The rewarding yet demanding field of cosmetic surgery all starts in the classroom. Students wishing to become cosmetic or plastic surgeons must attend at least four years of medical school after college, followed by a residency program. Students then declare a specialty in plastic surgery and undergo training for three years with a residency in this area.
After the student becomes licensed, he or she can begin practicing cosmetic surgery, which involves clinical procedures like tummy tucks and rhinoplasty. They may open their own practice or work in a clinic or hospital to help people augment their faces through lifts, for example. They may work as part of a cosmetic surgical team within a hospital or clinic that provide a broad range of services such as eyelid lifts and penis enlargements, all using lasers and other equipment.
Attention to detail, a steady hand, and good communication and teamwork are all necessary for this career. Doctors in this field must have steady precision when it comes to performing high-tech procedures involving breast implants and reductions, buttock enlargements, and the like.
Many plastic surgeons work primarily on reconstructive surgical teams in trauma wards to help people restore their facial features, for example, after a terrible accident. Birth defects can also lead to a person wanting to change their appearance. These reconstructive procedures are generally covered under health insurance but elective surgeries, such as silicone injections for filling wrinkles and cosmetic rhinoplasty, are generally not covered. Dental reconstructive work may also be covered in whole or in part. Liposuction is generally an elective surgery and the payment for this procedure, along with breast implants, comes out of the patient’s pocket through a financial plan.