What is a plastic surgeon?
A plastic surgeon is trained to specialize in the surgery of skin and soft tissue. They are uniquely qualified to perform aesthetic (cosmetic) and reconstructive surgical and nonsurgical procedures in all areas of the body.
In Canada, the designation of a “Plastic Surgeon” is only given to physicians who have undergone the rigorous training in a plastic surgery residency and have achieved the national board certification through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. There are other physicians who also perform cosmetic surgery or procedures like cosmetic surgeons, general surgeons, ENT surgeons (otolaryngologists), gynaecologists, dermatologists and family physicians. But they do not have the same training as a plastic surgeon.