WHAT IS PLASTIC SURGERY?
Plastic surgery is a surgical subspecialty whose broad purpose
is to minimize both cosmetic and functional deformities which result
from trauma, birth defects, or disfiguring illness. Derived from
the Greek word plastikos, which means to shape or to mold, plastic
surgeons are sculptors of the human form. Because of plastic surgeons'
long and broad training, they are capable of performing a wide variety
of procedures. The requisite five to eight year post-medical school
training period allows most plastic surgeons the ability to perform
much more than just cosmetic surgery. In fact, most plastic surgeons
perform hand surgery, microsurgery, cosmetic surgery and reconstructive
surgery. While each plastic surgeon may have an area of greatest
focus, all board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons share
a common training background.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COSMETIC SURGEON AND A PLASTIC
These two titles are often confused and incorrectly used synonymously.
A plastic surgeon has completed the vigorous route of training from
medical school, to residency and occasionally post residency subspecialization.
The training he/she receives is performed in an accredited facility
or hospital, and is recognized by the American Board of Plastic
Surgery. Once the required training and certification process is
complete, the individual physician is called a Diplomat of the
Board of Plastic Surgery, also known as "Board Certified". All the
physicians of the Washington Plastic Surgery Group, L.L.C. are Board
So called "Cosmetic Surgeons" do not have to perform such training,
and in all honesty, ANYONE, with an M.D. degree, whether or not
he/she has been trained as a plastic surgeon can call him/herself
a "cosmetic surgeon". There is no recognized board of cosmetic surgery
by the American Board of Medical Specialists.
For more information, please contact the American Board of Plastic
Surgery, Inc. at: www.abplsurg.org
WILL INSURANCE COVER PLASTIC SURGERY?
The answer is 'it depends'. Remember, plastic surgery covers a
broad area of medicine which includes both reconstructive procedures
and cosmetic procedures. Most traumatic injuries are covered by
traditional health insurance policies. Surgical treatments and reconstruction
for congenital deformities are usually covered by insurance as well.
Procedures such as: cosmetic surgery, skin rejuvenation, breast
enhancement, and body contouring are not covered by traditional
insurance policies. At this time, we are not participating providers
for HMO's. If you have questions regarding covered surgery with
your health plan, please call our office and our experienced staff
can better answer your questions. Thank you.
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