Cosmetic vs Reconstructive Surgery
Cosmetic or aesthetic plastic surgery is performed to change body shape or appearance, usually when no medical condition is present. However, sometimes, the surgery treats conditions that have resulted from another medical condition that is no longer an issue. Examples would be changes after massive weight loss, or scarring from abdominal surgery. Most often, insurance companies will consider such conditions cosmetic. Nevertheless, we will work with you and your insurance company to provide coverage if possible.
We are keenly aware of the relationship between body image and self-esteem, with great appreciation that cosmetic surgery is very effective in affecting this relationship in a very positive way. In this light, we provide our services in a very warm, comfortable, and private setting, with most procedures being performed in our private, office surgery suite.
Reconstructive plastic surgery generally involves treatment of conditions that have caused an abnormal change in body shape or appearance. Examples of such conditions treated in our practice include reconstruction after a mastectomy or various cancers of the skin or soft tissues, and reconstruction to correct birth defects or abnormal scars. Also included in reconstructive surgery are conditions that require body changes for appropriate treatment. The best example of this is breast reduction surgery to treat chronic back and neck pain. Insurance companies cover most of these types of procedures. We will work aggressively with you and your insurance company to make sure that you are provided coverage that is due you.