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Many people are confused by the surgical terminology, ‘cosmetic’ versus ‘plastic’. Dr. Prendergast is an aesthetic, or ‘cosmetic’ surgeon, and thus Venus Medical is a solely aesthetic or cosmetic clinic.  Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are closely related specialties, but it is important to understand that they are not the same. In terms of what cosmetic and plastic respectively set out to achieve in terms of  results, we can envision cosmetic as lying further along the scale of what is deemed acceptable or ideal.


Both cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are rooted in creating improvements. However, cosmetic surgery, as practised at Venus Medical, focuses on enhancing appearance; symmetry, and proportion are the key goals. Patient’s bodies function normally before they undergo cosmetic intervention, thus the cosmetic procedures are all deemed elective, and not essential.


The following are examples of procedures deemed strictly as cosmetic procedures:

  • Breast Enhancement: Augmentation, Lift, Reduction
  • Facial Contouring: Rhinoplasty, Chin, or Cheek Enhancement

  • Facial Rejuvenation: Facelift, Eyelid Lift, Neck Lift, Brow Lift
  • Body Contouring: Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Gynecomastia Treatment
  • Skin Rejuvenation: Laser Resurfacing, Anti-wrinkle Injections, Filler Treatments

Plastic surgery, in contrast, focuses on repairing defects to a normal level of function and appearance. Examples include burn repair surgery and breast reconstruction.


Crucially, Cosmetic surgery and aesthetic medicine training is obtained separately from plastics training.


”Board certified plastic surgeon” for example, does not necessarily indicate any proficiency in cosmetics. Generally, at least two years after  plastic surgery residency, cosmetic training can commence. This means cosmetic surgeons are both residency trained and cosmetically trained.


Plastic surgeons, as with all other qualified doctors, must receive specific training in aesthetics in order to perform procedures and treatments.


It is essential to select your cosmetic doctor carefully. Dr. Prendergast is exceptionally trained and continues to work tirelessly to improve regulatory standards and training available to physicians around the world. He is also a passionate advocate of patient education.