The Difference Between Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery

The term “plastic surgery” is the most commonly used phrase to describe elective surgical aesthetic procedures such as rhinoplasty (nose jobs), breast augmentation, tummy tucks and liposuction. The term “cosmetic surgery” is less commonly used and some people think that “plastic surgery” and “cosmetic surgery” are interchangeable terms when, in actuality, they are refer to two different categories of surgery.

Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth
disorders, trauma, burns, and disease. Plastic surgery is intended to correct dysfunctional areas of the
body and is reconstructive in nature.
Cosmetic surgery is dedicated to enhancing appearance through surgical and medical techniques. Cosmetic surgery can be performed on all areas of the head, neck and body. Cosmetic surgery is elective, whereas, for some, plastic surgery (that is reconstructive) is done out of necessity.
Dr. Terry Perkins is a double board certified cosmetic surgeon in Santa Barbara. Dr. Perkins has been performing cosmetic surgeries for over 30 years and specializes in giving patients an end result that looks natural and rested and not “over done”.
Dr. Perkins performs facial rejuvenation surgeries at Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara such as face lifts, forehead lifts, eyelid surgery, chin surgery, and neck lift surgery to address aging face issues. He also performs nose surgery (rhinoplasty) and ear pinning surgery (otoplasty) to help appearance or function (in regards to the nasal surgery).
Body contouring through liposuction and, if needed, surgery can also be done by Dr. Perkins. Liposuction can be performed on the arms, abdomen and flanks, hips and legs (most commonly the inner and outer thigh areas).
For some patients, the hardest part about cosmetic surgery is scheduling the first consultation. Dr. Perkins makes it a priority to educate his clients on their options so that they will feel confident in the cosmetic surgery choices they make. Dr. Perkins shares with you how a consultation may go in his office:
Dr. Perkins can help you look your best – naturally! Schedule an appointment with Dr. Perkins by calling 805.563.0000. Dr. Perkins has cosmetic surgery offices in Santa Barbara and Oxnard.
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