Plastic Surgery FAQ's
What does the term board-certified plastic surgeon mean? What is reconstructive plastic surgery? What is cosmetic plastic surgery? How do I make an appointment? What will happen at my first appointment? Will insurance pay for cosmetic surgery?What does the term board-certified plastic surgeon mean?
Physicians who are trained in plastic surgery and are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, are qualified to perform a full range of plastic and reconstructive procedures. They have completed at least five years of surgical training, including plastic surgery, in an approved residency. He or she must also pass a comprehensive written and a separate oral examination in plastic surgery to become board certified.
What is reconstructive plastic surgery?
Reconstructive plastic surgery can help restore appearance and function for patients who have defects as a result of congenital birth defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma or injury, cancer and tumors, burns, or other diseases. It is generally performed to improve function.
What is cosmetic plastic surgery?
Cosmetic plastic surgery is generally an elective surgery that aims to reshape body structures to improve a person’s appearance and/or self-esteem.
How do I make an appointment?
Please call the doctor of your choice to schedule an initial appointment.
What will happen at my first appointment?
During your initial visit, you’ll meet with the doctor to talk with you about your concerns and goals, discuss what options would be appropriate for your specific situation, and determine if you are a good candidate for the procedures you are considering. We’ll make sure you understand what to expect every step of the way.
By the end of the visit, you’ll have all the information you need to be able to make an informed decision about your procedure.
Will insurance pay for cosmetic surgery?
Insurance often does not cover costs associated with cosmetic plastic surgery, while most reconstructive plastic surgery procedures are covered by your policy. You may call your insurance provider to find out if they will cover a particular procedure.