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Is facial reconstruction different from facial plastic surgery?

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Dr. Adam Schaffner
Surgery - Plastics
7 doctors agree

In brief: Facial plastics

Facial reconstruction following trauma or tumor removal is performed to try to reconstruct the appearance to what is was prior to the trauma or tumor removal.
Aesthetic facial plastic surgery is performed to improve the appearance of the patient in the absence of trauma or ablative surgery.

In brief: Facial plastics

Facial reconstruction following trauma or tumor removal is performed to try to reconstruct the appearance to what is was prior to the trauma or tumor removal.
Aesthetic facial plastic surgery is performed to improve the appearance of the patient in the absence of trauma or ablative surgery.
Dr. Adam Schaffner
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Dr. James Sidman
I would add congenital deformities to the definition if reconstruction.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

The specialty is Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.
Comprises both cosmetic and non-cosmetic (reconstructive) areas.

In brief: No

The specialty is Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.
Comprises both cosmetic and non-cosmetic (reconstructive) areas.
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Dr. Tito Vasquez
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Facial plastic surgery is usually regarded as cosmetic, while any reconstruction is considered non-cosmetic.
Reconstruction involves the restoration of abnormal tissue (cancer, trauma, congenital) back to normal. Cosmetic surgery involves the enhancement of tissue that is already "normal".

In brief: Yes

Facial plastic surgery is usually regarded as cosmetic, while any reconstruction is considered non-cosmetic.
Reconstruction involves the restoration of abnormal tissue (cancer, trauma, congenital) back to normal. Cosmetic surgery involves the enhancement of tissue that is already "normal".
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Yes

Plastic surgery principles are used in reconstructive surgery but the terms are used to imply different procedures.
Reconstructive surgery is to restore, rebuild, or make abnormal parts return to a facsimile of normal or there previous appearance. Plastic surgery usually implies cosmetic or medically unnecessary surgery performed for elective reasons.

In brief: Yes

Plastic surgery principles are used in reconstructive surgery but the terms are used to imply different procedures.
Reconstructive surgery is to restore, rebuild, or make abnormal parts return to a facsimile of normal or there previous appearance. Plastic surgery usually implies cosmetic or medically unnecessary surgery performed for elective reasons.
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Dr. Donald Yoo
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Same

Facial reconstruction is encompassed in the spectrum of facial plastic surgery.

In brief: Same

Facial reconstruction is encompassed in the spectrum of facial plastic surgery.
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Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery

In brief: Slightly

Some facial plastic surgeons, like myself, do both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the face while others do only reconstructive or cosmetic surgery of the face.

In brief: Slightly

Some facial plastic surgeons, like myself, do both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the face while others do only reconstructive or cosmetic surgery of the face.
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