Plastic Surgeon vs. Cosmetic Surgeon | What’s the Difference?

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If you are planning a plastic surgery procedure, such as a brow lift, rhinoplasty, or liposuction, it is extremely important to spend time researching options prior to scheduling your consultation appointment. When narrowing down your options, you may notice that the terms plastic surgeon and cosmetic surgeon are often used interchangeably. However, it is important to be aware of the distinction between the two titles and to ensure that you only entrust a certified Toronto plastic surgeon when undergoing any type of plastic surgery procedure.

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Cosmetic Surgeons

While all surgeons are trained physicians, many doctors who promote themselves as cosmetic surgeons are general practitioners or general surgeons and therefore do not have in-depth and specialized cosmetic surgery training. The field of plastic and reconstructive surgery is a complex specialty. In some instances, dermatologists, dentists, or other physicians may simply complete weekend courses about specialized procedures such as breast augmentation or liposuction and then label themselves “cosmetic surgeons”. This basic training does not give them the knowledge and skill required to complete complex plastic surgery and ensure an optimal outcome for you.

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Plastic Surgeons

Plastic surgeons are highly qualified specialists who have completed a minimum of 5 years of rigorous training in reconstructive and plastic surgery in addition to earning their medical degree. In many instances, plastic surgeons have also completed further training in their area of specialization, demonstrating exceptional focus and dedication to their practice.

Plastic surgeons are members of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, a professional society that requires that all members be surgical specialists who have completed all of the necessary training and are certified in their designated field. Because the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada regulate plastic surgeons, they ensure that plastic surgeons are highly qualified experts in reconstructive and aesthetic cosmetic surgical procedures. As part of this regulation, plastic surgeons have hospital privileges or operate in a clinic or facility which is certified by the Out-of-Hospital Premises Inspection Program (OHPIP), which is also regulated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. As such, selecting a designated plastic surgeon ensures that your surgery is performed in an environment that meets the required medical and safety standards.

If you are considering plastic surgery to enhance your appearance, take your time when selecting the right plastic surgeon for you. After carefully researching Toronto plastic surgeons, be sure that you ask a number of important questions during your consultations with all the surgeons you meet. While cosmetic surgeons may promise to deliver exceptional results, only certified plastic surgeons have the credentials necessary to achieve optimal results when performing sophisticated surgical procedures.

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