Plastic Surgery has gone beyond aesthetics as it paves the way to feeling better about one’s self. Whether it is a required plastic surgery procedure, or elective operation, the result remains the same – a physical reconstruction that helps a patient feel good about herself.

Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery can either be reconstructive or cosmetic in nature. (Photo Credits)

There are generally two kinds of plastic surgery — there is the reconstructive and then the aesthetic. Reconstructive surgery usually concerns on the functional aspect of the part of a human body, while aesthetic usually concerns how the physical look of that body part will appear following the surgical procedure.

The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery has explained the differences between cosmetic and plastic surgery in their official website. According to their write-up, cosmetic surgery is focused on enhancing the physical traits of a patient through surgery that will promote symmetry, proportion, and improving the physical appeal of the target body part.

To better understand the subject, the ABCS mentioned sample aesthetic surgery procedures, which include: skin rejuvenation, breast enhancement surgeries, facial rejuvenation surgeries, and body contouring surgeries like liposuction and tummy tuck procedures.

On the other hand, reconstructive surgery procedures include: cleft palate surgery, burn-related surgeries, breast reconstruction surgery, and hand surgery among others.

With this the ABCS differentiated a plastic surgeon from a board certified cosmetic surgeon. “As cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery each have distinct practice goals built around a specific procedure set, it only follows that the training and certification process for a board certified cosmetic surgeon will look very different from that of a board certified plastic surgeon.” Read more here.

There are many different types of plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures but for majority of these surgeries, emotional and mental health plays a huge role in determining whether a patient is fit to undergo the procedure. There may also be some health considerations such as not having a heart condition, diabetes, or suffering from depression. Those who smoke, are also asked to cease from smoking at least two weeks prior to the procedure.

As for length of procedure, most cosmetic surgeries are out-patient procedures done on doctor’s clinics. However, they still recommend that a patient be accompanied by a trusted companion who can drive him or her home and be with her for a couple of days following the procedure. It may also be necessary to take some time off work after the surgery and avoid strenuous activities like lifting, and going to the gym.