Many people do not realize this, but there is a difference between a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon. The difference lies in their training. Any doctor can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon. Actually, they do not have to prove that they have any specific training in surgery at all. The term “cosmetic surgeon” is not well regulated.
“Board certification isn’t just a matter of preference…it’s a must.”
In contrast, a plastic surgeon usually completes at least six years of rigorous surgical training that is focused on plastic surgery. Plastic surgeons do a great deal more than just cosmetic surgery. They improve the appearance of children born with congenital deformities, reconstruct the breast after breast cancer surgery and perform painstaking microsurgery to reattach amputated fingers, just to name a few. They are experienced in dealing with all ages and kinds of people, from head to toe.
The joining link between all these varieties is simple: plastic surgeons are dedicated to restoring form and function to the human body in a way that is as aesthetically beautiful as possible.
Our doctors recognize that each person is unique. So, when you come in for your consultation, the first thing our doctors do is listen to you – they take the time to listen to your hopes, your concerns, your experiences. The next step is for them to offer their advice based on your uniqueness, their surgical experience and their artistic impression.
If our doctors do not feel that they can treat your particular concern, they will do their best to refer you to someone who can. In fact, we encourage you to have several consultations before you decide on a surgeon. After all, you may “click” better with one person over another.
Take your time to get as educated as you can and explore all your options. Dr. Wongworawat, Dr. Kim, and Dr. Filip have all undergone plastic surgery training at Loma Linda University and are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.