How Does a Cosmetic Surgeon Differ From a Plastic Surgeon?
Cosmetic surgeons study an area of medicine that focuses solely on enhancing the body's appearance. They may implement both surgical and non-surgical techniques to improve their patients' self-confidence and body image.
Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on the reconstruction of tissue that has been compromised due to disease, burns, trauma, or deformations. Although plastic surgery can provide patients with an added aesthetic benefit, the main objective of treatment is to improve and restore function to dysfunctional parts of the body.
Plastic surgeons undergo much more intensive training and education than cosmetic surgeons. Unlike cosmetic surgery which has no specially dedicated residency program, plastic surgeons complete a residency or fellowship in plastic surgery after they complete medical school. In order to become board certified, plastic surgeons must pass a rigorous certification process approved by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Some plastic surgeons may choose to undergo additional training in cosmetic surgery. Once certified, plastic surgeons are required to periodically complete continuing education courses to remain abreast of current emerging trends in the field.
Why Choose Our Practice?
You owe it to yourself to seek the highest standards of care available. The single most important step in seeking treatment is to thoroughly research the credentials of your caregiver.
Dr. Hardy is qualified and trained to perform both cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures. In addition to certification with the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Hardy is a member of:
- American Society of Plastic Surgery
- Northwest Society of Plastic Surgery
- Plastic Surgery Education Foundation
- Montana Medical Association
- American Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Association
- Cleft Palate Foundation
Dr. Hardy's proven experience and use of the most advanced surgical techniques in the field draws referrals from other specialists in the field.
Combining Experience with Compassion
Successfully restoring function to unhealthy or diseased areas of the body naturally involves an emotional component. Each member of our team is handpicked for their kind, friendly nature. We also understand no two patients are alike, and we individualize treatments based on your unique condition, concerns, and treatment goals.
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Whether you have sustained trauma, suffer from a congenital birth defect, or are just interested in reversing the signs of aging, we can help. Reach out to us today to learn more about how you can benefit from a level of care that can only be provided by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. Schedule an appointment at our practice today.