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Description of a Plastic Surgeon

by Kim Carter
  • Overview

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    A plastic surgeon is a medically certified individual who has graduated from an accredited medical school and performs cosmetic or reconstructive surgery for patients. A plastic surgeon will improve a patient's appearance and self image through different surgeries. Common types of surgeries that are performed by a plastic surgeon include breast augmentation, face lifts, tummy tucks and nose jobs. There are many factors to consider before undergoing a procedure by a plastic surgeon.
  • Types

    Plastic surgeons can specialize in many different aspects of plastic surgery. There are two main types of plastic surgery: reconstructive or cosmetic. Plastic surgeons who specialize in reconstructive surgery are helping to fix defects or irregularities in body parts with the goal of improving the function of the body parts. A plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery is aiding patients by fixing the aesthetic appearance. All plastic surgeons are trained and qualified to perform both types of plastic surgery, but each plastic surgeon has their own specialty.
 
  • Considerations

    There are numerous considerations a person must take into account before choosing plastic surgery as a viable option. Plastic surgery is a medical procedure that costs money and involves a permanent change to your body. It is an important decision that needs some serious thought. If you are unhappy with your appearance then plastic surgery may be an option but there are other options such as diet and exercise that should be tried beforehand. Plastic surgery also requires recovery that will involve pain and time.
  • Misconceptions

    There is a common misconception that plastic surgery makes everything better. Another mistaken impression is that everyone who undergoes a plastic surgery procedure is pleased with the results. The surgery may help solve external problems but internal changes are also important for happiness. Plastic surgery is also not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle. Diet and exercise are important for a healthy lifestyle. Some people also think that their appearance will change dramatically and make you look perfect. Plastic surgeons advise their patients that it will help their appearance but it will not change it 100 percent. It is also important for patients to understand that the results will not last forever. No operation will be able to stop the natural aging process that occurs.
  • Benefits

    Plastic surgery can help with a person's self esteem. An improved appearance, or even the impression that it's improved, can make you feel more confident and less self conscious. Plastic surgeons can make a person look better and fit into society better. It can also ease difficulties with certain physical tasks. It can help soothe aches and pains in the body that can result in depression.
  • Warning

    When choosing a doctor to perform plastic surgery it is important to do research beforehand. Many patients have bad experiences with plastic surgeons and do not get the desired look they want. Some important things to consider when researching a plastic surgeon is experience, training and if a given practitioner is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Experience of at least three years is very important when choosing the right plastic surgeon. It is also important to verify that the surgery will be performed in an accredited medical facility.

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