The Differences Between Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons and Cosmetic Surgeons

Posted on January 25th, 2022 by Dr. William Franckle

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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👃🏻For more results check out the before and after gallery through the link in our bio, and while you’re there don’t forget to book your appointment! ⁠


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Our doctors will not talk you into a procedure that you do not want or are not ready for. It is vital to get all your questions and concerns on the table. You’ll share your medical history, describe any medications you’re taking, and discuss your objectives and expectations with the surgeon while he evaluates the region of your body you want to be treated.

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Body contouring procedures can help address a combination of upper and lower body areas based on each patients’ aesthetic goals. William Franckle, MD, FACS can help you find your inner confidence with a custom body contouring solution. Learn more about common procedures. overall health goals, and outcome expectations.⁠

Call us to schedule your consultation today!⁠


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Body after Baby🤱🏼❗️⁠

Childbirth is a truly miraculous event, and you shouldn’t have to settle for a physique you find unsatisfying. With the Mommy Makeover, South Jersey and surrounding area moms can fight the physical effects of motherhood and shift their focus to the more magical elements of parenthood. ⁠

As with any invasive procedure, it is absolutely paramount that the patient be otherwise healthy before undergoing surgery. Dr. Franckle also advises that patients stop smoking prior to surgery to promote proper healing and recovery. It is also necessary to allow your body ample time to heal after childbirth before undergoing major surgery.⁠


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Fact: A facelift can reposition tissue and address the neck area in ways fillers cannot. However, fillers are excellent for adding lost facial volume and giving a boost to your skin. They’re a great short-term, nonsurgical way to fight the signs of aging. If you’re unsure about committing to a facelift, give facial fillers a try.⁠


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❗️Rhinoplasty results 👃🏻⁠


To see additional photos of our rhinoplasty patients, please schedule your personal consultation at the link in our bio.⁠



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William Franckle, MD, FACS offers advanced plastic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic treatments in New Jersey. All consultations and MedSpa services, including injectables, are held privately at our Voorhees clinic. Surgical procedures are performed at the Virtua Center for Surgery in Sewell under the care of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Franckle.

Contact our team today to learn more about our services and find the right one for you.

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