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What to Look for in Plastic Surgeon Residencies

You may be wondering if you can be a Plastic Surgeon Tustin CA without having done any surgeries yourself. The answer is a resounding "yes". Yes, you too can become a plastic surgeon and never perform a single nose job, chin-tightening, breast augmentation, or liposuction. Wouldn't it surprise you to find out that just a little percentage of the people holding the title of "approved plastic surgeon" actually perform the types of high-dollar cosmetic procedures which generate entertainment news? If that's true, then what does it mean for the rest of us who want to be the next celebrity or actor?
Most American plastic surgeons go to medical school, and then medical school graduates go on to specialize in reconstructive surgery. However, some doctors choose to go on to pursue specialization in other areas, like dermatology or neurosurgery. In fact, some patients who require reconstructive surgery are so badly injured that they come to a doctor who specializes in reconstructive surgery. In this way, the reconstructive surgery doctor has a double career; he or she performs well in the medical world, while preparing their patients for other health problems.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that every cosmetic surgeon performs breast augmentation or nose surgeries. We're talking about general surgery here. What the media likes to portray as cosmetic surgeons, and what they in actuality should be called plastic surgeons, are the types of procedures that produce dramatic before and after photos. These photographs are widely displayed across the Internet, television, and magazines, and are the main reason that plastic surgeons earn millions of dollars each year. A very small fraction of this money, however, is made from actual reconstructive procedures performed by their colleagues.
The average salary for plastic surgeons, however, depends on many factors. For instance, the location of the surgeon, his education, certification, specialty, experience, and location are all considered. The more locations a surgeon performs in, the more diverse his practice will be. In addition, the more specialized he becomes, the more likely that reconstructive procedures will fall under his specialty. Finally, the average salary of a surgeon also increases if he is highly specialized. While most plastic surgeons simply perform routine procedures (like breast augmentations, blepharoplasty, etc. ), there are those who perform surgeries which are considered cutting-edge today, such as face lifts and rhinoplasties.
If you want to perform reconstructive surgery, do your research carefully. It's a tough job. There is a lot of physical and mental pressure. You need to be very fit physically and mentally to be able to perform it to perfection every single time. If you are not thoroughly trained for plastic surgery, do your research thoroughly - ask to see medical licensing or surgical residency programs.
You should also consider your desired field when searching for a good plastic surgeon. Do you want him or her to perform just plastic surgery? Or do you want them to perform all kinds of reconstructive work, such as cardiothoracic surgery, craniofacial surgery, reconstructive ear surgery, hand surgery, facial plastic surgery, liposuction, and other kinds of "mini-surgeries"? Your doctor will be able to tell you what specialties you want as well as what specific training you need to get in before you ever walk into the operating room.
You will also want to consider a pre-medical school background. Some medical specialties require you to have completed your undergraduate work at an accredited university. Others require you to have completed your medical school at an approved vocational/technical high school. Whatever the case may be, take some time to find out exactly what pre-medical programs are offered at your potential plastic surgeon's medical school of choice.
You will not be short on choices once you start looking for a great plastic surgeon. There are literally thousands of medical specialties to choose from. You may even find that you have no choices at all in your area! It pays to be patient, and do your research - you'll soon know what medical specialties are available to you in your area.
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