Cosmetic vs. Plastic Surgery: What’s the Difference?

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It's common for people in Knoxville and nationwide to use the terms "cosmetic surgery" and "plastic surgery" interchangeably.

But it's important to be specific and informed when you're considering any medical or surgical procedure, which is why Board Certified Knoxville Plastic Surgeon Dr. Dean Kleto wants to clarify these terms for prospective patients.

To schedule a cosmetic or plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Kleto, please contact our offices online through this website or dial  865.524.2442.

Your Distinct Aesthetics

n simplest terms, "cosmetic surgery” is a reference to any elective medical treatment intended solely to impact a patient’s looks.

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Cosmetic surgery patients in Knoxville and nationwide generally choose these procedures because the process will enable them to achieve a more youthful and attractive appearance, not because they have a specific medical need.

A skilled, well-trained surgeon such as Dr. Kleto regularly performs cosmetic surgery procedures on the following regions:

A treatment such as mommy makeover may draw from several of these techniques but the goal remains the same: To revitalize and refresh the patient's physique.

Plastic surgery, on the other hand, is a healthcare specialty dedicated to remaking or correcting areas of the face or body that have suffered serious trauma or cannot properly function due to a birth defect or disease. Plastic surgery is reconstructive by nature, and is meant to correct any part of the body's physical form or function.

Why Board Certification Matters

It is common for a patient to require a surgeon who is well-versed in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgical technique like Dr. Kleto in Knoxville.

Dr. Kleto's certifications and memberships include involvement and training from the following organizations, all of which help set the bar for best practices in cosmetic and plastic surgery:

  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • The American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • The Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons

When you entrust your health, beauty and overall wellness to a surgeon of Dr. Kleto's high caliber, you gain the peace of mind of knowing that regardless of whether you need a non-surgical treatment, cosmetic surgery or reconstructive plastic surgery, your doctor is well-versed in the techniques required to successfully complete your care and see you through to a beautiful, healthy recovery.

To learn more about Board-Certified Tennessee Plastic Surgeon Dr. Kleto, or to schedule a consultation at his Knoxville practice, please contact us online or call us today at  865.524.2442.


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