The Various Aspects of Being an Oculo-Facial Plastic Surgeon: An Interview

Posted on June 3, 2013

Successfully working as a plastic surgeon can involve more than just surgically correcting the physical defects of patients. Today, we are speaking with Steven Covici, MD, about the various responsibilities of a plastic surgeon.

What are the different types of plastic surgery?

SC: Plastic surgery falls into two categories: cosmetic and reconstructive. Cosmetic surgery improves the physical form in some way, often altering it to meet the desires of the client and sometimes reducing the appearance of aging. Reconstructive surgery corrects deformities caused by birth defects or trauma, such as rebuilding a patient’s face after a car accident.

Dr. Covici, what does being a plastic surgeon involve?

SC: Well, in addition to the obvious, conducting surgical operations, plastic surgeons in private practice must personally conduct consultations and follow up with patients, in addition to emotionally helping patients to recover or cope with their illness.

What are some other responsibilities common to careers as plastic surgeons?

SC: In order to advance their careers or share their knowledge with their peers, surgeons can undertake academic roles, including serving as a clinical instructor or serving on medical examination boards. They can also conduct research and compose articles for scholarly journals, in addition to giving presentations and authoring books.

Great, thank you again, Dr. Steven Covici, for joining us today.

SC: It was my pleasure.

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