November 26th, 2022
Dr. Thomas Bell, MD
What is Cosmetic Plastic Surgery
To begin, it’s important to outline that there are two types of plastic surgery. The first type, reconstructive plastic surgery, treats areas of the body affected by infection, tumors, disease, defects, abnormalities, or trauma. The second type, cosmetic plastic surgery, addresses aesthetic desires and enhances parts of the body and face.
Reconstructive plastic surgery is medically necessary to relieve pain or reconstruct areas of the body, so it is often covered by insurance, while cosmetic procedures are not required to improve your body’s functioning capabilities, so they are paid for out-of-pocket. While plastic surgery requires basic surgical training acquired while in residency, cosmetic surgery is learned post-residency through hands-on experience and certifications.
What are Some Similarities Between Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery?
Plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery require many of the same techniques and tools. As an example, breast augmentation within cosmetic surgery shares similar restorative and functioning results which requires the same tools and techniques used by a plastic surgeon who is performing breast reconstruction for a breast cancer patient.
What's the Difference Between a Plastic Surgeon and a Cosmetic Surgeon?
The procedures and techniques of cosmetic surgery focus on enhancing a patient’s experience instead of altering it completely. Aesthetic/cosmetic surgeons focus on all areas of the head and body. It is often more difficult to become a cosmetic surgeon as it requires more certification and is practiced by doctors from a myriad of medical fields – think of it as a specialization within the “plastic surgery” umbrella.
While plastic surgery requires medical school and residency training pertaining to plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery requires:
- Medical school
- Board certification in your residency area
- A cosmetic surgery fellowship to receive training and extensive facial cosmetic surgery experience, and;
- Board certification after passing the exam.
Plastic surgery is predominantly dedicated to the complete reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and disease. It also involves altering a person’s appearance drastically, whereas cosmetic surgery is done for aesthetic purposes to boost self-esteem and rejuvenate a patient’s existing beauty.
Dr. Bell has had a lot of success in the cosmetic surgery sector. As a part of the extremely talented team at Toronto Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Bell is the king of cosmetic surgery.
He is an invited visiting professor in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at many university cosmetic surgery programs around the world. Dr. Bell has personally trained 15 certified cosmetic surgeons through his fellowship in how to perform aesthetic, cosmetic surgery.
Having performed over 5,000 facelifts, blepharoplasties, breast augmentations, liposuction procedures, tummy tucks, rhinoplasties, body contouring procedures, and cosmetic facial procedures, you know you’re in the right hands with Dr. Bell.
Some of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in North America include:
How to Select a Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon
A real board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon will have completed 6-8 years of specified training, a credential from the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (or their country’s equivalent), and can offer a variety of cosmetic procedures to their patients. You will receive the best aesthetic results from a cosmetic plastic surgeon than just a general plastic surgeon, as they have studied the specificities within the field much more.
Although plastic surgeons can legally perform some cosmetic surgeries, seeking a board-certified cosmetic plastic surgery doctor like Dr. Bell is so important instead of finding a doctor who performs just one service.
Toronto Plastic Surgeons
Dr. Bell has dedicated his 25 years of practice to cosmetic plastic surgery of the face and body. He prides his excellence on the harmonious balance of vision, aesthetic appearance, and patient care. He and his team are known for their skill and personalized, respectful approach to patients. Contact Dr. Bell and his team today for a consultation!