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Cosmetic Versus Plastic Surgery





Dr. Anthony Perrone earned an MD from Dartmouth Medical School in 2005. Subsequently, Anthony Perrone, MD, served as a plastic surgeon at the Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Boston, Massachusetts.

Many people use the terms cosmetic and plastic surgery interchangeably. However, the two disciplines are quite distinct. Confusion may occur in part because plastic surgeons often perform cosmetic surgery.

While both types of operations are meant to improve the body, cosmetic surgery focuses on aesthetic improvements such as breast enhancement or reshaping of the face. On the other hand, plastic surgery repairs defects or restores normal functions through procedures that include burn repair or hand reconstruction. 

Cosmetic surgeons begin their training with a foundation in plastic surgery, and they later receive additional training focusing on cosmetic surgery. A doctor must complete 150 cosmetic cases to become certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Alternatively, 300 case completions are required for certification by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.

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