Plastic Surgeons Versus Cosmetic Surgeons when it Comes to Facial Plastic Surgery


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Plastic Surgeons Versus Cosmetic Surgeons (and the services they offer)

You say tomato, I say “tamato” … isn’t it all simply a matter of semantics? Not when it comes to plastic surgeons versus cosmetic surgeons. Although there is definitely crossover within the similar practices of plastic and cosmetic surgery, there are some differences. It’s those subtle (and not so subtle) nuances, that you should keep in mind when considering any aesthetic or reconstructive surgical procedure. Find out what you need to know before you give surgery a go.

Plastic Surgeons Versus Cosmetic Surgeons (and the services they offer)

Plastic SurgeonsPlastic surgery, as defined by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, refers to the treatment of facial and body areas that have experienced or been subjected to birth defects, trauma, disease, burns and similar predicaments that may benefit as a result of surgical reconstruction. Although plastic surgeons address cosmetic issues, cosmetic surgeons do not focus on reconstructive surgery.

In terms of the services offered, here is a brief look at what differentiates a plastic surgeon and cosmetic surgeon:

Plastic Surgery Services Cosmetic Surgery Services
Breast Reconstruction Breast Augmentation, lift, and reduction
Cleft Palate and other birth defects repair Facelift, eyelid lift, brow lift and neck lift
Burn and scar revision surgery Tummy tuck and liposuction
Hand and lower extremity reconstructive surgery Injectables such as Botox and fillers

Can Plastic Surgeons Address Facial Aesthetics?

Yes! In fact, surgeons, like Dr. Jon Chadwell, who is board certified in both facial plastic surgery and as an otolaryngology surgery perform anything from facelifts, rhinoplasty, and injectables to eye lifts, brow lifts and more, in addition to specializing in reconstructive surgical procedures.

What Else Do I Need to Know Regarding Facial Plastic Surgery?

In addition to researching a facial plastic surgeons board certification, education, experience, and training, there are a few more factors to consider before making your decision. Never be afraid to ask a potential surgeon if he/she:

  • Focuses on a specific area of the face (or particular treatments)
  • Has a portfolio of before and after pictures to share with you
  • Can provide you with comprehensive information about the procedure you’re considering, including pre-and-post operative instructions and healing/recovery expectations

Plastic surgeons should always take the time to have a full consultation with each patient prior to scheduling any surgical procedure. In addition to going over desired outcomes and information, a consultation provides you and your potential surgeon the opportunity to get to know one another and ensure that the two of you are the right match.

If you’re ready to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chadwell or would like to know about the services we offer at Chadwell Plastic Surgery, please contact us now, 574-633-5081.

Successful facial plastic surgery is ultimately achieved through good rapport with our patients.

Refining your face is a dramatic personal decision.  As you explore your options, know that the staff at Chadwell Facial Plastic Surgery will guide you through your decision-making process.  To us, the cosmetic process is more than just “surgery”.  Each patient has different shapes, features, contours, and personal goals.  We consider shadowing, proportion, depth, and perspective to combine medicine with artistry and ultimately achieve your new look.

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