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.
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.
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.
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