Who is a candidate for plastic surgery?
The best plastic surgery candidate is someone with realistic
expectations and an understanding of the limitations set by medicine,
technology, and each patient's own body. Good candidates have a strong
self-image, and well-developed reason for pursuing a plastic surgery
procedure. They are looking for improvement of a physical trait,
knowing that while this positive change may enhance their self-image,
it will not change people's perception of them. Dangerous motivations
for plastic surgery would be purely doing it to gain popularity,
or attempting to reverse recent life crises.
Is there a "right" age to pursue plastic surgery?
There isn't any overarching rule as to the right age for plastic
surgery. In fact, the appropriateness of a certain procedure
should be determined more on a case by case basis, looking at the
individual's unique body type and aging process. Of course, there
are age tendencies for certain procedures. Facelifts generally are
not performed on patients under 30, as mini-lifts or laser procedures
might be suggested instead, but this is not a rule. Otoplasty, on
the other hand, is appropriate for adults or patients as young as
5 years old.
Is plastic surgery covered by insurance?
When the plastic surgery procedure is being performed for cosmetic
reasons, insurance will not be involved. When the
surgery is necessary for reconstructive purposes, however, it
may be partially or fully covered by insurance. Plastic surgery procedures that may be covered by insurance often include breast reconstructive (after a masectomy), rhinoplasty (for breathing problems), tummy tuck surgery (for gastric bypass patients) and eyelid surgery (to correct vision problems).
What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?
Cosmetic plastic surgery is performed to enhance or change a
healthy, normal, functioning part of the body. Nothing but the
patient's desire for physical improvement necessitates cosmetic
plastic surgery. Reconstructive surgery, however, is intended to
correct a physical abnormality caused by a birth defect, disease
or tumor, physical trauma, or infection. The goal of reconstructive surgery may be to restore function or
to achieve physical normality.
Where is plastic surgery performed?
That can depend on the surgeon. Most plastic surgeons are affiliated
with local hospitals and can arrange operating room times as
needed. Many carry out a similar procedure at surgical centers,
while other surgeons have private surgery suites in their own
office space. You'll find that many plastic surgeons fit
into all or most of these categories, and offer options
to each patient. They would then help you choose your surgery
location based on comfort, safety, scheduling issues, and sometimes
geography issues (which surgery location is closest to home,
How much pain is involved in plastic surgery?
Each plastic surgery procedure carries a different level of discomfort,
and requires different methods of anesthetizing. In most situations,
the patient's preferences for safety and comfort, as well as
personal pain threshold, can help determine what type of anesthesia
will be used. Very minor, non-invasive surgeries might involve
a topical anesthetic, while minor invasive surgeries may call for
local anesthetic or local combined with sedation. In more involved
surgery, general anesthesia is usually used.
Is plastic surgery outpatient or inpatient?
Most plastic surgery procedures are performed on an outpatient
basis. In some cases, usually when the surgery is very extensive
or complications arise, an overnight stay might be required.
Can I finance my plastic surgery procedure?
Sure. Plastic surgery financing is now becoming common place in plastic surgery offices around the country. During your consultation, a member of the office team can explain your financing options with you and let you know how to get in touch with the providers to apply for a loan.
Many banks provide financing for elective procedures as well.