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Dr. Anh-Tuan N. Truong is one of the top cosmetic surgeons in Chicago, IL.  He is not only double board-certified by the American Board of Surgery (AMBS) and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, but he was also voted one of America's "Top Cosmetic Surgeons" by the Consumer's Research Council of America.

People from all over the country come to Chicago to see this uniquely skilled surgeon. On top of his specialization in plastic surgery procedures, he has won awards for his research in skin regeneration and artificial skin, making him unusually adept at knowing how the skin will react to a cosmetic procedure. This keen attention to detail enables him to deliver results that his patients love!

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Chicago Plastic Surgeons vs. Chicago Cosmetic Surgeons: What's the Difference?

If you've been searching for "plastic surgery Chicago" for any length of time, you've probably seen the terms plastic surgeon and cosmetic surgeon everywhere you've looked. If you're like most people, you probably thought they were interchangeable words for the same type of surgeon.

It's true that the terms are used interchangeably, especially by Chicago plastic surgeons who choose to focus their practices on cosmetic surgery.

Due to falling reimbursements, there are also many doctors and non-surgeons in unrelated fields claiming to be cosmetic surgeons.

This can be misleading and has led to some confusion in public perception.  Even doctors in other medical fields can't distinguish the difference. This is due to the fact that there are many conflicting descriptions in the media and by surgeons themselves with respect to the two.

Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery both deal with surgical alteration of the human body. The fields are therefore closely related, but not the same.

1. Chicago Cosmetic Surgery & Chicago Plastic Surgery Differ in Their Objectives.

While both cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery deal with alteration to the human body, the ultimate goals may differ and thus the guiding principles with regard to training, research, and emphasis of procedures may differ.

Chicago Cosmetic Surgery: Focused on Enhancing Appearance Aesthetically

The procedures, techniques, and principles of cosmetic surgery are entirely focused on enhancing a patient’s appearance. Improving aesthetic appeal, symmetry, and proportion are the key goals.

Cosmetic surgery can be performed on all areas of the head, neck, and body. Because the treated areas function properly, cosmetic surgery is elective. Cosmetic surgery is practiced by doctors from a variety of medical fields, including some plastic surgeons.

Examples of cosmetic surgery procedures include:

  • Facelift
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Liposuction
  • Fat Transfers

Chicago Plastic Surgery on the other hand is defined as a surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and disease. Plastic surgery is reconstructive in nature as it is primarily concerned with restoring function, while maximizing form is of secondary concern.

Although many of the surgical principles in regard to maximizing aesthetic appearance of the final result are the same, plastic surgery's primary objective is to restore the underlying function of the body part whether it be mobility, bodily function, or protective tissue coverage.

In 1999, the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons changed its name to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to more strongly communicate the message that “plastic and reconstructive surgeons are one and the same.”¹

Some examples of plastic surgery procedures:

  • Breast reconstruction after mastectomy
  • cleft-lip repair
  • hand surgery and finger re-plantations
  • scar revisions
  • scar and skin graft surgery for burns
  • skin flaps for tissue defects.

2. Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic Surgery Differ in Their Training.

The training required to become a board-certified plastic surgeon in Chicago is distinctly different than the training to become a board-certified cosmetic surgeon in Chicago.  Since the scope and type of procedures performed by each are different, it's logical that each specialty undergoes a different training and certification.

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Plastic surgery training is completed through a post-graduate or combined residency program

To make things even more confusing, there are two tracks to becoming a plastic surgeon.  Some complete an entire 5 years of general or otolaryngology surgery training plus an additional 2-3 years of post-graduate training in plastic surgery.

Another path to plastic surgery is a "combined" program in which surgeons complete 3 years of general surgery training followed by 3 years of plastic surgery training.

The commonality between the two is that a large portion of the training is dedicated to general surgery or otolaryngology (3-5 years) followed by a period (2-3 years) in which a plastic surgeon must master all aspects of reconstructive surgery including craniofacial surgery, hand surgery, burn surgery, microsurgery, and some cosmetic surgery.

