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Do you know the difference between a Plastic Surgeon and a Cosmetic Surgeon? The excerpt below is from an article by Michael Edwards, MD, FACS, President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and provides information patients need to make an informed decision when choosing a surgeon.
“There are many questions and misconceptions about the two and many patients mistakenly believe that plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons are equal when they are not.
Aesthetic vs. reconstructive
To explain the difference I’ll start by defining plastic surgery. The term “plastic” in plastic surgery is derived from the Greek word “plastikos,” which means to mold or shape. There are several specialized fields under plastic surgery including reconstructive surgery which involves the restoration of almost any body part that is abnormal due to a trauma/accident, cancer or birth defect; and aesthetic surgery, (sometimes referred to as cosmetic surgery), which is the aesthetic enhancement of the body or re-shaping normal tissue to improve appearance.
In other words, aesthetic surgery is a sub-specialty of plastic surgery. Reconstructive surgery is often considered ‘medically necessary’ and may be covered by health insurance.
Cosmetic vs. plastic: The training
Following completion of medical school, a board-certified plastic surgeon serves first as a surgical resident for at least 3 years where they undergo rigorous training in all aspects of surgery and then 3 years of focused plastic surgery training. The process can take 6 to 8 years or more and many further their training in fellowships including microvascular, craniofacial, hand, pediatric and aesthetic. This is a key differentiator between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon.
A practitioner referring to themselves as a cosmetic surgeon might belong to any medical specialty. He/she could be a general surgeon, gynecologist, dermatologist, family physician, internist, etc. who has decided that they want to perform cosmetic procedures. The training can be anywhere from a one-year cosmetic surgery fellowship to a handful of short weekend courses on topics ranging from how to perform liposuction, utilize injectables, or place breast implants.
It is always important to confirm that a plastic surgeon has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) - the only Board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to certify doctors in the specialty of Plastic Surgery, Only ABPS diplomates can call themselves a Plastic Surgeon. In Canada, a patient should look for certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCSC). International plastic surgeons should be board-certified in their country of origin.
A Facial Plastic Surgeon has ENT training and performs aesthetic surgery of the face and an Occuloplastic surgeon can perform aesthetic surgery around the eyes after an Ophthalmology residency.
Cosmetic surgeons who claim to be board-certified may have received their certificate from the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, which board is not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Alternatively, they may be certified by their specialty board which may not even be a surgical specialty, such as internal medicine. Cosmetic surgeons referring to themselves as board-certified can be misleading if you don’t know the right questions to ask.
It is important to note that while all plastic surgeons have extensive training and can perform both reconstructive surgery and aesthetic/cosmetic surgery, not all cosmetic surgeons can perform reconstructive surgery because they have not received the same aesthetic training as plastic surgeons.
In conclusion, if you are considering any type of aesthetic/cosmetic procedure it is prudent to be aware of the education and training of the surgeon you’re considering for your procedure.”
Whether you are considering Botox or injectable fillers, breast augmentation, liposuction, a mommy makeover or any other cosmetic procedure or treatment, you can be assured that Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS, has the training, certification and experience necessary to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Call Premier Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey at 973-889-9300 to schedule an appointment at our Morristown office.
Posted in Special Topics on July 17th, 2014
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To schedule an appointment for Botox, JuvedermXC, Voluma or skin care treatments, please call the office of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS at 973-889-9300.
Posted in Special Topics on July 4th, 2014
Premier Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey
is thrilled to announce
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS
has once again been named a Jersey Choice Top Doctor
by New Jersey Monthly Magazine!
Congratulations from your entire staff!
It has been an exciting week for us-
on Saturday we moved to our new location -
310 Madison Avenue, Suite 100, Morristown, NJ.
We look forward to seeing you at our new office!
Posted in Special Topics on June 11th, 2014
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS and the staff of Premier Plastic Surgery Center of NJ are pleased to announce that we are moving on June 6, 2014.
Our new address will be
310 Madison Avenue, Suite 100, Morristown, NJ 07960
Our telephone number remains the same – 973-889-9300.
We are looking forward to seeing you in our new office!
