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The Difference Between a Plastic Surgeon and Cosmetic Surgeon

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While the terms “plastic surgeon” and “cosmetic surgeon” often get used interchangeably, they’re not the same. In fact, there are significant differences between plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons. If you’re in the market for an aesthetic procedure, it’s important to familiarize yourself with how these two types of professionals differ. Keep reading to find out. Qualifications for Plastic Surgeons and Cosmetic Surgeons Plastic surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, one of the 24 medical specialty boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Cosmetic surgeons, on the other hand, have not earned certification from the…

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Red Flags to Look For When Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

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Not all plastic surgeons who perform cosmetic surgery are created equal. In fact, there are many differences among them. That’s why it’s important to choose the right surgeon for your unique needs. By doing so, you can ensure you’re happy with your results. If you meet with a plastic surgeon and notice any of the red flags below, you might want to consider looking elsewhere. No Board Certification or Board Certification in Something Other Than Plastic Surgery You may be surprised to learn that it’s legal for anyone with a medical license to perform cosmetic surgery. The most highly trained…

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Lose Fat and Look Great this Spring

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Does your New Year’s Resolution include looking and feeling your best by spring or summer? There are cosmetic solutions such as liposuction and a tummy tuck that can help you toward your goals! January is a great time to consider your options during a cosmetic consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. To achieve your best body, there are many ways to reduce fat pockets and reshape problem areas to fit into your favorite clothes or swimsuits. Sometimes diet and exercise are not enough to reduce the small pockets of stubborn fat most commonly found in your midsection and thighs. Liposuction…

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What questions should I ask my plastic surgeon?

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You’ll achieve the best results from plastic or cosmetic surgery if you and your plastic surgeon communicate openly during your initial consultation. An understanding of your goals, expectations and motivation are essential to a successful partnership between you and your surgeon. This collaboration helps in setting realistic expectations which both of you can use to determine whether plastic surgery is the right choice for you. Here are some important questions to ask during your consultation: Are you board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery? All members of the Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons are board certified by the…

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7 Facts vs Myths of Plastic Surgery

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Plastic Surgery creates mental images of movie stars undergoing various procedures to make themselves look younger and more attractive. It is often perceived as only aesthetic procedures; however, plastic surgery encompasses both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. Helping patients look their best as they recover from injury or cancer is an important part of Plastic Surgery and is a significant component of the extensive training plastic surgeons receive. What are some facts versus myths of plastic surgery? Myth #1: Plastic surgeries are only cosmetic procedures. Plastic surgery is divided into two categories: cosmetic and reconstructive. Popular cosmetic surgeries (rhinoplasty, breast augmentation,…

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What’s the Difference between a Plastic Surgeon and a Cosmetic Surgeon?

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The largest difference between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon is that a plastic surgeon has at least six years of surgical training and experience, with at least two years specifically dedicated to plastic surgery whereas a cosmetic surgeon is typically a physician whose specialty training is in another area of medicine who has decided to add cosmetic surgery to his or her practice. An educated patient will make smart choices towards safety and a successful procedure. To be sure you have selected a surgeon with the surgical training and experience needed to perform cosmetic or reconstructive plastic surgery,…

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Educational Event helps Dallas Plastic Surgery Patients

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Members of the Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons gathered recently to advance their education and continue their ongoing commitment to plastic surgery training, patient safety, and education. The mission of the society is to further the advancement of knowledge and patient safety in plastic surgery, confer on common interests, and promote camaraderie amongst Dallas area board-certified plastic surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The DSPS members met for dinner, fellowship, and to learn from speakers; Dr. William P. Adams Jr., an Associate Clinical Professor of UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and Dr. Steven R….

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What are Options for My Aging Neck?

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A neck lift is a long-lasting option for improving the visible signs of aging in the neck and jawline. A neck lift is a surgical procedure that should be performed by a highly trained, board-certified plastic surgeon. For more subtle results, nonsurgical options, such as a combination of injectables and laser treatments, can be considered as a good option for the right patient. After a cosmetic consultation, your plastic surgeon may recommend a combination of both surgical and nonsurgical options to restore your youthful appearance. The most noticeable signs of aging of the neck begin in the 40s or 50s…

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See Beyond the End of Your Nose with Rhinoplasty

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People decide to get cosmetic or functional nose reshaping surgery – medically known as rhinoplasty – for various reasons, ranging from straightening a broken nose to fixing a breathing issue. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nose jobs are one of the most-popular plastic surgeries. In 2019, more than 207,000 procedures were performed. Patients pursuing cosmetic rhinoplasty often say that asymmetry is something they want to fix. For instance, a nose that leans too far to the left or right can draw unwanted attention from the rest of the face. There are various ways that a board-certified plastic…

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Facial Enhancement Procedures That Can Make A Big Difference

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This era of unflattering video calls is the perfect time to consider facial enhancement procedures that can create a lifted, youthful appearance. There are numerous procedures and treatments that a board-certified plastic surgeon can implement to improve aesthetics for the face. Some that can make the most impact include treatments or surgeries that address the forehead, cheeks, lips and chin. Here’s a breakdown of some of the options available: Brow lift: Also known as a forehead lift, a brow lift can reduce wrinkles, improve frown lines and raise sagging skin that hood the eyebrows. There are several types of procedures,…

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