In total, only a very small portion of a plastic surgeon's training (a few months over 6-7 years) is dedicated to training in cosmetic surgery and not all cosmetic surgical procedures are taught.

It is for this reason that many plastic surgeons choose to undergo additional fellowships or apprenticeships in cosmetic surgery in order to be comfortable and proficient at specific cosmetic procedures.

Therefore the title “board-certified plastic surgeon” indicates a certain level of training and experience with respect to plastic surgery and the vast scope of procedures that are required in their training.

Because the scope of training is so broad, the actual number of cosmetic surgical procedures required to graduate from a plastic surgery program may actually be very few (see chart above).

Furthermore, this certification does not require experience or exposure to many common cosmetic procedures.²  Certification only denotes that the surgeon has been exposed to at least the minimum number of qualifying cases in the field, and in regard to cosmetic surgery cases, that minimum number varies greatly between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery.

Currently, there are no ABMS residency programs in the United States devoted exclusively to cosmetic surgery. Because of this, cosmetic surgeons primarily obtain training and experience after completing their residency training. This is done by completing a post-residency fellowship.

Board-certified cosmetic surgeons are residency-trained and certified in a primary surgical specialty and then fellowship-trained specifically for cosmetic surgery.

When it pertains to cosmetic surgery, the training, experience, and knowledge required to become a board-certified cosmetic surgeon reflects specialization in cosmetic surgical procedures above and beyond what is required in plastic surgery.

Each surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery has completed a one- or two-year fellowship training dedicated to cosmetic surgery alone. During this fellowship, surgeons receive thorough training in all cosmetic surgery procedures of the face, breast, and body, plus non-surgical cosmetic treatments, performing a minimum of 300 individual cosmetic surgery procedures.

This fellowship training is in addition to completing a 5-6 year residency program in a related discipline like general surgery, otolaryngology, oral-maxillofacial surgery, or plastic surgery.

Board-certified plastic surgeons may be very skilled and qualified to perform cosmetic surgery and may be the most experienced in those procedures in your area.  However, it is important to understand that this is not always the case.

If you look at requirements and training to perform a cosmetic procedure, plastic surgery certification doesn't always equate to more proficiency compared to a dedicated board-certified cosmetic surgeon.  That is why some board-certified plastic surgeons seek to also become board-certified cosmetic surgeons.

Because any licensed physician can legally perform cosmetic surgery, regardless of how they received cosmetic surgery training, it is extremely important to do your research when choosing a cosmetic surgeon.

In the end, the title doesn't matter if the surgeon can't perform a procedure safely and proficiently and this goes back to adequate training. To find the best plastic surgeon in Chicago for a specific cosmetic procedure, you must compare doctors’ overall (residency and post-residency) training, experience, and proven competence with respect to that specific cosmetic procedure that you want to get.

A plastic surgeon may not always be the most well-trained surgeon when it comes to a given cosmetic procedure, just as a cosmetic surgeon may not be the best surgeon to perform a reconstructive procedure.

Also remember that many doctors claiming to be cosmetic surgeons aren't certified surgeons at all.  This is why doing your research and asking the right questions are paramount.

For questions to ask your Cosmetic Surgeon, click here.

¹http://www.plasticsurgery.org/articles-and-galleries/history-of-plastic-surgery.html

²Morrison, M.Sc., Colin, A Survey of Cosmetic Surgery Training in Plastic Surgery Programs in the United States, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, pp.1570-1578, 2008.


Plastic Surgery Chicago ReviewsPlastic Surgery Reviews

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Dr. Truong Changed My World!

