Did you know that nearly 3 out of 5 U.S. women don’t realize there’s a difference between cosmetic surgeons and plastic surgeons? That’s according to a recent RealSelf survey. Though at first glance, this statistic doesn’t seem that surprising, it’s a bit alarming for those of us who work in the aesthetic industry because we know better.
The fact is, cosmetic surgeons and plastic surgeons are NOT interchangeable. Dr. Tanya A. Atagi has undergone years of advanced training to become a board-certified plastic surgeon. Here’s a quick breakdown of the differences between cosmetic and plastic surgeons so that you can stay in the know and obtain the highest level of care possible.
Plastic surgeons must acquire a higher level of training.
To be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a surgeon must dedicate six years to surgical training, with at least three in plastic surgery. Most certified plastic surgeons have six years of residency training in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic surgeons, on the other hand, are certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and are required to complete an accepted surgical residency program and a one-year fellowship in cosmetic surgery.
The American Board of Plastic Surgery is officially recognized.
What’s more, the American Board of Plastic Surgery is recognized as an official board by the American Board of Specialties, a leading organization which oversees physician board certification, whereas the American Board of Cosmetic Surgeons is not considered an official board.
Dr. Atagi is proud to be among a small group of board-certified female plastic surgeons in Colorado. Fueled by a passion to provide the most personally tailored treatments, she’s
been recognized as a “Top Doctor” in 5280 magazine several times over. Dr. Atagi and her team can’t wait to help you realize your personal best! To learn more about plastic surgery solutions for you, please call 303.327.7300 or request a personal consultation online today.