The education and training of many cosmetic surgeons and other cosmetic specialists are different than that of a general surgeon or pediatrician, since the results and procedures of each are very different. As such most cosmetic surgeons pursuing a career in cosmetic surgery must first complete a residency in plastic surgery or other specialty area, which can take several years to complete. Those who wish to pursue a career as an aesthetic plastic surgeon must have additional training as well, including education, certification, and/or experience.
Since the results and procedures of each and every type of cosmetic procedure are so different, the educational background of a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon is also very different. Cosmetic surgeons pursuing careers as aesthetic plastic surgeons usually have backgrounds that includes a degree in biology, a degree in medical science, or a doctorate in physiology. They may also possess additional specialized training in fields like endocrinology, dermatology, and/or radiation oncology.
Other specialized training that cosmetic surgeons with a background in aesthetics have included but are not limited to, pediatric dentistry, facial plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery, gynecological surgery, and dermatologic surgery. Additionally, while most surgeons do not receive additional specialty training in the fields of anesthesia or radiation oncology, all are required by state laws to receive a minimum of a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) in a health related field, including a medical terminology and instruction in anatomy and physiology, before they may practice cosmetic procedures in that specialty.
Before becoming an aesthetic plastic surgeon, the candidate must be board certified through their local board of surgery and receive a minimum of a BSN. In addition, they must also pass the American Board of Medical Specialties examination. These certifications are not required of any other cosmetic surgeon pursuing a career in aesthetic plastic surgery.
Another common difference between an aesthetic plastic surgeon and a pediatrician is the type of training necessary for a pediatrician, and in some cases, even a dermatologist, before they can practice cosmetic procedures on patients. While many cosmetic surgeons do not have additional schooling or require no additional education at all, some have additional training as part of their residency.
In summary, when considering a career as a cosmetic surgeon, both a cosmetic surgeon who already have a background in aesthetics, and a general surgeon who have additional training in aesthetics, are very similar. Even though most cosmetic surgeries are not performed on children, there are still some commonalities in the training and certifications required for an aesthetic plastic surgeon.
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