Posted on June 22, 2021 in All
When considering a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure, you have many surgeons to choose from and it can be difficult to determine who is the right choice based on their training and qualifications. You will see that some surgeons are referred to as “cosmetic surgeons” while others are called “plastic surgeons.” This may seem synonymous at first, but there are key differences between these types of doctors.
Cosmetic surgery is only performed to enhance the patient’s appearance. Plastic surgery, however, can also be performed to correct or reconstruct areas of the face or body affected by birth defects, traumatic injury, burns, or disease. While cosmetic surgeons are only focused on improving a patient’s looks while preserving function, a plastic surgeon is trained to make alterations that improve or restore function.
Most plastic surgeons will complete a residency focused on the specialty following medical school. However, there are no cosmetic surgery residencies, so these surgeons typically complete training and board certification in another surgical specialty with some post-residency training in cosmetic surgery, such as a fellowship program.
Board certification is just one way to ensure that a plastic or cosmetic surgeon is knowledgeable and skilled enough to complete a successful surgery. Each board will have requirements that vary slightly, but all require physicians to complete an accredited residency training and pass tests that demonstrate their proficiency. They must also demonstrate experience by completing a set number of procedures in their specialty. Cosmetic surgeons are certified through the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, while plastic surgeons are certified through the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Both cosmetic and plastic surgeons may also be certified in other specialties, making them “double board certified.” For example, Dr. Ransom is double board certified in head and neck surgery (AAOHNS) as well as facial plastic and reconstructive surgery (AAFPRS).
Dr. Ransom is a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He holds board certifications in Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Following medical school, Dr. Ransom completed residency training in head and neck surgery at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a fellowship in facial plastic, reconstructive, and laser surgery with Dr. Andrew Jacono in New York City. This means that he holds advanced training in both restoring function or addressing defects in the face as well as performing cosmetic procedures. Unlike many plastic surgeons who perform procedures for the whole body, Dr. Ransom focuses only on procedures for the face and neck area. This includes more complex functional or cosmetic rhinoplasties, Mohs surgery, or reconstruction after a traumatic injury in addition to facelifts, necklifts, and eyelid surgeries.
To learn more about Dr. Ransom’s qualifications or to find out if you are a suitable candidate for a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure, schedule a consultation. Call our San Francisco office at (415) 877-6592 or contact us online.