Since 2012, over 14 million cosmetic plastic surgeries are performed annually in the United States. Choosing to undergo plastic surgery is a life-changing decision and often requires years of consideration. Here are some frequently asked questions prospective patients have about plastic surgery in general.
Is cosmetic plastic surgery safe? All surgeries involve some level of risk, but there are measures you can take to reduce your risks. For starters, make sure the surgeon you select to perform your desired procedure is experienced in that specific surgery, board-certified, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. It’s also important to make sure you follow all of the instructions your surgeon provides to you for pre-operative and post-operative care.
Is plastic surgery covered by insurance? Generally, if a procedure is considered cosmetic, then insurance companies will not cover the procedure. If the procedure is for reconstructive purposes, many insurance companies will cover part or all of the cost. Prior to surgery, contact your insurance provider to find out if your individual procedure will be covered. If you will be paying out of pocket for your procedure, discuss payment options with the practice’s staff.
How should I prepare for surgery? It is recommended to always be in top health before any type of surgery. If you have a head cold, fever, rash, etc., on the day of your surgery, it may need to be postponed. If you smoke, stop smoking at least 6 weeks prior to surgery and stop taking any non-prescribed supplements (vitamins) that may effect healing. Discuss with your plastic surgeon anything you should specifically do to prepare for your unique procedure.
Plastic Surgery in Okatie
If you are interested in learning more about plastic surgery and any of the procedures that we offer, contact Dr. Smith today at Smith Plastic Surgery. We can be reached at 866.705.8940 or 843.705.8940. We look forward to hearing from you.