Individuals in good general health are typically good candidates for cosmetic surgery. It is very important for prospective patients to have realistic expectations for their surgery results. During your consultation with your plastic surgeon, it is important to openly discuss your previous medical history, plastic surgery goals and any concerns you have so that your surgeon can make an informed and realistic assessment about your candidacy for cosmetic surgery.
As with all surgical procedures, there is some level of risk. In addition, it is important that you follow all of your doctor’s pre- and post-operative instructions carefully, and thoroughly discuss any and all medical conditions with your doctor prior to your procedure. This way, you’ll be sure you and your plastic surgeon are prepared and that your body is appropriately cared for before, during and after surgery.
Reconstructive surgery is covered by most health insurance policies, although the specifics of coverage may vary greatly. Some carriers may fully cover reconstructive procedures, others may pay only a portion of the cost. For cosmetic surgeries, insurance is usually not involved. Your surgeon can help you determine if, and to what extent, insurance will be able to help. Insurance does not generally cover surgery that is purely for cosmetic reasons. Check with your insurance carrier to determine their policies regarding payment for a particular procedure.
Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve appearance and self-esteem. Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance because it is elective.
Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. In general, reconstructive surgery is performed to improve function, but may also be completed to approximate a normal appearance.
Reconstructive surgery is typically covered by most health insurance policies, although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly.
Cosmetic surgery is not covered by insurance, and payment in full is required in advance. Costs include the surgeon’s fee and fees for the surgical facility and anesthesia. Other possible costs are the preoperative physical and blood work, medications, surgical garments, and private-duty nursing. While it is tempting to “bargain shop”, or compromise, the training and experience of your surgeon are the most important factors in the success of your surgery. We currently do not offer payment plans.
Combinations of procedures require additional time in the operating room, increased exposure to anesthesia, and increased chance of complications. This being said, combinations are performed, most commonly for body contouring patients. However, safety is the most important issue, and will dictate all decisions regarding combinations of procedures to be performed. Your health status and the specific procedures that are being considered will all be evaluated to arrive at the safest surgical plan that accomplishes your goals. This may take the form of a surgical plan that has two or more surgical stages, often separated by several months.
Check with your insurance company to determine their policy regarding the procedure you are interested in. Print out and complete the registration form. Bringing this completed form in will greatly reduce your wait time once you arrive (NOTE: this only needs to be completed if you have not already done so in our office.) Write down all of your questions so that you are able to get all of the information you will need to make an informed decision.
Map out your trip to our office to ensure prompt arrival. The office has a strict 15-minute late policy and you will be rescheduled if you are late and have not called to inform us.