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Does Insurance cover Cosmetic Surgery?

Many board certified plastic surgeons provide the finest in aesthetic plastic surgery at affordable prices. Many also participate with most insurance plans within the United States. Plastic surgery covers a broad area of medicine, which includes both reconstructive procedures and cosmetic procedures. Reconstructive plastic surgery, such as trauma, broken nose, scars, skin cancer, septoplasty, congenital deformity, are typical areas where health insurance applies. Secondary or revision cosmetic surgery may also be covered. If your procedure is medically indicated, some portion of the cost may be covered. Most plastic surgery offices accept insurance in applicable cases and will, if you wish, … Continue reading »

Fat Injection: Where can I get Fat Injected?

Many places in the face. Fat transfer or fat injections in the face is a popular cosmetic treatment for facial enhancement and rejuvenation. Fat is a natural and soft injectable filler that has potential for long term aesthetic results. Fat transfer is commonly performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation. Most patients have swelling and bruising after the procedure, which lasts a few weeks. The most common area treated is the cheek and midface areas for volume enhancement. The cheeks droop and become hollow with aging, as our natural fat atrophies and tissue sags. Most patients are happy with fat … Continue reading »

Septoplasty: Is it a Cosmetic Procedure?

No. Deviated septum surgery is a very common operation, as more than 80% of people have deviated septums. A deviated septum is a medical condition, which may cause nasal obstruction, congestion, snoring, allergy symptoms, or post nasal drip. Septoplasty, surgery on the septum, is an outpatient procedure that helps corrects the deviation. Septoplasty is not cosmetic, and is usually covered by insurance plans. For a majority of patients, septoplasty will not alter or change the external appearance of the nose. No nasal cast needs to be applied after routine septal surgery. Rhinoplasty, surgery on the external nose, will alter the … Continue reading »

Rhinoplasty: Can I Avoid Surgery with Botox Cosmetic?

Botox is applied via a small needle to help relax muscles of the face. It is a quick, safe procedure in the office. Cosmetic results are temporary, only lasting a few months. Big smiles may pull the tip of the nose down, causing a droop. If the tip of your nose bothers you only when you smile, then yes Botox Cosmetic is a possible alternative to rhinoplasty surgery. A single injection of Botox would be given to help relax the nasal muscles which affect the nose appearance. However, Botox will not help with cartilage or bone reshaping. Excess or deviated … Continue reading »

Face Lift: When is it Too Young for Plastic Surgery?

Plastic surgery is becoming increasingly popular. No longer hidden from the public, everyone is looking at cosmetic surgery for self-improvement. Patients are also getting younger and younger. Some young patients are considering face lift surgery. Most patients in their 30’s are too young for any face lift surgery, including mini lift, s lift, short scar lift, and thread lift. Plastic surgery is usually reserved for more advanced skin aging, even including these minimally invasive face lift procedures. Most plastic surgeons consider face lift surgery starting in the late 30’s or early 40’s for both men and women. More appropriate, if … Continue reading »

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