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What’s The Difference Between Reconstructive and Cosmetic Procedures?

We’ve all seen the term plastic surgery in various publications or heard it in media outlets. But what does it mean? Is it restricted to changing facial appearance like portrayed in television dramas? Or is it exclusive procedures affordable to only the rich and famous? And what about cosmetic treatments? Are they the same as plastic and reconstructive surgery?

While there is an overlap between the two, there are also critical distinctions. So, let’s take a deep dive and find out what these are.

Reconstructive Surgery

As the name indicates, this category of procedures addresses problems experienced through trauma, disorders, congenital disabilities, infections, or cancer. It aims to correct the cosmetic and functional impairments that are considered a medical necessity. Because this surgery involves medical correction after trauma or disease, it is covered by most health insurance plans.

Men, women, and children undergo reconstructive surgery for many reasons, including:

The process is considered reconstructive if it addresses a medical condition, restoring function to an injured part of the body, or is necessary to enhance the quality of life.

Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic or aesthetic surgery focuses exclusively on enhancing appearances with the face, breasts, or body. This does not include any medical purpose that is life-threatening or cosmetic issues resulting from trauma or disease or birth defects.

The areas commonly addressed include facial corrections, body sculpting, and breast enhancements. Here are some of the surgical procedures associated with each area:

Cosmetic Facial Surgeries

Body Sculpting

·        Arm Lift

·        Body Lift

·        Halo Lift

·        Liposuction

·        Mommy Makeover

·        Brazilian Butt Lift

·        Post-Bariatric Surgery

·        Thigh Lift

·        Tummy Tuck

·        Vaginal Rejuvenation

Breast Enhancements

Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments

Aesthetic medicine has advanced over the decades and now offers multiple treatments designed to give cosmetic enhancements without sutures, scarring, anesthesia, or extensive recovery. Dr. Scott Faber helps men and women look their best with a selection of treatments that have been time-tested and are safe, effective, and convenient.

These include:

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A big myth associated with plastic surgery and cosmetic enhancement is exorbitant cost. With so many advancements in aesthetic medicine, the cost has become affordable to just about anyone.

To learn which procedure is best suited for your particular reconstructive or cosmetic need, contact board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Scott Farber to schedule a consultation.

Take the next step towards living your best life by calling (561) 503-2700 or book a consultation today!