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What is the difference between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery?

Plastic surgery is generally defined as a reconstruction-based surgical specialty of the face and body type defects which are typically caused by disorders from birth, possible trauma, diseases or even burns. Plastic surgery is designed to correct those areas that are dysfunctional and is in nature reconstructive.

Cosmetic surgery is a specific specialty of medicine which focuses on the enhancement of the appearance through types of surgical techniques. Cosmetic surgery can be performed on all parts of the head, body and neck. The difference here is that because function is usually present it is an aesthetic and thus an elective choice for surgery. You can contact Robert W. Sheffield to schedule a cosmetic surgery consultation.

When choosing a plastic surgeon, make sure he or she is aesthetically trained and board-certified. The gold standard is The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

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Robert W. Sheffield, MD
2320 Bath St #203
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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