Plastic Surgeons vs. Cosmetic Surgeons

Why you NEED to know the difference, if you are considering Cosmetic Surgery.

There is a great deal of confusion with the public regarding the differences between ‘Plastic Surgeons’ who performs cosmetic surgery – and Doctors who are referred to as ‘Cosmetic Surgeons’, who also performs cosmetic surgery. Many of our clients, even those who have previously had Breast Augmentation surgery in Australia, did not know there was any difference.

This explanation aims to clarify the differences for our clients, patients and their family and friends, and allow the prospective surgery candidate to make an educated, informed decision. Don’t be swayed by impressive and beautifully presented Cosmetic Clinics with lots of glamorous before and after website images. Their impressive premises will not be performing surgery on you – their Doctors will.

Education & Training

A Plastic Surgeon has a minimum of 7 – 8 years of post-graduate training and exams after qualifying with a medical degree, following up to 6 years of medical school – before he or she can qualify as a Plastic Surgeon.

Similar post-medical school education and experience ensues before a Doctor is admitted to the Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Thailand, and can become a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Thailand. It is not possible for a ‘Cosmetic Surgeon’ to gain employment conducting cosmetic surgery in any of our JCI-accredited Hospitals and Aesthetic Centres in Thailand. All of CosMediTour’s Surgeons in Thailand who perform cosmetic surgery procedures are fully trained and qualified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

Technical Knowledge & Experience

Plastic Surgeons have been trained in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and have a comprehensive range of surgical techniques and solutions for a diverse range of patients with very different physiology. Chances are many ‘Cosmetic Surgeons’ will lack the technical surgical expertise to operate with the full range of breast surgery options such as below or above the muscle and dual plane placement (including the 4 full levels of dual plane), round or anatomical shaped tear drop implants, even the periareolar (nipple) and axillary incision (armpit) incision sites. Many ‘Cosmetic Surgeons’ prefer a high profile, textured round implant, placed under the muscle, with a breast fold incision – because they do not have the technical surgical expertise to offer any other surgical solution. And while this may well be the best solution for your anatomy and aesthetic preferences – at least a Plastic Surgeon can offer you the full range of alternative breast surgery options in case this option is not ideal for you.

Our Plastic Surgeons in Thailand will recommend the surgery option that will provide you with the optimal surgical and aesthetic outcome – with no breast surgery technique or implant option beyond their skill levels.

Your Choice

Don’t risk your cosmetic surgery outcome with a Medical Practitioner who just doesn’t have the appropriate training, knowledge or technical expertise. Insist on having your procedure performed by a Medical Specialist with many years of surgical training.

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Written by Christyna Kruczaj

Director at CosMediTour | CosMediTour is an international cosmetic surgery company and medical tourism facilitator, with offices on the Gold Coast in Australia, Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand and Cape Town, South Africa.

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