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.