Most people use the terms plastic surgeon and cosmetic surgeon, thinking that they are the same thing. This is done so much that even the media and other doctors might use the terms interchangeably. However, there are some very distinct differences between the two that you should definitely know about.
But is there a difference, really?
Yes, really. Did you know that any medical professional with surgical training can be a cosmetic surgeon? They only need to be board certified in general surgery to be able to perform these surgical procedures. Because people think that the two are the same, they often end up under the care of an individual that does not have the appropriate education and training to be successful.(more…)