The team at Mardirossian Facial Aesthetics knows that choosing a facial plastic surgeon or FFS surgeon can be a daunting task. After all, everyone claims to be the best, and it’s hard to know who is all talk and who can truly provide the results you want. One important factor to consider is who your surgeon did his or her fellowship under. This is vital for a few different reasons.
Plastic Surgeons are Doctors Too
All facial plastic surgeons are doctors, and they all must undergo the same basic training as a pediatrician, a general practitioner, or even a podiatrist. However, it’s once those first few years of education are over that a doctor begins to choose his or her path and specialty. When it comes to plastic surgery, it is common for people to confuse the terms “plastic surgery” and “cosmetic surgery”. A plastic surgeon is someone who is specially trained, through additional education and a fellowship program, to assist in advanced reconstructive procedures. A cosmetic surgeon, on the other hand, is someone who performs purely elective surgeries, such as facelifts designed to improve aesthetic appearance.
Understanding their Fellowship
Knowing which doctor your facial plastic surgeon did his or her fellowship under can tell you a great deal about that surgeon. For example, if you can read up on the fellow doctor, then you will understand his or her methods. During a fellowship, a plastic surgeon is taught almost exclusively by another surgeon – hence the term “fellow”. They work together to train the new plastic surgeon, who will inherently pick up on their traits and practices. Researching both doctors and understanding the fellowship plays an important role in choosing a doctor to perform your surgery.