Plastic Surgery vs. Cosmetic Surgery – How one is different from the other?


Most people consider plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery to be the same kind of a surgical procedure because both relate to changing the body features. But this understanding is superficial because the similarity between the procedures ends here, and the goals of the procedures are entirely different, which makes these utterly different from one another. What you want to achieve through the surgery determines which kind of surgery you need. 

What is Cosmetic surgery?

People who are unhappy with their body features often want to improve their appearance by using surgical and medical techniques known as cosmetic surgery. Simply said, cosmetic surgery focuses on body aesthetics and helps in its betterment. For example, if you are not happy with the shape of your nose and want to reshape it, you must consult a Cosmetic Surgeons in Las Vegas who will recommend Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job. It can improve your nose’s appearance and proportion, enhance facial harmony and make you feel more confident. It can also help to improve breathing problems.  

Types of cosmetic surgery

Cosmetic surgery procedures include skin rejuvenation, facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement, facial contouring, and body contouring.  Breast enhancement includes breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction and is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures around the world. Facelift, eyelift, brow lift, and neck lift constitute the facial rejuvenation pack while Rhinoplasty and cheek or chin enhancements are part of the facial contouring package.  Body contouring includes liposuction, tummy tuck, and gynecomastia treatment, and laser resurfacing, filler treatments, and botox. These are some well-known procedures for skin rejuvenation treatment.

What is plastic surgery?

Plastic surgery is the procedure of reconstructive surgery that exclusively focuses on reconstructing the body and facial defects or abnormalities due to disease, burns, trauma, or congenital disabilities.  Often many such defects impair the functionality of the body part as well as the looks. To address both issues, you must consult a plastic surgeon to reconstruct the body part to restore its functionality and looks. Therefore, plastic surgery encompasses both reconstructive procedures as well as aesthetic or cosmetic procedures. Reconstructive surgery focuses on tumor removals such as cancer and repairing or reconstructing other body parts affected by congenital deformities. Some other plastic surgery procedures are exclusively used for functional improvement include peripheral nerve surgery, carpal tunnel syndrome, rhinoplasty, and microsurgery.

Types of Plastic surgery

Although Cosmetic surgery in Singapore and plastic surgery are different, there is no clear demarcation between them. Instead, there are many areas where there are visible overlaps. This is evident from some procedures like breast reconstruction that appears to be like cosmetic surgery but is a type of plastic surgery. Some other examples of plastic surgery are hand surgery, burn repair surgery, scar revision surgery, lower extremity reconstruction, and congenital defect repair that include extremity defect repair and cleft palate.

What you want to achieve with your body, whether aesthetic improvement or correcting defects and improving the functionality of some body parts, will help determine the surgical procedure you need.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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2 years ago

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