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Reconstructive plastic surgeons are different from regular plastic surgeons?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree

In brief: No, not at all

Plastic surgery is a broad field which includes cosmetic surgery, craniofacial surgery, microsurgery, burn care, hand surgery and other very specialized areas.
Nobody can do them all! some of us concentrate on reconstructive surgery, some on hand surgery, etc. A plastic surgeon is a surgeon certified by the american board of plastic surgery, no matter the area of concentration or specialization.

In brief: No, not at all

Plastic surgery is a broad field which includes cosmetic surgery, craniofacial surgery, microsurgery, burn care, hand surgery and other very specialized areas.
Nobody can do them all! some of us concentrate on reconstructive surgery, some on hand surgery, etc. A plastic surgeon is a surgeon certified by the american board of plastic surgery, no matter the area of concentration or specialization.
Dr. Barry Press
Dr. Barry Press
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Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

They all have same training.
Some decide to focus on cosmetics. While others on recon. Cosmetic surgeons are different and any can call themselves that.

In brief: No

They all have same training.
Some decide to focus on cosmetics. While others on recon. Cosmetic surgeons are different and any can call themselves that.
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
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Dr. Jason Lichten
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Check credentials

Plastic surgery training involves multiple different aspects of plastic surgery.
This includes reconstructive, cosmetic, aesthetic, craniofacial and hand surgery (to name a few). If a surgeon chooses to limit their practice to reconstructive or another part of plastic surgery, they may. The most important thing is to make sure they are actually board certified in plastic surgery.

In brief: Check credentials

Plastic surgery training involves multiple different aspects of plastic surgery.
This includes reconstructive, cosmetic, aesthetic, craniofacial and hand surgery (to name a few). If a surgeon chooses to limit their practice to reconstructive or another part of plastic surgery, they may. The most important thing is to make sure they are actually board certified in plastic surgery.
Dr. Jason Lichten
Dr. Jason Lichten
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Dr. Jason Lichten
Unfortunately, especially in cosmetic plastic surgery, there are many doctors who will offer surgeries that typically part of plastic surgery training and calll themselves "cosmetic surgeons". This may confuse patients as to what the doctors actual training is. These doctors may have just taken weekend courses and may not have the proper background to deal with everything that is involved in plastic surgery. This is why it is so important to make sure your surgeon is actually Board Certified IN Plastic Surgery.
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