Oct 2013 I went to Dr Truong for a tummy tuck, got 2 other opinions and felt Dr Truong was the right Doctor and office. I had (more than 20 years ago) several stomach surgeries and was left with an "Apron" on one side, add to weight gain and it was positively unseemly. Dr Truong did my Surgery in June 2013. I can tuck in my blouse!! The change in looking in the mirror is awesome - I am very happy with my decision and the outcome. The staff and the Doctor are really wonderful - I had poor Suzie on my speed dial and she was the epitome of kindness and courtesy. If you are thinking of surgery - go see DR TRUONG!!

Dr. Truong and his staff are the best!!!

I would like to say "THANK YOU", to Dr. Truong and his wonderful staff. Thinking about having surgery can be an overwhelming decision. You can go through so many different emotions. After finding Dr. Truong, my husband and I knew we had found the perfect match for what I wanted in my surgeon. Dr. Truong has the best "bedside manner ". From the moment I met him he was patient and took the time to address all my questions and concerns. The entire staff makes you feel so comfortable, like you're family. He is an amazing surgeon. I had a mommy makeover ( BA and TT) and I am amazed with my results. I wanted to look better after having 3 wonderful boys, but I didn't want to look like a had "something done". I look so natural, that people that have known me for so time couldn't figure out what was different. They just thought I looked really good. Which is a wonderful compliment! I look my pictures of my body before my procedure, and I can't believe the difference. I can honestly say the having Dr. Truong as my surgeon is the best choice that I made. He truly is a surgeon who cares about his patients.

R. Suarez R. Suarez
from Vitals.com

Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tuck

Dr. Truong is the most caring and amazing surgeon there is. His work is done in a very professional manner and to the finest detail possible. I would highly reccomend him to anyone that is looking to have any work done. He performed a tummy tuck and breast augmentation on me-and lets just say that the results were beyond my expectations. I cant say enough about how great of a surgeon he is.

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I would highly recommend Dr. Truong and staff. I went to his office for a breast augmentation consultation and knew right away he was the doctor for me. He was honest, understanding and most of all, he listened to me. I booked my surgery and was excited to finally look and feel my best. The morning of my surgery was finally here! My Husband took me to the surgery center and the staff prepared me for the O.R. Dr. Truong came in and talked to me a bit, then walked me into the operating room. I woke up feeling groggy, but I had full breasts! I was in recovery for an hour or so when Dr. Truong came to see me. I was released and went home straight to bed. By the next evening I was at the mall! I didn't need my pain meds anymore either! I am very satisfied with my results. I honestly can say that I would do it all over again. It was a very easy procedure for me even being I have never even had a tooth pulled. I have had a few checkups with Dr. Truong and everything is going well. I will definitely be going back to him in the future.

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Before meeting with Dr. Truong I had been dealing with years of unhappiness with the work done by a previous doctor. I had met with several plastic surgeons in Tampa Bay area and felt most confident with Dr. Truong and his ability to correct my breast. Dr. Truong had me at ease after explaining to me what his vision was for my final outcome. I did a lot of research on Dr. Truong and have also known others he has worked on and have heard nothing but great things. After a fairly easy recovery I was amazed at the results I saw when the bandage came off!!!It was better than I even imagined!!! Dr. Truong had his work cut out for him and he more than delivered!!! Ive never been so happy with my body! Even weeks after my procedure his follow-up and sincerity that he gives to each of his clients is more than anyone could ask for. The staff at Tampa Bay Surgical Arts is so friendly and helpful. They make me feel right at home! Thank you Dr. Truong and the wonderful staff at Tampa Bay Surgical Arts!!!

