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Plastic Surgery vs. Reconstructive Surgery


Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa in Glen Burnie, MD
These days, it seems that elective surgeries and the doctors who perform the procedures, are a dime a dozen. Because of the plethora of options out there, many assume that all surgeons must have been trained alike, and that the results will not vary a great deal from place to place. However, that could not be farther from the truth. In fact, if you are considering undergoing an elective surgery, you should know the difference between plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery, so that you can make the best decision when it comes time to choose the doctor and facility.

What is Plastic Surgery?

Plastic surgery is meant to address both functional and cosmetic concerns with the body. When most people think of plastic surgery, they think specifically of cosmetic surgery, which is primarily aimed at enhancing an individual’s appearance, for aesthetic purposes. Facelifts and tummy tucks are perfect examples of this, as they address an issue that, while concerning, does not ultimately impact the individual’s physical quality of life.

What is Reconstructive Surgery?

Generally speaking, reconstructive surgery is intended to address a physical defect caused by trauma, illness, or any other extenuating circumstances. If blepharoplasty is done to improve an individual’s eyesight, for example, it could be considered reconstructive. In some cases, even procedures not normally considered to be reconstructive, such as breast reduction, can be considered reconstructive if they alleviate physical distress, such as back pain.

Dr. Banks is Trained in Both

Fortunately, at Beaux Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Nia Banks is a board-certified surgeon who completed her Integrated Residency Program in plastic and reconstructive surgery. This means that she understands how to address both cosmetic and functional needs to give you the results that you are seeking.

Due to her unique and comprehensive approach to the body, you can rest assured that your procedure will be completed with the utmost care and skill, and your results will be only the highest quality. So, if you are in the D.C. area and have questions about what kind of surgery is best for you, we are here to help.

Do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule your consultation today.