29 November 2011People are confused about the difference between a plastic surgeon and an aesthetic surgeon, according to a recent newspaper report. An article published in the Daily Mirror said the main reason for the confusion was the fact that both specialities involve improving a patient's appearance. In addition, plastic and aesthetic surgeons undergo the same training, becoming a fully qualified doctor before taking a postgraduate degree in surgery.A plastic surgeon however, will spend their time operating on patients suffering from physical injuries following an accident or abnormalities such as cleft palates. According to the newspaper, these operations are medically necessary and are usually carried out on the NHS. By comparison, aesthetic surgeons are in charge of procedures that may not be medically necessary, but rather are aimed at improving the physical appearance of the patient. Some of the most popular forms of treatment include breast enhancements, facelifts and liposuction.