What is Difference Between Cosmetic Surgeon Vs Plastic Surgeon in Thailand?

Plastic Vs Cosmetic Surgeon

In the present environment we live, where interest in cosmetic surgery is rising, any physician can act or declare himself to be cosmetic surgeon or even plastic surgeon, even without formally or internationally acceptable training.We believe there is a need for more patient education regarding the importance of credentials of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeons.

With the rise in the number of people now seeking surgery in Thailand they especially need to do their research. We recommend you study more or contact us at Destiny Meditravel before having a cosmetic surgery in Thailand. Currently, there are some groups of physicians who do not have proper training but have formed organisations with names that sound similar the official accreditation issued by “SOCIETY OF AESTHETIC PLASTIC SURGEONS OF THAILAND”. Many of them have been practicing for a long period and so well known that people forget they are not board-certified plastic surgeons. There are only a few hundred of real plastic surgeons in Thailand. However, there are more than thousands of cosmetic surgery services. Please do not make a decision based on a websites only

There are many questions and misconceptions about the Plastic Surgeons vs. Cosmetic Surgeon and many patients mistakenly believe that plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons are equal when they are not.

Aesthetic vs. reconstructive
To explain the difference, we will start by defining plastic surgery. There are several specialised fields of 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 Cosmetic Surgery is elective.

Cosmetic vs. plastic: The training
Following the completion of medical school, a board-certified plastic surgeon serves first as a surgical resident for at least 3 years. They undergo rigorous training in all aspects of surgery, then 3 years of focused plastic surgery training. Plastic surgery involves a range of different components, including craniofacial surgery, burn surgery, hand and microsurgery, maxillofacial trauma. It also includes general and breast reconstructive surgery and, of course, cosmetic surgery (facelift, breast implants, liposuction, etc.). Because the field of plastic surgery is so broad and extensive, the training is essential and to become a plastic surgeon is between 6-8 years of further study after medical school.. The length of study and training is a key differentiator between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon.

Thailand Plastic Surgeon Training
The plastic surgeons Destiny Meditravel work within Thailand, are all board-certified by the Thai Board of Plastic Surgery.

They are also members of the Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons of Thailand and the Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Thailand.

They may also be members of other professional societies including

The Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand (Plastic Surgery)
The Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Surgery of Thailand
The Oriental Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
The International College of Surgeons
Some are American board-certified in plastic surgery. Many have received fellowships in U.S., Australian, Canadian and European hospitals.

Most of the Plastic Surgeons in Thailand have received additional training by the American Society of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Society of Liposuction Surgery, the International Academy of Aesthetic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine, the European Society of Aesthetic Surgery, and numerous programs offered in Australia, England, France, Switzerland, and the United States.

Thailand Board certification
It is always important to confirm that a plastic surgeon has been certified by the relevant Board of Plastic Surgery in their country. The Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons of Thailand, are the main body representing all board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeons in Thailand.

Cosmetic surgeons who claim to be board-certified may have received their certificate from a board that is not recognised officially as Plastic Surgery. Alternatively, they may be certified by their specialty board that 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 aesthetic/cosmetic procedure in Thailand it is prudent to be aware of the education and training of the surgeon you’re considering for your procedure.

Do Your Research

The highest priority of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) is to promote patient safety. If you have chosen to travel to Thailand  for aesthetic plastic surgery, we encourage you to do your research. a. Choosing to have Plastic or cosmetic plastic surgery in Thailand demands careful planning and decision-making.

Cosmetic Surgery Myths and Facts

Myth-or-Fact Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery Myths and Factsmyths-about-plastic-surgery

Our impressions about anything are formed from various sources – what we read, what we see, what we hear. While it is good to take into account all information, it is important to sift through it to come to the facts. The internet is not our holy grail and all what’s written on it is not the truth. Coming to cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery there are many myths, some of which were facts a long time ago but are no longer true and some are just plain yarns. Let’s look at the top ten myths (IMHO!) :

  1. Cosmetic surgery=Plastic surgery

Fact: This is not true. Cosmetic surgery is a specialisation within Plastic surgery. While technically a plastic surgeon can perform cosmetic surgery, a Cosmetic Surgeon is not nearly as well trained and experience as a Plastic surgeon at it. When choosing a cosmetic surgeon or a Plastic Surgeon, look at credentials and board certifications carefully to ensure that you are choosing what you really want.

  1. Cosmetic surgery is for only for women

Fact: Not true! More and more men are considering cosmetic surgery or non-surgical cosmetic procedures to enhance their appearance or slow down the effects of aging.

  1. Cosmetic surgery is too expensive

Fact: This one use to be true but not so anymore. It used to be that cosmetic surgery was a luxury afforded by the wealthy elite. With new progress in cosmetic surgery, cost of cosmetic surgery is decreasing in some cases. Medical tourism offers several cost-effective options with the same excellent results making cosmetic surgery increasingly affordable.

  1. Botox is harmful

Fact: This is misinformation. Botox when administered by professionals in the purest form is very safe and has been so for over 25 years. When given correctly it can soften wrinkles and lines around the face without the “frozen” look that people fear.

  1. Breast implants are harmful

Fact: Both silicone and saline breast implants are approved by FDA for use in humans. This means that clinical studies were conducted studying the safety of these implants and the results showed that they are perfectly safe. There may be minor side-effects such as leaking but those are not harmful to the body and can be rectified.

  1. You cannot breast feed if you have implants

Fact: Not true again! You can safely breastfeed even if you have implants. Generally your surgeon and doctor will recommend that you breastfeed if you can since breast milk is the best form of nutrition for your child. It is true that sometimes very little silicone can mix in the breast milk but that is not harmful to your child.

  1. Breast implants increase the risk of breast cancer

Fact: There is absolutely not truth in this one. Breast implants have been around for tens of years and there is no indication that there is any link between breast cancer and breast implants. Regular checkup of your breasts is recommended as usual but there is nothing extra that needs to be done.

  1. Liposuction is an easy way to lose weight

Fact: Liposuction is body contouring to remove fat cells from your body. It does not lead to automatic weight loss. An active life style and good eating habits are essential to lose weight. Since liposuction removes fat cells from problem areas, even if you do gain weight after liposuction, your problem areas will gain even weight in comparison to the rest of your body.

  1. Cosmetic surgery is too risky

Fact: Not really. There is a risk of complication with cosmetic surgery as with every surgery but there is no exaggerated risk with cosmetic surgery. With the choice of right surgeon and right hospitals the risk can be mitigated and controlled.

  1. You will have ugly scars after cosmetic surgery

Fact: This is yet another one which was true maybe earlier but not so much now. Now scars are hidden in places not easily visible. For example, for breast implants, you may have scars in your armpit. For facelifts, your scars can be hidden along your hairline or behind contours