In many cities, including Toronto Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery are terms used liberally by the layperson when speaking about body enhancements and reconstruction. There are differences between the types of surgeries of which you should be aware. It makes conversations on the topic or related topics much less prone to errors.
Plastic surgeons are the only physicians that hold a certificate in Plastic Surgery. Cosmetic surgeons do not and therefore cannot refer to themselves as plastic surgeons. When speaking with a surgeon make sure you are aware of their certification and therefore what procedures they are capable and licensed to perform. Plastic surgeons can perform both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. Don’t get confused by doctors and dentists who refer to themselves as cosmetic surgeons (which in itself is not an immediate reason for concern) if you are looking for a plastic surgeon.
The plastic surgeon with whom you partner should be certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the American Board of Plastic Surgery and hold a membership with the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons. Verify your surgeon by contacting the provincial college of physicians and surgeons of Ontario.
Cosmetic surgery is intended to physically transform a person from their current state to the “ideal” state. Some cosmetic procedures are: Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery), Breast Enlargement, Breast Lift, Chemical Peel, Spider Vein treatment, Dermabrasion, Facelift, Forehead Lift, Hair Replacement, Liposuction, (Surgery of the Ear), Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty), and Otoplasty.
Reconstructive Procedures transforms what is clearly abnormal to a new state that is closer to what is considered “normal”. Examples of reconstructive procedures include: Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction), Breast Reconstruction, Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammaplasty), Hand Surgery, Cleft Lip and Palate, Tissue Expansion, Scar Revision, and Skin Cancer Surgery.
Knowing the differences make a difference when communicating. Knowledge is power!