Cosmetic surgery vs plastic surgery
The field of plastic surgery can be categorised into two; namely, cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. Both are subspecialties of plastic surgery. Let's understand the difference between the two.
|Cosmetic surgery||Plastic surgery|
|A cosmetic surgery is performed to beautify or improve the existing physique of a patient.||A plastic surgery is performed to reconstruct a patient’s dysfunctional areas of the body.|
|Improving the patient’s looks, appeal, symmetry and proportion of the face or body are the key goals.||Performed to correct facial and body defects due to birth disorders, accidents, burns and diseases.|
|Cosmetic surgeries are performed on the head, neck and body. Cosmetic surgeries are elective.||Plastic surgeries are also performed in the head, neck and body. They can be mandatory in some cases.|
|Cosmetic surgery is rarely covered under a health insurance plan.||Most of the plastic surgeries involve reconstruction to restore function of the body part, it is often covered by health insurance.|
Before opting for any type of plastic surgery, get to know the possible outcomes and realistic goals of the surgery.