Plastic surgery is the specialty of medicine dedicated to restoring and reshaping the human body. It is taken from the Greek word “plastikos”, which means to mold or give form. Plastic surgery encompasses both Reconstructive Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery.
The goal of Reconstructive Surgery is different than that of Cosmetic Surgery. Reconstructive Surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body, caused by birth defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma or injury, infection, tumors or disease. There are two basic categories of patients: those who have congenital deformities and those with developmental deformities.
Congenital Deformities – Common Examples
Developmental or Acquired Deformities – Common Examples
Cosmetic Surgery is performed to reshape or restore normal structures of the body to improve appearance and self-esteem. Cosmetic Surgery is usually not covered by health insurance because it is elective and not considered a medical necessity. Some types of cosmetic concerns are
Remember that every case is unique and any questions that you have can best be answered by consulting with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.