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My Miracle

I must say Thank You!!!!! Dr. Truong and his Nurses!!! From the first day I walked into the office, Dr Truong and Staff made me feel at home! They are friendly, warm and they have the right words of comfort to make you feel comfortable with the Doctor. I had a complex with my chest, after 20 years of marriage still kept myself covered because I disliked my flat chest. I have wanted to have a breast augmentation since I was 18, Now at 43: I am so happy that I waited and Chose Dr. truang. He knows what he is doing!!!! I wanted to go to what I thought was the right size for my frame Yet he stated, that I could pull off a larger size. Glade I LISTENED. I went to a 400cc and it Looks So Natural. His front staff and Head Nurse Susan made me feel like FAMILY. I received a call the day of surgery, the next day and followed up day five and The Office front staff treated me like a person and even more so Family. I had such a great experience that I Bragg about the entire office as well as his work!! I truly recommend Dr Truong because he did such a wonderful job, and my Husband whom was not too convinced, Loves My New Twins as he Is Very Happy with the Results. Thank you Tampa bay Surgical Arts, Thank YOU Dr TRUONG!!!!!!!!

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Dr. Truong's 5 star reviews

I'm 29 Years Old, Mother of Three.


I knew before I was even 18 I wanted a breast augmentation. Had always had small breasts and held an insecurity about them. After having two children they became even more "deflated". As much as I wanted a breast augmentation, I was terrified of the procedure. I have severe anxiety and panic attacks and the thought of being put under Scared me. I spoke with several plastic surgeons in the Tampa
Sunnydayz423 Sunnydayz423
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Rewarding Myself for Hard Work


At 26 years old, I had a Breast Augmentation with Mentor Memory Gel Silicone implants. I had 400cc / 425cc, and went from a small A to a small D. The results were amazing, and more than I could have wanted.


At 27, I had Liposuction to my abdomen and thighs. I was obese throughout my teenage years, and after losing almost 100 pounds, I had just a few problem areas that needed help. There was minimal pain and bruising, and I was again amazed at the results.


I consulted Dr. Truong for a Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tuck procedure after consulting with other physicians in my local area of Sarasota, and not feeling confident with having them perform the surgeries. Dr. Truong was very informative about both procedures, and actually explained that if I was to have a tummy tuck at 26 years old, the results may be destroyed if I were to have children later in life, and I was better off to have liposuction to the area of concern. None of the other physicians I had consulted with had mentioned that, and I was grateful that Dr. Truong was honest about it instead of just taking my money. I couldn't be happier with the results of both surgeries! Dr. Truong was very caring throughout the recovery process, and I would recommend him to anyone looking to have a cosmetic procedure. He was worth the drive from Sarasota, and I will be returning for any future needs.

kziemba83 kziemba83
from RealSelf.com

Breast Lift with Augmentation


My surgery went very smoothly. I had limited pain afterwards. I didn't even have to take any of the pain medication that was prescribed. So far, the incisions are healing nicely. Great experience overall. Everyone at Dr. Truong's office and everyone at the surgical facility has been pleasant to work with.


Doctor Truong is very easy to talk to and deal with. Everyone of his office staff is amazing!

23 Years Old, Student


I had small breasts. My motivation for the surgery was solely to attain larger breasts. My recovery has gone smoothly and I'm very pleased with my results. I am two weeks post op and pain free, for the most part. Aside from some nerve pain, I have full range of motion in my arms. My incision scars are very thin and almost invisible!


Dr. Truong was very professional and truly catered to my desires and preferred outcomes for my breast augmentation. His staff is also very friendly and helpful. I've had a wonderful overall experience.

CSolimeno CSolimeno
from RealSelf.com

It Was About Time I Did Something for Myself


Dr troung was very professional, considerate, educated and talented. I was very nervous on my first visit. Doctor and his staff made me feel at ease with their top notch excellence. He explained everything in terms I could understand and I knew what to expect. Surgery and recovery went well, august will be my one year check up. I am so glad that I had the surgery and I am very happy with the results. Thank you Dr troung and staff!

Life Changing


I had abdominolplasty on Nov.14,2013 performed by Plastic Surgeon Dr. Anh-Tuan Truong... a gifted surgeon. I am 16 days post with very little discomfort and back to work and the scaring is healing so fast. His staff is very polite and sincere. Aftercare was GREAT. I am glad to have been his patient for this life changing surgery.


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