What’s the Difference Between Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic Surgery?
When looking for ways to boost your confidence, it’s common to come across the terms “cosmetic surgery” and “plastic surgery” used interchangeably. Although it may seem like they’re the same thing, using the correct term can help you find the most experienced surgeon for your needs. Here’s what to know about plastic and cosmetic surgery and what you can expect from our team at Plastic Surgery Associates.
Plastic surgery is an umbrella term that includes both aesthetic surgical procedures and reconstructive surgeries. Reconstructive surgery focuses on repairing and reconstructing the body after trauma, congenital deformities, or other surgical procedures. Some plastic surgery procedures aren’t reconstructive but also aren’t for cosmetic purposes, including microsurgery, certain types of hand surgery, rhinoplasty, or peripheral nerve surgery. To become a part of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a surgeon would have to undergo at least six years of residency training. Half of the residency training must include both plastic and reconstructive procedures as well. It is guaranteed that plastic surgeons are trained in cosmetic surgery, general surgery, and reconstructive surgery. Whereas, for cosmetic surgeons, this does not have to be the case.
Cosmetic surgery covers procedures like the facelift, tummy tuck, breast augmentation, etc. These procedures are designed to improve the appearance of the face, body, or breasts – most commonly without medical benefit. These are considered elective procedures and aren’t covered by insurance companies.
In most cases, major insurance providers do not cover cosmetic surgery. However, your surgeon and a patient representative will speak with you during your consultation regarding your financial options.
When looking for a plastic surgeon, you should always ensure that they’re board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is insurance that your plastic surgeon has gone through the appropriate training, testing, and ongoing education to maintain their certification (which has rigorous standards).
Plastic and cosmetic surgery are great ways to boost your confidence and feel more like your best self. However, as with anything, it’s essential to do your research and know what to look for. To meet with our team of board-certified plastic surgeons, contact our Grand Rapids office by calling or filling out our online form.