Is plastic surgery outpatient or inpatient?

Most plastic surgery procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. In some cases, usually when surgery is very extensive or complications arise, an overnight stay may be required.

How much pain is involved in plastic surgery?

Each plastic surgery procedure carries a different level of discomfort and requires different methods of anaesthetizing. In most situations, the patient’s preferences for safety and comfort, as well as personal pain threshold can help determine what type of anaesthesia will be used.

Where is plastic surgery performed?

The location will depend on the surgeon, and the procedure being performed. All the details of your procedure will be scheduled and discussed with you well before the procedure date.

What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is performed to enhance or change a healthy, normal, functioning part of the body. Nothing but the patient’s desire for physical improvement necessitates cosmetic procedures.

Reconstructive surgery is intended to correct a physical abnormality that may stem from a variety of causes. The goal of reconstructive surgery may be to restore function or to achieve physical normality. Reconstructive surgery begins with a referral for a procedure that appears to be medically necessitated.

Is plastic surgery covered by insurance?

Cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance, however reconstructive procedures may be partially or fully covered by insurance or Medicare. Once a referral is sent, patients will have a consultation to discover whether the treatment for their presenting issue is medically necessitated. If it is, the procedure will be covered by Medicare.

Is there a cost for an initial consultation?

If a patient has a referral from a doctor, the consultation is covered by Medicare, although this does not necessarily mean that the procedure will also be covered.

A consultation fee applies to patients who wish to schedule a consultation without a referral from a doctor.

Is there a “right” age to pursue plastic surgery?

There is no overarching rule indicating the right age for plastic surgery. Appropriateness is determined on a case by case basis, looking at the specific procedure, reason for procedure, and and the individual’s unique body type.

Facelifts, for example, are not recommended before 30 years of age, where otoplasty may be appropriate for patients as young as 5 years old.

Who is a candidate for plastic surgery?

The best plastic surgery candidate is someone with a realistic expectation and understanding of the limitations set by medicine, technology, and their own body.

Good candidates have a strong self-image and a well-developed reason for pursuing a plastic surgery procedure. They are looking for improvement of a physical trait, knowing that while this positive change may enhance their self-image, it will not change others’ perceptions of them.

Dangerous motivations for plastic surgery include: to gain popularity or an attempt to reverse a recent life crisis.