Difference Between Reconstructive, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

2008-11-10 00:25

Reconstructive Plastic Surgery is performed to re-shape or reconstitute bodily tissues in order to restore form and function, and make the patient whole again. In many cases, the surgery is covered by insurance and is frequently done in a hospital setting. Cosmetic Plastic Surgery is an elective procedure performed when the patient has a desire to improve his or her appearance, and is not usually covered by insurance. Cosmetic Surgery is commonly performed in the surgeon's office.

Patients can find a plastic surgeon in a variety of ways including referrals from their physician, friends and the internet. However, it is important for the patient to investigate the doctor's credentials, and confirm that he or she is board certified in plastic surgery. A direct way to do this, is to access the website – all board certified physicians in the country are listed on this website.

Following are suggested steps to selecting the right plastic surgeon for you:

* Consult with at least two plastic surgeons and ask them if you are a candidate for the procedure you seek. Be open to the possibility that the plastic surgeon may give you other suggestions.

* Make sure that you have a comfort level with, and like the surgeon you select. It is also important that the surgeon is comfortable with you – a plastic surgeon does not have to take on every patient that comes to consult with him/her.


* Check the surgeons' credentials. Find out what special areas they may board certified in, whether they are on staff at the hospital(s) in their area and whether they are privileged to do the procedure you seek at the hospital(s.)

* Check with the State and Federal medical boards to see whether there are malpractice claims that have been filed against the physician you are considering.

* After your first consultation, schedule a second one, and discuss with the surgeon the potential risks, complications and likely results for the procedure you seek.


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