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Dr Siamak Agha MD, PhD, FACS
Dr Ali Razfar MD, Double Board Certified

Plastic Surgeon Versus Cosmetic Surgeon

Make sure you educate yourself about the difference between Cosmetic surgeon versus Plastic surgeons. The most important differentiation is training. Following completion of medical school, a board-certified plastic surgeon serves first as a surgical resident for at least 3 years where he or she undergoes rigorous training in all aspects of surgery and then 3 years of focused plastic surgery training.

The process can take 6 to 8 years or more. This is a key differentiator between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon. A practitioner referring to himself or herself as a cosmetic surgeon might belong to any medical specialty. He/she could be a general surgeon, gynecologist, dermatologist, family physician, internist, etc. who has decided that they want to perform cosmetic procedures. The training can be anywhere from a one-year cosmetic surgery fellowship to a handful of short weekend courses on topics ranging from how to perform liposuction, utilize injectables, or perform breast augmentation.

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