The Differences Between a Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon

Posted: January 31, 2024

BOTOX CosmeticWhile many patients consider them identical, there are important differences between a cosmetic surgeon and a plastic surgeon. At Orange County Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Anthony Miller provides both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures that help patients enhance their appearance and reach their aesthetic goals. 

Depending on your objectives, working with a cosmetic or plastic surgeon could be the right choice. This post will review key differences to help you make the most informed decision.

Cosmetic vs Plastic Surgery: What Is the Difference?


Cosmetic and plastic surgeons perform many of the same procedures, but there is a significant deviation in their focus. Cosmetic surgeons dedicate themselves to mastering the artistry of enhancing patients’ appearances. Their primary focus is on aesthetics, while plastic surgeons also provide treatments that can restore bodily function.

As the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery explains, cosmetic surgery’s aim is to enhance one’s appearance through various methods, such as augmentation, adjusting body proportions, or creating greater symmetry among facial features.

Plastic surgery includes cosmetic treatments, but it also focuses on reconstructive procedures. In fact, the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons changed their name to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to demonstrate that “plastic and reconstructive surgeons are one in the same.”

Cosmetic Surgeon Training 


Just as plastic surgeons specialize in their field, board-certified cosmetic surgeons complete a residency and fellowship training in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Miller was drawn to the artistry and creative nature of cosmetic surgery, which led him to pursue a cosmetic surgery fellowship after completing his residency in general surgery. 

What Types of Procedure Does a Cosmetic Surgeon Perform? 

Cosmetic surgeons offer various procedures, and you will find that each surgeon has their own sub-specialty, whether it be facial rejuvenation or body enhancement. Dr. Miller offers surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance a patient’s face and body, whether addressing significant loose skin and wrinkles or just beginning to notice signs of aging. 

With a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, you can rest assured that your treatment is in good hands. Their experience and expertise in cosmetic procedures and facial and body anatomy allow them to tailor each treatment to a patient’s needs and goals. 

Schedule Your Cosmetic Surgery Consultation 

If you would like to learn more about cosmetic surgery with Dr. Miller, please contact Orange County Cosmetic Surgery at (714) 379-9777. We proudly serve patients in Huntington Beach, Orange County, Costa Meza, and surrounding areas in California.