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Plastic Surgeon, Facial Plastic Surgeon, or Cosmetic Surgeon?

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Posted October 10, 2021 in Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Not every doctor is trained to perform every single cosmetic treatment, nor should they. Therefore, choosing the right doctor can be overwhelming, however reading this Kronowitz Plastic Surgery Blog may help in choosing the best specialist to perform your procedure.

Plastic surgeons are head-to-toe specialists who perform surgical and nonsurgical procedures for the face and body. Facial plastic surgeons perform face-focused surgical and nonsurgical procedures for the face and neck or Cosmetic surgeons may have limited or no plastic surgery training.

Cosmetic surgeons who refer to themselves as cometic surgeons rather than plastic surgeons do not hold recognized board certifications and may have limited or no plastic surgery training. A major red flag is if the doctor belongs to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery or any board with the word “cosmetic” in it.

Facial plastic surgeons after medical school, is followed by one-year of general surgery training and four-years of otolaryngology (ENT) surgery training.  Many facial plastic surgeons also complete 1 year of plastic surgery training for the face and neck. Facial plastic surgeons should be board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto) and American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFRS).

Plastic Surgeons after medical school, is followed by two- or five-year surgical residency in general surgery and an additional two to three years of plastic surgery training residency.  Plastic surgeons need to pass both special oral and written board examinations to be board certified plastic surgeons.  Look for a plastic surgeon who is an active member of The Aesthetic Society (ASAPS) and/or the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) – these societies keep their doctors up to date and hold members to strict guidelines and standards. Plastic surgeons should be board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgeons.


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