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Plastic Surgeon Vs. Cosmetic Surgeon: What's the Difference?

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doctorclipboard-600.jpgMany people use the terms "plastic surgery" and "cosmetic surgery" interchangeably. But when it comes to doctor training programs, there are some important differences between plastic and cosmetic surgery training. As you research the right surgeon for you, keep these things in mind:

Specialty training for a cosmetic surgeon is typically 3-5 years, and focused on specific cosmetic procedures like liposuction and breast implants. By contrast, plastic surgery training takes an additional 5-8 years following medical school. Plastic surgeons learn all the same things cosmetic surgeons do, but also learn about additional procedures, including reconstruction.

So how can you know if the doctor you're researching is a cosmetic or plastic surgeon? Check his or her board certification. When a doctor is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, that means, in addition to receiving their undergraduate medical degrees, doctors have completed a residency in general surgery and an approved residency in plastic surgery, passed a rigorous written and oral board examination, and practiced plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery for a minimum of four years.

Before you entrust your physical transformation to a physician, take time to make sure he or she has the right training and credentials for the job.


Liposuction: A Quick Remedy for "Bra Fat"

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brafat 500.jpgFor some women, a favorite dress or perfect swimsuit can look great in all areas but one ... the armpit area, where a bulge of flesh sometimes sticks out. The technical term for this is an "axillary roll," but most of our patients refer to it as "bra fat."

This particular bulge can be frustrating because it's not very receptive to exercise and diet. Fortunately, liposuction can be quite successful in removing the bulge, and the surgery can often be performed in less than an hour.

In liposuction surgery, small incisions are made so that a thin, hollow tube can be inserted to suction out unwanted fat. There can be some temporary bruising or swelling afterward, but recovery is generally quick.

In addition to the "bra fat" area, liposuction can be used for body sculpting in many areas that are resistant to diet and exercise.

We have lots more information about liposuction on our website, including a video animation that may answers some of your questions. We also offer complimentary consultations for plastic surgery, so contact us if you'd like to meet with one of our physicians to see if liposuction is right for you.


The Top 5 Most Popular Cosmetic Procedures in 2017

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youngwoman-sunshine.jpgThe latest report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons confirms what we see in our office - an increase in people choosing minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. These types of procedures, like Botox, fillers and chemical peels, are up by almost 200% in this decade. We find that our patients like these procedures because the downtime is minimal or non-existent, and they still get great results.

Requests for surgical procedures are on the rise too, up 2% from 2016-2017. Breast augmentation, liposuction and rhinoplasty (nose surgery) top the list.

According to this article in USA Today, here are the top five cosmetic surgery procedures, and minimally invasive procedures in 2017.

Top five cosmetic surgical procedures:

1. Breast augmentation
2. Liposuction
3. Nose reshaping
4. Eyelid surgery
5. Tummy tuck

Top five cosmetic minimally invasive procedures:

1. Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox)
2. Soft Tissue Fillers (Like Restylane & Juvederm)
3. 
Chemical Peel
4. Laser hair removal
5. 
Microdermabrasion


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About Savannah Plastic Surgery

We want to be your first choice when it comes to cosmetic surgery, skin care, and life enhancing services delivered by a team committed to compassion, education, and excellence.

Using a delicate balance of science and art, our physicians can customized every surgery to meet your personal needs and goals. Our surgeons: Dr. Scott Vann, Dr. Barbara Davies, Dr. Carl Pearl, Dr. Luke Curtsinger, and Dr. Matthew McLeod, recognize that no two people are alike. You are unique and we are, too.

We now offer complimentary consultations for cosmetic surgery. Contact us today to begin your body transformation.

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