What is the Difference Between a Facial Plastic Surgeon and a Plastic Surgeon? –

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The difference between the two specialties is what sets Oasis Medi-Spa and Facial, Plastic, Reconstructive and Laser Surgery apart from other premier boutique New York practices. Our double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, are world-class experts in their field.

When scheduling a consultation for any cosmetic procedure, patients often ask what is the difference between a Facial Plastic Surgeon and a General Plastic Surgeon? While both can be equally qualified, the difference is what they have chosen to specialize in.

The main difference between a general plastic surgeon and a facial plastic surgeon is their training.

Let’s take a closer look –

What is a Plastic Surgeon?
A plastic surgeon can work anywhere on the body. A plastic surgeon is versatile in this respect, which can be a benefit; however, it also means that he or she is not necessarily a specialist in cosmetic surgery for any specific part of the body.

A crucial aspect of becoming a plastic surgeon is that he or she must be certified and verified in plastic and reconstructive surgery through both the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (AOBS). A candidate member can register his or her profile as a physician at both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

Plastic surgeons are trained and certified in plastic and reconstructive procedures that include tummy tucks, breast augmentations, and Mommy Makeovers. They can perform reconstructive or cosmetic procedures on the entire body, including places like the hands and buttocks.

What is a Facial Plastic Surgeon?

Compared to plastic surgeons, becoming a facial plastic surgeon is much more nuanced; it’s a more specialized profession in which the surgeon focuses exclusively on facial structures. A facial plastic surgeon first becomes an Otolaryngologist, or Head and Neck Surgeon, and gains a complete, thorough knowledge of the head and neck, its structures, and its functions. As a result, a facial plastic surgeon is an ideal choice to perform facelifts, rhinoplasties, revision rhinoplasties, eyelid surgery, jawline augmentations and other procedures of the face and neck.

After a 5-year residency in head and neck surgery, a facial plastic surgeon undergoes additional fellowship training specifically in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. A facial plastic surgeon must be certified and verified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS).

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