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Dr. Sofonio is board certified by the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Becoming a Plastic Surgeon is not all about Glamour and Celebrities

There is a common misconception that a plastic surgeon spends much of his time at parties and networking with celebrities in order to advance in his field. The truth is so far from this that most people in the plastic surgery field, such as Dr Sofonio, would laugh if they had the time! It takes many years to gain a good reputation in any field and that is AFTER you have spent years studying and practicing.

In the first instance, it is a hard slog to reach a prominent position in plastic surgery where you are considered to be among the best and once you have achieved this the last thing you want to be known for is the fact that you spend your time drinking and schmoozing. The reputation of a plastic surgeon such as Dr Sofonio is based on clients who are happy with the results of their procedures and who are willing to recommend you as someone who is competent, pleasant and professional.


The first step to becoming a cosmetic surgeon is getting a bachelor’s degree and graduating from medical school. Your bachelor’s degree should include a variety of science courses to help you pass the Medical College Admission Test. Competition to get into medical school is fierce, so in addition to good grades you should also show that you are well-rounded and have volunteered in related fields.

Residency Training

After graduating from medical school, you will need to spend three years to five years, sometimes up to seven years, in a related residency program. There is no special cosmetic plastic surgeon residency, so you will likely choose between residencies in dermatology, general surgery, oral/maxillofacial surgery and similar fields. After completing your residency, you will spend one to two years in a fellowship specializing in cosmetic plastic surgery.

If we were to talk about celebrities the three main procedures that come to mind are breast augmentation, liposuction and lip augmentation. Tribal peoples worldwide have introduced various materials into and through the upper and lower lips of both genders to enhance beauty and Botox does the same. In the other direction we have liposuction which removes fat and there are now similar procedures available.

The Liposonix treatment uses non-invasive, high-intensity focused ultrasound to get rid of fat around your waistline, arms, thighs, bra fat and knees without surgery. High-intensity ultrasound energy is focused on the targeted fat. Skin is not damaged as targeted fat beneath the skin is permanently destroyed by the ultrasound energy. The body naturally removes the destroyed fat from the treatment area.

Unlike some other fat reduction procedures that often require multiple treatments to see results, with the Liposonix treatment, you can reduce your waistline by an average 2.5 cm, or about one dress or pant size, with a single 1-hour treatment. Results are typically seen in 8 to 12 weeks and these vary with individuals. There is some discomfort during the procedure, some bruising post procedure, but no downtime and life continues as usual as soon as treatment is over.

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