Cosmetic vs. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Posted: February 11, 2015

Both cosmetic and plastic surgery experts are highly knowledgeable and trained in their respective areas of expertise, but in order to provide the best care for you, it is important to know the major differences between cosmetic and plastic surgeons.

First off, the goals and objectives of these two types of doctors vary. For cosmetic surgeons like Dr. Aguirre, the focus is on enhancing appearance through surgical and medical techniques. Cosmetic surgery is considered elective because each treated area is functional, but the patient desires to increase aesthetic appeal.

On the other hand, plastic surgeons seek to reconstruct facial and body defects due to birth or trauma. Plastic surgery is reconstructive in nature and restores functionality in patients.

Much of the confusion between the roles of plastic and cosmetic surgeons is that they often overlap; many plastic surgeons also perform cosmetic surgery.

The educational backgrounds for both cosmetic and plastic surgeons differ as well. There is currently no residency program specifically for cosmetic surgeons, therefore after completing medical school and a residency in a particular specialty, practitioners hoping to become cosmetic surgeons must complete post-residency training specifically in cosmetic fellowships, lectures, or seminars and workshops. As of 2014, all cosmetic surgeons seeking to become board certified must complete a fellowship as approved by the American Academy of Cosmetic surgery.

Cosmetic and plastic surgeons are both highly trained in their fields of expertise, but the additional knowledge and experience in specialty areas is vital to providing the best patient care for each individual case. Dr. Aguirre’s extensive training and years of practice make him an ideal choice for cosmetic procedures.

For more information on Dr. Aguirre, or to schedule a consultation, call 303.322.0500 or email