March 2020


Nowadays, many people might get mixed between understanding what plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are... However, cosmetic surgery is specified as one of the plastic surgery types, and they both serve totally different purposes which – at some point - can be compared to re-construction and re-design processes.

There is a fundamental difference between cosmetic and plastic surgeries: while the first one is a unique and yet elective discipline of medicine that mostly focuses on enhancing appearance through surgical and medical techniques, the second one is intended to correct dysfunctional areas of the body and is reconstructive in nature. [1] Cosmetic surgery focuses on eliminating the lack of aesthetic appeal of the head, neck and body which – however – function properly. And when it comes to plastic surgery, it defines a surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and disease. [2]

It’s essential to highlight that the primary and unbeatable advantage cosmetic surgery is in aligning the patient’s natural appearance with his/her desired appearance. Despite the fact, it’d not improve any physical dysfunctions - cosmetic surgery always serves for such a called enhanced appearance and includes but not limited to breast enhancement, facial and body contouring, tummy tucks, skin rejuvenation and so on. [3]

Diving in more details, cosmetic surgery helps patients with some of the following aesthetic improvements:

  • Breast augmentation that means augmenting/enlarging the breasts and requires the insertion of saline or silicone breast implants. An incision is done under the breast or in the armpit - so the implant can be pushed through. Cosmetic surgery will include placing it either behind or in front of the chest pectoral muscle.
  • Tummy tuck surgery that means removal of an excess skin and fat from the abdomen for tightening the underlying abdominal muscles. This type of cosmetic surgery is mostly done along the bikini line to avoid a scar visibility.
  • Face lift surgery includes some skin cuts in the scalp and around the ears – for the further tightening and stitching under local or general anesthetic.[4]




Not only plastic surgery, but cosmetic surgery also might carry potential risks if the patient didn’t go through according checkup beforehand. [5] Whether minor or major cosmetic surgery (the same as plastic surgery) might have undesired outcomes. In order to avoid them, all the preparations must be made – as well as – all the considerations. Such preparations include numerous meetings and thorough discussions with the clinic staff which clarifies all stages of cosmetic surgery procedure. In such a way, any patient will be ready before undergoing any type of surgery.

In addition to learning about cosmetic surgery procedure in details, any potential patient needs to pay attention to preparations and required after care that would apply in each individual case.

Therefore, another point of planning a cosmetic surgery abroad is ensuring on high quality aftercare provided by the clinique chosen. No doubts – it’s always pleasant to take advantage of competitively priced medical procedures across various geographies. However, one of the key points remained is recovery and medical follow-up procedures: there can be weekly post-bruising and swelling to be treated during various periods of time. So, any planning of the cosmetic surgery should embrace for recuperation and rest period as essential parts of the recovery. And – logically - they both would depend on type of the cosmetic surgery rendered. [6] Selecting the best clinique such as Medical Travel Czech will allow any patient to rely on his/her surgeon or doctor’s aftercare instructions in order to prevent any potential complications and obtain a desired result of cosmetic surgery in Prague.



[1] American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery: Frequently Asked Questions about Cosmetic Surgery

[2] Royal College of Surgeons: What Is Cosmetic Surgery?

[3] Flawless (Non-Profit Journal): Advantages and Disadvantages of Cosmetic Surgery

[4] Victoria State Government (Australia): Cosmetic Surgery

[5] Green Garage: 7 Main Pros and Cons of Plastic Surgery

[6] Health-Tourism Guide: Medical Trip Aftercare in Medical Tourism