Cosmetic surgery procedures versus plastic surgery

People often interchangeably use the terms cosmetic surgery procedures and plastic surgery. However, according to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS), there are significant distinctions between the two practices.

The first main difference between the two procedures is the goal of the treatment. Cosmetic surgery’s main purpose is to defy age and improve the appearance of a particular part of a person’s body. Some examples of cosmetic surgery are breast lift, rhinoplasty, cheek enhancement, and skin rejuvenation procedures. On the other hand, the goal of plastic surgery is to restore or repair a particular part of the body either because of a defect, illness, or injury. Some samples of plastic surgery procedures include skin grafting, breast reconstruction, hand surgery, and congenital defect repairs.

The surgeons at Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery help people in Des Moines who are considering cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures. We can offer you expert advice about how to further improve your appearance. Call us today at (515) 222-1111 to learn more about your options.

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