 5 years of surgical training and have passed the Royal College’s rigorous examination in addition to completing medical school. As a result, they have earned the title of plastic surgeon.

Myth #2: Cosmetic surgery is a plastic surgery “subspecialty”

Many patients assume that cosmetic surgery is a sub-specialty of plastic surgery because the two terms are frequently used together. However, this is not the case. Plastic surgeons tend to specialize in specific areas of the body. When selecting a Toronto plastic surgeon, it is crucial to do your research to ensure that the surgeon has the appropriate experience and qualifications.

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Myth #3: All plastic surgeons perform the same procedures

Plastic surgeons have areas of specialization. For the best results, limit your search to surgeons who specialize in the surgery that you are interested in. For example, if you want an eyelid lift, it is best to choose a surgeon with a specialization in facial plastic surgery rather than a surgeon who practices surgery on the rest of the body such as liposuction or breast implants. Some surgeons may offer both face and body procedures, but it is recommended that you ask what their speciality is and narrow down your options based on the level of expertise that each surgeon has in the procedure that you would like. Dr. Torgerson is an excellent choice, as he is one of only a few in his field to have completed 18 years of post-secondary education, including a surgical residency in otolaryngology surgery and a fellowship in cosmetic facial surgery.

Myth #4: The consultation with a plastic surgeon is expensive

Choose a Toronto plastic surgeon who offers a complimentary first consultation. You should feel comfortable asking the surgeon any questions you have about the procedure you are interested in, and you should not feel obligated to choose that particular surgeon for your surgery. You should also feel confident in their ability to meet your goals for the procedure.

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