Plastic Surgery

Dr. Alton Ingram MD: Plastic Surgery

Dr. Alton Ingram MD specializes in both cosmetic and plastic reconstructive surgery, except for craniofacial surgery. If you’re confused about the difference between cosmetic and plastic surgery, continue reading below.

Cosmetic and plastic surgery are two terms often used interchangeably by the public. While they have many similarities and are in fact closely related specialties, cosmetic and plastic surgery refer to two different medical practices.

Ask Dr. Alton Ingram MD: What is Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery?

Cosmetic surgery has its focus on improving patients’ appearances, while plastic surgery has its focus on appearing defects to restore patients’ normal function and appearance. According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, some common examples of the former are:

  • Breast Enhancement: Augmentation, Lift, Reduction
  • Facial Contouring: Rhinoplasty, Chin, or Cheek Enhancement
  • Facial Rejuvenation: Facelift, Eyelid Lift, Neck Lift, Brow Lift
  • Body Contouring: Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Gynecomastia Treatment
  • Skin Rejuvenation: Laser Resurfacing, Botox┬«, Filler Treatments

Meanwhile, common plastic surgery procedures include:

  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Congenital Defect Repair: Cleft Palate, Extremity Defect Repair
  • Lower Extremity Reconstruction
  • Burn Repair Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Scar Revision Surgery

Ask Dr. Alton Ingram MD: Training for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons

Given that cosmetic and plastic surgeons work to achieve different patient outcomes, it follows that they receive specialized training as well.

In general, to be a plastic surgeon, one must complete six different training categories. Cosmetic surgery is one category and there are 150 cosmetic surgery procedures required to sit for a certification exam.

On the other hand, to be a cosmetic surgeon, one will need to undergo further training dedicated to the specialty by completing a post-residency fellowship. Aside from cosmetic surgery, one must undergo training in Breast Surgery, Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Face Surgery, and Other Cosmetic Surgeries. The number of cosmetic surgery procedures required to sit for a certification exam is also higher, from 150 to 300.