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When is plastic surgery advisable and how risky is it?
Plastic surgery helps individuals feel better and live better. For instance, corrective surgery for a cleft lip and palate not only improves self-esteem but also improves speech. Risks are similar to those associated with any surgical intervention. To understand specific risks, talk to your physician about the type of plastic surgery you are considering.
Is plastic surgery covered by insurance?
Restorative or reconstructive plastic surgeries are covered by insurance. For instance, many insurance companies cover abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) following weight-loss surgery. Tightening the abdominal wall and removing excess skin improves overall health and alleviates rashes and fungus infections that can result from skin folds. Federal law guarantees insurance coverage for breast reconstruction of the affected breast and the other breast for women diagnosed with breast cancer. However, cosmetic plastic surgery where you are choosing the surgery only for aesthetic reasons is not covered by most insurance plans.
When should plastic surgery be performed?
If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, ask your doctor or general surgeon for a referral to a plastic surgeon prior to a lumpectomy or mastectomy. There are decisions you may want to make pre-operatively, such as beginning the reconstructive process immediately. But if you are having a tummy tuck following weight-loss surgery, it’s better to wait at least six months or until your weight has stabilized. Schedule an initial consultation with a plastic surgeon to determine the best timing for the procedure you are considering and to get answers to all your questions before you proceed.
How do you choose a plastic surgeon?
Look for recommendations from people you trust, such as your doctor, a family member or friend who has had a procedure or even support group members who may have had similar procedures. Be sure to choose a well-qualified surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (abplsurg.org).
When is cosmetic surgery a good idea?
One of the best ways to decide if it’s right for you is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon. Rejuvenating the body is not just about “pulling things tighter.” Today’s advanced methods take into account how the face and body change with age and how they can be restored as naturally as possible. Some of the cosmetic procedures most requested include body contouring, face-lifts, eyelid lifts, breast enhancements and reductions and tummy tucks.
Dr. Davis Bronson is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is an elected member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. His experience includes a successful private surgical practice for more than 21 years in San Diego as well as 25 years as a volunteer doing free reconstructive surgeries in Mexico for children and teenagers with major birth defects and trauma injuries. Dr. Bronson joined the Sanford Health staff last fall.