Differences between plastic, aesthetic, and reconstructive surgery

Understanding the differences between plastic, aesthetic, and reconstructive surgery is essential if you are considering undergoing a surgical procedure. In this article on our website, we will explore the distinction between these two subspecialties of plastic surgery.

Aesthetic and reconstructive surgery are subspecialties within plastic surgery, differentiated by their objectives and approaches.

Aesthetic surgery focuses on enhancing a person’s physical appearance through surgical and non-surgical procedures, such as the application of botulinum toxin and hyaluronic acid. These procedures are intended to improve aesthetic appearance and the harmony of changes caused by aging, without necessarily having a medical or functional purpose. They can range from minimally invasive procedures to more extensive and complex surgeries. Some procedures commonly performed in the office include breast implants, facelifts, and liposuction. Remember that only a certified and experienced plastic surgeon can perform these procedures.

Reconstructive surgery is the branch of plastic surgery that aims to restore or improve the function and physical appearance of tissues that have suffered traumatic injuries caused by accidents or burns, as well as diseases and skin tumors or events requiring reconstruction. This branch of plastic surgery also deals with congenital anomalies, such as cleft lip, among others. Its techniques are based on tissue mobilization through grafts and flaps.

The training of a plastic surgeon in accredited centers integrates learning and practice of techniques in aesthetic, reconstructive, and burn patient surgery.

We hope this article is informative and clears up any doubts between these two subspecialties.