Cosmetic Surgeons

Cosmetic surgeons (also known as plastic surgeons and esthetic surgeons) are medical doctors who specialize in surgeries to correct disfigurement and/or improve physical appearance. Though the terms cosmetic and plastic surgery are often used interchangeably, cosmetic surgery usually means procedures performed to reshape normal structures of the body to improve the patient's appearance. Plastic surgery generally refers to reconstructive surgeries performed on abnormal structures of the body caused by birth defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, injury, infection, tumors, or disease.

Quick Facts
Duties Perform patient consultations and care; perform reconstructive surgery on patients to correct physical defects caused by injuries or birth defects; perform elective cosmetic surgeries, such as liposuction or tummy tucks, to improve patients' appearance; keep medical records
Alternate Title(s) Esthetic Surgeons, Plastic Surgeons
Salary Range $100,000+
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Excellent
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Major urban centers; states with the highest employment levels are California, Texas, New York, Ohio, and Florida
Education and Training
  • Medical Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Minimum of 12 years, including internship and residency
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Helpful
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Cosmetic Surgery Department Chair
  • Cosmetic Surgeon
  • Resident
  • Intern

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