Cosmetic Surgeon or Plastic Surgeon- Which One Should I Choose?

Is there a difference between a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon? Surprisingly, yes. Many people do not understand that cosmetic surgery can be performed by most licensed physicians, even those with very little training in cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic surgeons and plastic surgeons are not the same. Learn more below.

Cosmetic Surgeon vs. Plastic Surgeon

The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only medical specialty board that focuses on plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. Board certified members are held to the highest standards in a variety of areas including skills, safety, ethics, and knowledge in their specialty. Board certified plastic surgeons are the best qualified professionals in their field. Yes, other surgeons may be able to perform the same procedures, but they may lack the training, experience, and safety record that you deserve as a patient.

Cosmetic surgeons may not be members of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, but instead often belong to other boards with other specialties. They may be specialists in other areas, with impressive skills and qualifications, but their primary focus isn’t on plastic surgery like with a plastic surgeon.

Signs of a Plastic Surgeon

Before you choose a plastic surgeon, make sure they’re board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. You can check your doctor’s name using an online tool provided by the board. You can also search for plastic surgeons near your location if you don’t have a specific provider in mind already. Both Drs. Haws and Gingrass are board certified and members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as well as members of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

Another important sign of a highly qualified plastic surgeon is hospital privileges. Many surgeons offer surgical treatments like liposuction or abdominoplasty in out of hospital surgical centers. This offers patients a more comfortable environment and convenience for their procedure, while providing the surgeon with access to the needed tools and equipment for a safe procedure. Accredited surgical centers are a good option, provided that the surgeon in question also has hospital privileges to perform that same procedure. Ask your surgeon about their hospital affiliations and privileges before you make your choice.

Trust Your Body to the Best

When it comes time to choose a surgeon for your breast augmentation or facelift (or any other procedure you might be considering), choose the best. Choose a board certified plastic surgeon, not just a cosmetic surgeon. You deserve the best training, expertise, and skill available. To learn more about the dynamic duo of two female plastic surgeons here at the Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville and their qualifications, contact us today. We’d love to help you enhance your body to look its best.