For a layperson or even professionals, the words “plastic surgery” and “cosmetic surgery” are use interchangeably. These words however refer to two different categories of surgery that are presently available in the medical world.
Plastic surgery refers to the repair or replacement of physical defects of form or function involving the skin, musculoskeletal system, crainomaxillofacial structure, hand extremities, breast and trunk and external genitalia. Frequently a person seeks reconstructive surgery due to a malformation that they would like to have corrected. The most popular reconstructive procedures are tumor removal, laceration repair, scar repair and hand surgery.
Take for example the case for a breast issue. A breast augmentation, which is done to reconstruct the shape of the breast for aesthetics beauty is put under the category of cosmetic surgery. A breast cancer on the other hand which requires the surgery of the breast due to health complications is put under the category of plastic surgery.
From here you can conclude that cosmetic surgery differs from plastic surgery because of the purpose of this procedure. Cosmetic surgery is done to have a normal body structure and improve it to make it look better and thus improve a person’s self-confidence when it comes to their physical appearances. This procedure is done not because it is really needed but because the person just wants to improve their appearance to become more attractive. Some examples of these procedure that are popular particulary among artists and beauty aficionados are chemical peel, liposuction, facelifts, hair transplant and a lot more.
Which ever you want to undergo between these two procedures, it is crucial that you have a clear picture of what you are going into. There are many icompetent practitioners that are executing these surgeries. Make sure that before you agree with them, you have already done your research about that clinic or hospital and the surgeon who will handle your operation. Be skeptical if you are getting super cheap quotes for these procedures. Never compromise your safety for aesthetic purposes.