The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon

Plastic surgery has become increasingly popular in recent years, with more and more people opting for cosmetic procedures to improve their appearance. As a double-board-certified aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon, I have extensive experience in performing a variety of plastic and cosmetic surgeries. In this article, I will discuss the most popular plastic surgery procedures and provide tips on how to choose the right surgeon for your needs.

The Main Cosmetic Surgeries

The most common cosmetic surgeries include breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, tummy tuck, and facelift.

These procedures are considered purely elective and are done to improve or remodel parts of the body that are already functioning properly. For example, a breast lift or breast augmentation can enhance the size and shape of the breasts, while liposuction can remove excess fat from specific areas of the body. It's important to note that just because a procedure is considered cosmetic doesn't mean it's not also medically beneficial. For instance, breast reconstruction after a mastectomy due to breast cancer is a popular procedure that falls into both categories.

And while some may think that only plastic surgeons can perform these surgeries, many cosmetic surgeons are also qualified to do so.

The Difference Between Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic Surgery

There is often confusion between cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery, but there is a distinct difference between the two. Plastic surgery is a broad field that includes both aesthetic and reconstructive procedures to treat aesthetically or functionally affected parts of the body due to deformities, tumors, burns, and other conditions. On the other hand, cosmetic surgery is solely focused on improving one's appearance.

When it comes to choosing a surgeon, it's essential to understand this difference. A plastic surgeon has completed extensive training and is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. A cosmetic surgeon, on the other hand, may have studied medicine and completed their continuing education but has not received the same level of training as a plastic surgeon.

The Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures

Now that we've discussed the difference between cosmetic and plastic surgery, let's take a closer look at the five most popular procedures in both categories.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure to increase the size, shape, or volume of the breasts. This can be done for cosmetic reasons or as part of reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy. Breast augmentation involves placing implants under the breast tissue or chest muscles to enhance the appearance of the breasts.


Liposuction, also known as suction-assisted lipectomy, is a type of cosmetic surgery that removes excess fat from specific areas of the body.

This procedure is not a substitute for weight loss but rather a way to change the shape and contour of the body. Liposuction is often performed on areas where fat is more persistent and resistant to diet and exercise.

Nose Reshaping

Nose reshaping, also known as rhinoplasty, is a popular procedure that can be done for both cosmetic and medical reasons. It involves changing the shape or size of the nose to improve its appearance or correct breathing problems.

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids. This can help reduce the appearance of sagging or drooping eyelids, giving the eyes a more youthful and refreshed look.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen. This can help create a flatter and more toned appearance in the midsection.

Choosing the Right Surgeon

When it comes to plastic surgery, choosing the right surgeon is crucial. Not only do you want someone who is skilled and experienced, but you also want someone who understands your goals and can provide you with the best possible results. Here are some tips for selecting the right surgeon for your procedure:
  • Check their credentials: Make sure your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
  • Get referrals: Ask friends or family members who have had plastic surgery for recommendations.
  • Ask questions: During your consultation, don't be afraid to ask your surgeon about their experience, success rates, and any potential risks associated with the procedure.

In Conclusion

Plastic surgery can do more than just improve aesthetics; it can also improve a person's quality of life. Whether you're considering a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure, it's essential to understand the difference between cosmetic and plastic surgery and choose a qualified surgeon who can help you achieve your desired results.

By following these tips and doing your research, you can ensure a safe and successful plastic surgery experience. Founded in 1931, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons represents doctors certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. As a double-board-certified plastic surgeon, I am proud to be a member of this prestigious organization and to provide my patients with the highest level of care and expertise.

Della Croman
Della Croman

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