Frequently Asked Questions About Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Reconstructive surgery is performed on a body part that is abnormal because of birth defects, trauma, developmental difficulties, infection, cancer, or other disease. It is often performed to restore or improve function to the affected body part but may also be done for physical appearance reasons as well.
- The surgeon should be board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This certification means they have graduated from an accredited medical school, have the required training in the specialty or sub-specialty from an accredited residency program, and have passed a rigorous set of comprehensive exams.
- The surgeon should have experience performing the type of procedure that you are seeking and meet continuing medical education requirements.
- The surgeon should operate in a medical facility that is in good standing with all accrediting agencies.
- The surgeon should willingly share examples of his previous work.
When the surgery is being performed to improve physical appearance only, it is usually not a covered service by most insurance plans. If the surgery is more reconstructive in nature, however, and is necessary to improve the function of a body part, it may be covered. Since insurance coverage varies, you will need to check with your own plan for specifics.
The risks depend on what type of procedure you are having, the type of anesthesia being used, and other factors. There are always risks involved with any kind of surgery. Your surgeon will explain all of the potential risks and complications with you prior to surgery.
According to the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the top five aesthetic surgery procedures in the United States during 2016 were:
- Breast augmentation
- Nose reshaping
- Eyelid surgery
- Face Lift