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September 04, 2020 By Best of Las Vegas

f you’ve always thought cosmetic surgery and plastic surgeries were one and the same, you’re not alone. A significant number of plastic surgeons choose to focus their practice on cosmetic surgery, and as such, the terms are often used interchangeably. But this is not technically correct. Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are closely related specialties, but they are not the same.

While both cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery deal with improving a patient’s body, the overarching philosophies guiding the training, research, and goals for patient outcomes are different.

The procedures, techniques, and principles of cosmetic surgery are entirely focused on enhancing a patient’s appearance. Improving aesthetic appeal, symmetry, and proportion are the key goals. Anesthetic surgery can be performed on all areas of the head, neck, and body. Since cosmetic procedures treat areas that function properly, cosmetic surgery is designated as elective. Cosmetic elective procedures are performed by doctors from a variety of medical fields, including plastic surgeons.

Types of Cosmetic Surgery Procedures:

  • Breast Enhancement: Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Breast Reduction
  • Facial Contouring: Rhinoplasty, Chin, or Cheek Enhancement
  • Facial Rejuvenation: Facelift, Eyelid Lift, Neck Lift, Brow Lift
  • Body Contouring: Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Gynecomastia Treatment
  • Skin Rejuvenation: Laser Resurfacing, Botox®, Filler Treatments
  • Plastic surgery has improved the lives of millions. For babies born with cleft palates or people disfigured in accidents, reconstructive plastic surgery allows them to maintain a normal appearance and reduces or eliminates people staring at them.

For people who aren’t conventionally attractive, plastic surgery gives them a more pleasing appearance which may result in helping them feel self-confident. It can widen their options for romantic partners, jobs, and other endeavors more easily enjoyed by the good-looking. There are those, however, who expect more from cosmetic and plastic surgery than it can possibly deliver. There are individuals who become the equivalent of plastic surgery addicts.
 

On the syndicated reality television series Botched, Southern California doctors Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif work with patients to remedy extreme cosmetic and plastic surgeries gone wrong. Often times, they have to say enough is enough. The E! network series reveals that there are people addicted to cosmetic & plastic surgery.

Plastic surgery can improve your appearance, but it’s not likely to make you look like a high fashion model. A person may experience great results with an initial facelift, for example, but subsequent facelifts through the years are unlikely to have the same effect. That first facelift takes off the years, and the person looks natural and relaxed. Subsequent facelifts, with additional skin tightening, are likely to make the individual look less natural.

At some point, the risks and results outweigh the benefits. It’s vital that your plastic surgeon is honest with you as a patient and even more important, that patients are honest with themselves. You experience this watching “Botched” even if it is one episode. People constantly seeking or undergoing elective cosmetic surgery may want to spend some time with a therapist.

There are currently 56 surgeons or practices competing to be voted Best of Las Vegas. There are six sub-categories that focus on this area of your health & beauty: Breast Augmentation, Cosmetic Surgery, Laser Treatments, Liposuction, Reconstructive Surgery, and Rhinoplasty. We encourage you to look for your medical expert and cast your vote. While not scientific, it is a good measure of who our large audience thinks is the best.

Because any licensed physician can legally perform cosmetic surgery, regardless of how they received cosmetic surgery training, it is extremely important to do your research when choosing a cosmetic surgeon. To find the most qualified doctor for a specific cosmetic procedure, you must compare doctors’ overall (residency and post-residency) training, experience, and proven competence with respect to that specific cosmetic procedure.


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