This section covers the most frequently asked questions about our specialty. If your question is not here you can send it to us using the contact us page.

What is the most common procedure performed by plastic surgeons?

The most commonly performed procedure overall is tumor removal. The most commonly performed cosmetic procedures are liposuction and breast augumentation.

What is the most common cosmetic procedure for men?

The first is nose reshaping (rhinoplasty). After that there is liposuction.

¿Qué procedimientos de rejuvenecimiento son los más populares mundialmente entre personas de 30 a 50 años?

Taking in account men and women between their 30 and 50, the 5 most frequent procedures are: liposuction, blefaroplasty, abdominoplasty, breast augumentation, chemical peel.

Why is cosmetic and reconstructive surgery called plastic?

Plastic comes from the Greek term plastikos, meaning to mould or shape.

What is the official qualification that a plastic surgeon must have?

The official title of Specialist in Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery. (Título de Médico Especialista en Cirugía Plástica, Estética y Reconstructiva). The name of the specialty has changed in 2003, the previous name, also valid, was: Médico Especialista en Cirugía Plástica y Reparadora. In Spain, Specialist Plastic surgeons are certified by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte -MECD). To obtain the official title of specialist by the MECD a physician must pass a series of rigorous tests about medical procedures and practices and must have undergone officially recognised plastic surgery training.

How does someone find a qualified plastic surgeon? Also, is there a way to check to see if a doctor is an Officially Qualified Plastic Surgeon?

The Oficial Medical Colleges (Colegio Oficial de Médicos) can provide information and confirmation on qualified plastic surgeons in a specific province.

Useful addresses and telephone numbers are:

Ilustre Colegio Oficial de Médicos de La Coruña:
Avda. Salvador de Madariaga, 35.
15008 La Coruña.
Teléfono: (00 34) 981 295477

Colegio Oficial de Médicos de Madrid:
C. Santa Isabel, 51.
28012 Madrid.
Teléfono: (00 34) 91 5385100

Sociedad Española de Cirugía Plástica, Reparadora y Estética:
C. Villanueva 11.
28001 Madrid.
Teléfono: (00 34) 902 409060

Doctors that are members of the Spanish Society of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery (SECPRE) are officially qualified specialist surgeons.

What is reconstructive plastic surgery?

Reconstructive surgery attempts to recreate the form and function of a normal body part after an injury or illness.

¿Qué es la Cirugía Plástica Estética?

La Cirugía Estética modifica la forma de regiones normales del cuerpo para mejorar la apariencia y la autoestima. Procedimientos como el lifting facial, la liposucción o la rinoplastia son frecuentes en cirugía estética.



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