Cosmetic Surgery vs Plastic Surgery – Same Same But Different?



Do you believe that cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are the same? Well, they are not. Yes, both are closely related, but they are not the same. One of the reasons behind the same thinking is that most plastic surgeons opt for cosmetics surgeries for their practice, thus creating confusion.

Another reason is that both the surgery types help improve the structure and beauty of the patient’s body. But what differs between them is the goals, research, training, and overall results.

You need to know that cosmetic surgery is one part of plastic surgery, while the other part is reconstructive plastic surgery. Let us break it down for your understanding of the difference between them.

What is Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgeries are enhancement oriented. Their process, methods, and principles focus on improving the patient’s body according to their desire and requirement. Their main goal is to enhance attractiveness, uniformity, and size. In a simple language, any surgery performed to improve the beauty or looks is cosmetic surgery. It can be done on the neck, face, head, or body.

Cosmetic surgery is not covered under insurance because it is elective, which means it’s up to you whether you want to enhance your body parts or not.

This surgery is performed by a cosmetic surgeon as well as a plastic surgeon.

Some examples of cosmetic surgeries are

  • Breast Enhancement: Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Breast Reduction
  • Facial Contouring: Rhinoplasty, Chin, or Cheek Enhancement
  • Facial Rejuvenation: Facelift, Eyelid Lift, Neck Lift, Brow Lift
  • Body Contouring: Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Gynecomastia Treatment
  • Skin Rejuvenation: Laser Resurfacing, Botox, Filler Treatments

What is Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery focuses on repairing body defects caused by birth disorders, injury, burns, and disease. Plastic surgeons take further training to perform cosmetic surgery separately. As named, reconstructive plastic surgeries are determined to reconstruct the deformities in a patient’s body.

This surgery may be covered under insurance.

Examples Of Plastic Surgery

  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Burn Repair Surgery
  • Congenital Defect Repair: Cleft Palate, Extremity Defect Repair
  • Lower Extremity Reconstruction
  • Hand Surgery
  • Scar Revision Surgery

Separate Training to Perform Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery is a part of plastic surgery, but plastic surgeons take separate training to perform cosmetic surgery successfully. 

To become a plastic surgeon, one needs to complete a post-graduate residency program.

After the physicians who grow as board-certified surgeons in plastic surgery are needed to finish a combined residency training of three years of general surgery and three years of plastic surgery or; a five-year plastic surgery program followed by three-year plastic surgery.

Cosmetic surgery training is completed after completing the plastic surgery residence program.

If you have any further doubts regarding cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery, please contact us. If you need to consult a plastic surgeon regarding any procedure, please contact us; we are happy to help you.