The Differences Between Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons and Cosmetic Surgeons

While many people think that plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are one and the same, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons have different educational backgrounds, skills, and specialties. Before opting for plastic or cosmetic surgery, it’s essential to know the differences between the two when searching for a specialist to perform your operation.

What Is Cosmetic Surgery?

Cosmetic surgeries are procedures that are completely focused on enhancing a patient’s appearance and can be performed on all areas of the neck, head, and body. Cosmetic surgery is designated as an elective surgery because it treats areas that function properly. Some types of cosmetic surgery include:

– Facial contouring
Body contouring
– Breast enhancement
– Skin rejuvenation
– Facial rejuvenation

There are no residency programs focused on cosmetic surgery. Because of this, after medical school, most cosmetic surgeons do their residency and attain board certification in some sort of surgical specialty.

What Is Plastic Surgery?

Plastic surgery focuses on reconstructing a patient’s facial and body defects caused by trauma, birth defects, disease, and burns to bring them back to their normal function and appearance. Some types of plastic surgery include:

– Hand surgery
– Burn repair surgery
Breast reconstruction
– Scar revision surgery
– Lower extremity reconstruction
– Cleft palate repair

After finishing medical school, plastic surgeons must complete a residency in plastic surgery. After completing their residency, plastic surgeons must get board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

What Does Being “Board-certified” Mean?

Board certification is the most important factor in determining a surgeon’s qualifications. Every certifying board has different requirements that measure a physician’s experience and education. Both plastic and cosmetic surgeons must undergo rigorous training and continuing education courses to keep their certification. Because plastic surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, they are certified to perform cosmetic surgery, but cosmetic surgeons are not certified to perform plastic surgery. You should keep this in mind when choosing a plastic surgeon in New Jersey.

Contact Board-certified Plastic Surgeon William Franckle, MD, FACS

William Franckle, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon in South Jersey that also offers the most up-to-date treatments in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Franckle is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and can help you reach your body aesthetic goals. Contact us today to learn more about the procedures William Franckle, MD, FACS offers.

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Meet Dr. William Franckle Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

We know that you have many options when choosing a plastic surgeon. Dr. Franckle and his staff are dedicated to providing you with a caring and professional surgical experience. Time and time again our patients credit Dr. Franckle’s expertise and the kindness of our staff as the reason for choosing our practice. Dr. Franckle is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify surgeons in the practice of plastic surgery. Attention to detail, meticulous skill, and an artistic eye make Dr. Franckle an expert in such procedures as rhinoplasty (nose job), breast augmentation (breast implants), abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), facelift, and non-surgical treatments (Botox and injectable fillers).

Dr. William Franckle Testimonials

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With the launch of our plastic surgery services comes some friendly new team members! Meet Devin, our lead cosmetic concierge. She's with you from start to finish, making sure you have a 10/10 experience with us. Click our link in bio to book your *complimentary* consultation #VivaEve ...

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"If you think you have to go to a big city like NY or Miami for a top plastic surgeon, think again. Dr Franckle is an amazing surgeon and will go to great lengths to make sure you are happy with your results! I am 57 years old and had a lower facelift and fat transfer in my cheeks and couldn't be happier! Thank you so much Dr. Franckle and your wonderful staff!" - Face lift and fat transfer patient

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Breast Reduction Before and After⁠

Height: 5’0″ Weight: 126 lbs⁠
Age: 28 years old⁠
Pre Procedure Bra Size: 34DDD⁠
Post Procedure Bra Size: 34B⁠
Procedure: Bilateral reduction mammoplasty. 223 grams was removed from the left breast and 239 grams was removed from the right breast.⁠

This patient visited our office with a grade 3 ptosis, her nipple was falling well below the natural fold of the breast. She was also experiencing back, neck and shoulder pain due to the size of her breasts.⁠

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