Patients sometimes feel confused about the differences between cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery. Plastic surgery is a broad term that encompasses both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. Plastic surgery seeks to maximise both function and appearance of the body.
It is time that you know things about it before you consult Dr Zacharia. Here are the basic things to know about plastic surgeries:
What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries?
Generally, cosmetic surgery is done for the purposes of enhancing appearance. When it comes to insurance, most insurers do not cover this type of surgery unless it is performed for medical purposes.
Reconstructive surgery, on the other hand, aims to correct a congenital defect a patient was born with. It can also be done for patients that acquired injuries from traumas. In most cases, health insurance companies offer partial or full coverage for a reconstructive procedure.
What are common cosmetic surgery procedures?
Plastic surgery is often done to patients who are dissatisfied with some aspect of their looks. Cosmetic surgeries make it possible to improve any part of the body until it meets the standards set by the patients. There are many kinds of cosmetic procedures but the most common ones include:
- Abdominoplasty: this is often called tummy tuck. It seeks to eliminate or reshape excess flabby skin.
- Blepharoplasty: this is often called eyelid surgery. This procedure seeks to reduce the bagginess appearance by adding volume or removing the skin to the eyelids.
- Breast augmentation: this refers to the procedure of increasing the size and fullness of a woman’s breasts.
- Liposuction: this procedure seeks to remove the excess fat from different areas of the body like the abdomen, arms, and legs.
- Rhinoplasty: this procedure involves reshaping the nose.
What are common reconstructive surgery procedures?
You already know that the purpose of reconstructive surgery is to restore function. It can be done to enhance appearance as well. There are many kinds of reconstructive procedures but the most common ones include:
- Facial reconstruction: this describes procedures that can help restore the patient’s facial factors and correct defects.
- Cleft lip and palate repair: cleft lip and cleft palate are some of the most common birth defects in the world. This surgery seeks to correct this abnormal development.
- Hand or foot surgery: this type of surgery can improve the conditions that impair the hand or foot. Basically, it treats diseases that can impair strength and cause pain.
- Breast reconstruction: this procedure is completed for a woman that endured mastectomy or someone who needs a breast reduction to avoid chronic medical problems.
- Wound care and closing: this procedure will work for deep and complex wounds. These wounds often require reconstructive ladder closing that may involve skin grafts and tissue expansion.
After the consultation and you have made your decision, the surgeon will create a plan of action that you should follow. Careful planning will definitely improve your surgical experience. Before the surgery, you have to ensure that you understand every step involved in the process so you will know what to expect.