The perception of some people when you say plastic surgeon is oh yes, only celebrities frequent those kinds of doctors. However, truth be known, nearly 10 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2009, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
As you can see, plastic surgeons are busy and not just in Hollywood.
What They Do
Plastic surgeons shape and mold parts of the body, such as the ears, face, midsection, hands, and other extremities, for cosmetic and functional effect. They also repair congenital problems, such as cleft palates or malformed bone structure in hands or feet. Cosmetic surgery reshapes normal body parts for aesthetic reasons, while reconstructive surgery repairs or replaces body parts damaged by accidents, illness or malformation.
Qualifications and Education
After completing a Bachelor's degree in a pre-medical major, such as biology or chemistry, future plastic surgeons must earn a four-year medical degree (either M.D. or D.O.) from an accredited medical school and then complete 5 or 6-years of residence training. Three years of the surgery training is in general surgery and the final 2 or 3 years are specialized for plastic surgery.
Compensation and Demand
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, surgeons, including practicing plastic surgeons, made an annual median of $339,738 in 2008, making them some of the best-paid professionals in the United States. And, for those willing to endure the years of schooling, career prospects are bright; demand for medical care continues to grow, and more patients than ever are seeking out, and needing, plastic surgery.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun