FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON AND PLASTIC SURGEON: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Did you know that there are various kinds of plastic surgeons conducting a wide variety of cosmetic and general procedures? The words “facial plastic surgeon” and “general plastic surgeon” are often used interchangeably, but the two subspecialties are somewhat distinct. As MAYCLINIK, we are also asked what the difference is between these subspecialties. The training for each of them is very different.

What Is Facial Plastic Surgery?

Facial plastic surgery is a central feature in otolaryngology, treating disorders affecting the whole face, nose, throat, lips, and ears. It is usually divided into two major types of procedure: reconstructive and cosmetic.  Reconstructive cosmetic surgery is usually used for birth defects such as a birthmark, a cleft lip, a protruding jaw, or a contorted grin. It is also used to heal blemishes and injuries caused by accidents, burns, or prior operations.

Cosmetic facial plastic surgery requires several procedures to enhance the image of one’s face and features. The most common surgeries include rhinoplasty, scar revision, liposuction, and procedures to minimize adverse exposure to the sun or the effects of aging. The facial plastic surgeon has been qualified for 5 years, only in facial and reconstructive surgery. On the other hand, a general plastic surgeon completes all sorts of training over 5 years, including burns, and deals with decubitus ulcer patients in addition to reconstruction.

What Is General Plastic Surgery?

General plastic surgery is usually reconstructive and involves repairing the body and facial deformities due to birth defects, trauma, burns, and illness. General plastic surgery can include the following:

  • Breast Surgery
  • Burn Repair
  • Correction of Congenital Defects
  • Lower Extremity Restoration
  • Hand Surgery
  • Scar Correction

Facial Plastic Surgery: A Specialized and Comprehensive Training

Throughout their training, facial plastic surgeons devote their full attention to the anatomy and conditions of the head and neck. They then follow the year-long fellowship training, where they develop their expertise in their particular areas of interest, such as reconstructive facial surgery, rhinoplasty, or facial scarring. When we’re done with our preparation, a facial plastic surgeon has at least a thousand more index cases than a general plastic surgeon. That is why is it important to find a Facial Plastic Surgeon for your facial operations.

If you are considering any Facelift procedures in Turkey, consult the right plastic surgeon with the appropriate expertise in the operation. To get more information please contact us and let’s decide what is best for you. MAYCLINIK family always here to help.

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