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Cosmetic medicine and plastic surgery are often used interchangeably but are two distinct fields. While both aim to enhance a person’s appearance, their approach, procedures, and goals differ.

Cosmetic medicine is a medical specialty that focuses on improving the appearance of a person’s skin, face, and body. This can be achieved through non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures such as injectables, laser treatments, and skin resurfacing techniques. Cosmetic medicine aims to enhance a person’s appearance, boost their self-esteem and confidence, and provide a more youthful and refreshed look.

On the other hand, plastic surgery is a surgical specialty that aims to reconstruct or alter the appearance of a person’s body. Plastic surgery includes procedures such as breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, and facelifts. The primary goal of plastic surgery is to improve the function or form of a specific body part or address a medical condition.

One of the significant differences between cosmetic medicine and plastic surgery is the nature of the procedures. Cosmetic medicine procedures are typically non-invasive or minimally invasive and can be performed in a clinic or medical spa. In contrast, plastic surgery requires an operating room, general anesthesia, and a longer recovery period.

Another difference is the training and certification requirements for practitioners. Cosmetic medicine practitioners include dermatologists, General Practitioners and other medical professionals who have undergone additional training in cosmetic procedures. For example, they may hold Fellowship status with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. In contrast, plastic surgeons undergo extensive surgical training and are Fellows of the College of Surgeons.

Cosmetic medicine and plastic surgery are two distinct fields that aim to enhance a person’s appearance. While cosmetic medicine procedures are typically non-invasive or minimally invasive, plastic surgery requires surgical intervention. By understanding these differences, individuals can make informed decisions about their aesthetic goals and the appropriate treatment options.

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