Plastic surgery encompasses a variety of procedures that enhance and reshape structures of the body to improve appearance, functionality, and confidence. Dr. DiMercurio, 25 year board certified plastic surgeon, is trained in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures. Often a significant amount of overlap exists between the two so let us explain.
Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body, caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is generally performed to improve function, but may also be done to approximate or improve a normal appearance. Reconstructive surgery is generally covered by most health insurance policies although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly depending on the quality of the insurance.
Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body, usually to improve form and appearance. Because it is elective, cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance. However, there are a number of “gray areas” in coverage for plastic surgery that sometimes require special consideration by an insurance carrier. These areas usually involve surgical operations which may be reconstructive or cosmetic, depending on each patient’s situation. For example, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) – a procedure normally performed to achieve cosmetic improvement may be covered if the eyelids are drooping severely and obscuring a patient’s vision.
Remember, plastic surgery is a personal choice and should be done for yourself, not to meet someone else’s expectations or to try to fit an ideal image. Healthy individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations are appropriate candidates for both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. Check out our Breast, Body, and Facial procedure pages to learn more about what Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center can do for you.