Plastic Surgeons are appropriately and completely termed Plastic Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeons …, however they are now increasingly and popularly being called Plastic Cosmetic Surgeons.
The surgeon can not call himself a plastic surgeon unless he can do both aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. Since the very root of almost all cosmetic/aesthetic procedures can be traced from early reconstructive procedure.
Thus a surgeon whose main interest is aesthetic plastic surgery, must also have a firm foundation on the reconstructive surgery, to better grasp the basic principle and application of cosmetic/aesthetic plastic surgery.
Reconstructive plastic surgery is a prerequisite in training for all plastic surgeons.
Plastic surgeons are both an aesthetic/cosmetic surgeon and reconstructive surgeon. At present, there are just a relatively limited number of certified Plastic Surgeon that one can go to.
The so called run of the mill cosmetic surgeons without adequate formal training and experience abound and are alarmingly increasing.
Plastic surgeons and orthopedic surgeons receive significant training in hand surgery during their residency training, with some graduates going on to do an additional one year hand fellowship.
Board certified general, plastic, or orthopedics surgeons who have completed approved fellowship training in hand surgery and have met a number of other practice requirements are qualified to take the “Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand” examination, formerly known as the CAQSH, it is now known as the SOTH.”.
Regardless of their original field of training, once candidates have completed an approved fellowship in hand surgery, all hand surgeons have received training in treating all injuries both to the bones and soft tissues of the hand and upper extremity.
Among those without additional hand training, Plastic surgeons have usually received training to handle traumatic hand and digit amputations that require a “replant” operation. Orthopedic surgeons are trained to reconstruct all aspects to salvage the appendage: tendons, muscle, bone.
Orthopedic surgeons are trained to handle complex fractures of the hand and injuries to the carpal bones that alter the mechanics of the wrist.
Plastic surgeons have great expertise in correcting physical deformities such as large nose, large and shapeless bust. Women are presented with a variety of surgery options ranging from breast enhancement, dermabrasion, collagen treatment, tummy tuck, eyelid surgery, and liposuction and lip amplification.
Plastic surgeons are the specialists who deal with cosmetic surgery and other treatments that usually have a lot to do with appearances and aesthetics. People immediately think of doctors who perform operations, which are invasive when they hear this job.
The fact of the matter is that not all of the treatments and procedures that these professionals offer are invasive. Many of them are outpatient options, which are very convenient for their patients.