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Plastic Surgery Resources for Patients

What is Plastic Surgery?

Plastic surgery is the surgical specialty that deals with the reconstruction of facial and body tissue that requires reshaping or remolding due to disease, defect or disorder. The word “plastic” is derived from the ancient Greek word plastikos, which means “to mold or give form.”

What Types of Procedures does Plastic Surgery Include?

Plastic surgery includes both reconstructive and aesthetic (cosmetic) procedures:

Reconstructive plastic surgery

In general, reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body that may be caused by the following:

  • Trauma
  • Infection
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Congenital (present at birth) abnormalities
  • Disease
  • Tumors

This type of surgery is usually performed to improve function, but may also be performed to approximate a normal appearance.

Cosmetic (aesthetic) plastic surgery

Cosmetic surgery is performed to repair or reshape otherwise normal structures of the body, generally, to improve appearance.

Is Plastic Surgery Right for Me?

To help determine if plastic surgery is the right option for you, it is important to discuss alternatives and know what types of considerations to think about before having surgery. Just like any surgical procedure, cosmetic surgery also has risks and limitations.

If you’re considering any type of plastic surgery, here are some topics you should evaluate and discuss with Dr. Sarkos:

  • Improving Self-Image. Why are you considering plastic surgery? The healthiest motivation for cosmetic surgery is to boost your self-image so that you feel better about yourself; not for someone else.
  • Setting Your Expectations. Are you being reasonable with your expected results? You can anticipate enhancing and improving a particular part of your body, but perfection is not the goal.
  • Cost of Procedure. Can you afford the cosmetic procedure? Cosmetic surgery typically is not covered by health insurance plans. The cost varies depending on the procedure, ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Sometimes there is follow-up care or additional corrective procedures that are needed.
  • Duration of Desired Effect. How long will the results last? Many cosmetic procedures offer results that are not permanent. Depending on your lifestyle and general health, the length of time for which the desired results last can vary. Ask Dr. Sarkos for general guidelines.
  • Risks Involved. Though rare, are you ready to handle unexpected results? There are potential risk factors involving the results and the procedure itself. Dissatisfaction is possible after any type of plastic surgery. Also, as with any surgical procedures, complications are possible, including excessive bleeding or infection at the surgical site.
  • Recovery Time. Is the timing right? Will there be someone to help you both physically and emotionally? Depending on the procedure, you may need time to recover from your cosmetic surgery, which can range from days to weeks or even months. Recovery may include physical impact, as well as other aspects of your personal and professional life.
  • Psychological Effect. How will you adjust to the change in you? It is conceivable that your sense of self-esteem might improve after cosmetic surgery, but cosmetic surgery is not a cure-all. If you have a problem with depression or other mental health conditions, then plastic surgery will not help.

What Are the Financing Options?

Sarkos Plastic Surgery offers CareCredit, which has proven to be a convenient solution for healthcare financing. CareCredit is a credit card that can be used for your health and beauty needs so you can enjoy the benefits of living well today with special health care financing options that you can pay monthly.

Important note: There are some promotional financing options mentioned on the CareCredit website, however not all promotional financing options offered are available for all providers. Please ask Dr. Sarkos and his staff for details.

For more details, visit their website at www.carecredit.com.