Posted in Special Topics on June 5th, 2014
Memorial Day weekend is now behind us and we look forward to summer, a season full of outdoor activities but also a season with greater sun exposure. Morristown Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS shares advice to help protect your skin in the months ahead.
- The most dangerous time for UV exposure in the continental United States is between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Limit your outdoor activities during this time.
- Protect your skin on a daily basis, regardless of the weather, by applying sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For outdoor activities choose a product with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Use a sunscreen labeled “broad spectrum” one that equally protects against UVB rays, the main cause of skin cancer, and UVA rays, which promote aging.
- Apply sunscreen at least 20 to 30 minutes before exposure to the sun.
- Use enough sunscreen, at least one ounce (a shot glass full) for each application to your body, then an additional teaspoon for your face.
- Don’t forget your ears, neck, hands, feet, scalp and the part in your hair!
- The product label of “water resistant” sunscreen must note the limit before the sunscreen becomes ineffective (40 or 80 minutes). Remember to reapply all sunscreen sooner than the listed limit if you have been in the water or have been sweating.
- Toss your old sunscreen! If the product does not have an expiration date, discard it after one year.
- It is imperative that skin be protected from the sun after any surgical procedure, especially after a facelift, blepharoplasty, otoplasty or rhinoplasty. Follow your doctor’s advice to minimize post-surgery sun damage.
- Sunscreen alone will not protect you from the damaging effects of overexposure to the sun. Dress in long sleeved shirts or beach cover-ups and a broad brimmed hat. Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses.
Posted in Special Topics on May 26th, 2014
Regular mammograms are a vital diagnostic tool for breast cancer detection, with the conventional digital mammography being the most common screening method. The standard digital mammography involves a two dimensional breast x-ray which produces four images.
A more recent method of screening is the FDA approved digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). DBT, also known as 3-D mammography,
Do you suffer from excessive underarm sweating? This disorder called axillary hyperhidrosis, which is present in 2 to 3% of Americans, causes embarrassment in both business and social situations. While heat and stress may contribute to hyperhidrosis, many with this disorder suffer from excessive underarm sweating regardless of the temperature or their stress level. Did you know that a simple treatment with Botox can alleviate this condition? The administration of Botox temporarily interrupts the chemical signals from nerves that stimulate the sweat glands, stopping excessive sweating. While sweating is a necessary body function for temperature-control, the glands in the underarms comprise less than 2% of the body’s total sweat glands. Treatment of the underarm glands has no effect on the body’s temperature control. Administration of this FDA approved Botox treatment requires little time, with no downtime or restrictions after treatment. Within 48 hours of treatment there is a substantial reduction in underarm sweating, with the effects of treatment lasting 9 to 12 months.
To discuss treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis call the office of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS at 973-889-9300 to schedule an appointment.
Recently released statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery report that men in the United States had more than 1 million cosmetic procedures last year. The top five surgical procedures for males were:
- Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
- Rhinoplasty (nose surgery)
- Male breast reduction (gynecomastia surgery)
- Otoplasty (ear surgery)
In addition to these surgical procedures, the practice of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS has also experienced an increase in the number of male patients seeking non-surgical procedures and treatments.
Many of our male patients seek Botox treatment of the furrows of their forehead and between their eyes, which produce a tired or unhappy appearance. Men are also often concerned with the development of crow’s feet around their eyes, which age the face. Dr. Glatt’s treatment of these areas with Botox produces superior aesthetic results, while still allowing the untreated muscles of the forehead to work normally, so facial expression can still be exhibited when smiling, frowning or looking surprised.
Another treatment often requested by men is the administration of Botox for excessive underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis). This FDA approved treatment is quick and effective, and results in significant reduction of underarm sweating, which typically lasts nine to twelve months.
Many male patients are seeking treatment with CoolSculpting to eliminate areas of stubborn fat of the abdomen, flanks or chest, which do not respond to exercise. CoolSculpting is an FDA cleared, non-invasive, effective procedure that “freezes” fat cells, which are then naturally eliminated from the body in the weeks following treatment.
Schedule a consultation at Premier Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey today to discuss your cosmetic treatment goals. To schedule an appointment with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS, call our Morristown office at 973-889-9300.
Posted in Special Topics on May 5th, 2014