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PLASTIC SURGEON: All Good Things Take Time, Patience & Dedication

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This interviewee is a Plastic Surgeon who works mostly on the face, and mostly for reconstructive purposes -- for example, if someone has been in an accident -- or to alter someone's appearance to look younger. His days are spent either in the office seeing patients, or operating in surgery. He advises: stay focused and work hard. There are no short cuts.

Job Title: Plastic Surgeon

Job Summary: Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeons

Job Description

Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeons perform a variety of operations in order to repair or restore body parts to look normal, or to change a body part to look better. These types of surgery are highly specialized. They are characterized by careful preparation of the patient's skin and tissues, by precise cutting and suturing techniques, and by care taken to minimize scarring. Recent advances in the development of miniaturized instruments, new materials for artificial limbs and body parts, and improved surgical techniques have expanded the range of plastic surgery operations that can be performed.

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Additional Info

All physicians and surgeons must pass a standardized national licensure examination. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board.

Certification Requirement
Required by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$200,000 - $550,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Detail oriented, Empathy, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands, Patience, People skills, Problem solving skills, Technical skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

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