Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA
As you age, you might start to feel uncomfortable with your appearance. Even if you eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly, your appearance may begin to change. If you are looking for a new outlook on life, plastic surgery might be the answer for you. Dr. Frederick T. Work, Jr. and his professional staff at the Atlanta Center for Breast and Aesthetic Surgery have a wide range of procedures to help men and women in the Buckhead, Vinings, and Sandy Springs area correct and improve their appearance via plastic surgery.
What is Plastic Surgery?
Plastic surgery is a term that refers to a number of procedures designed to reshape your body, improve your appearance and boost your self-esteem. Successful plastic surgery requires a healthy attitude and realistic expectations about what can be accomplished.
Why Choose Plastic Surgery?
No one should take the decision to undergo plastic surgery lightly. Every person has a different reason for wanting to undergo plastic surgery, which is why each individual must carefully weigh the pros and cons of elective plastic surgery before making a decision. People choose plastic surgery for many reasons, including:
- To improve and restore a more youthful appearance.
- To correct problems resulting from an accident or a birth defect.
- To tone and reshape problem areas that have not responded to exercise and diet.
Plastic Surgery Procedures Offered
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Implant Removal
- Breast Lift
- Breast Reconstruction
- Breast Reduction
- Arm Lift
- Body Lift
- Brazilian Butt Lift
- Mommy Makeover
- Vaginal Rejuvenation
- Thigh Lift
- Tummy Tuck
- Mini Tummy Tuck
What is the Difference Between Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery?
Cosmetic surgery is a subset of plastic surgery. People choose cosmetic surgery to reshape and change the structure of their body to improve their self-esteem and appearance. Since most cosmetic surgeries are considered elective, health insurance companies rarely provide coverage for the costs involved.
Reconstructive surgery is a form of plastic surgery designed to correct problems and abnormal conditions that arise from injuries, trauma, tumors, infections, diseases and congenital or developmental defects. Most reconstructive surgeries are designed to give a person a normal appearance, but can also be used to improve or restore the function of abnormal structures. Most health insurance policies provide coverage for reconstructive surgery, but the levels of coverage and specific procedures allowed vary greatly between policies.
Insurance companies often do not draw a firm line between which procedures are considered cosmetic and which are considered reconstructive. For example, a person may undergo eyelid surgery, a procedure designed to improve a person’s face. An insurance policy may provide coverage for this procedure if the individual’s eyelids are considered abnormal, causing vision difficulties, but may not provide coverage for an elective procedure performed simply to enhance the individual’s appearance.
How Should I Prepare for Plastic Surgery?
To remain healthy prior to, during and following the procedure, it is recommended that you:
- Do not smoke, as it will significantly hinder your body’s ability to heal. Do not smoke, use nicotine patches or gum, or vape e-cigarettes in the four weeks before your surgery. It is also vital to avoid spending time in closed spaces with other people who are smoking.
- Maintain good health. In the weeks before your surgery, do your best to avoid contracting a cold or other minor illness. If you do get sick, your surgery may be postponed. If you feel yourself coming down with an illness, take corrective action immediately. Always call the practice if you become seriously ill or undergo any significant changes in your general health.
- Stay active. Before your surgery is not the time to engage in strenuous exercises or new sports, but it is essential that you continue to stay active. We recommend that you take a long walk every day and follow up your surgery with a regular exercise routine featuring low-impact strength training.
- Eat a balanced diet. Maintaining your health is important, so avoid excessive alcohol intake, over-indulging in foods or starting a weight loss diet. Continue to maintain a balanced diet. Contact the practice if you begin to take supplements.
Will Health Insurance Cover My Surgery?
Most health insurance policies do not provide coverage for elective plastic surgery, as they consider these procedures not medically necessary. Consult with your healthcare insurance provider for more details, but generally speaking, most policies do provide coverage for reconstructive plastic surgery. Some policies offer partial coverage for specified procedures.
Remember, there are few hard lines dividing which plastic surgeries are considered elective and which are considered medically necessary. If your eyelids are drooping to a point that your vision is impaired, this is more likely to be considered surgery that is medically necessary rather than a surgery designed to improve someone’s looks.
If your health insurance provider provides only partial coverage or does not provide any coverage for your plastic surgery, we have a wide variety of flexible payment options. Clients can pay by cash, check, major credit card or take advantage of financing via CareCredit® or Prosper® Healthcare Lending.
To learn more about the plastic surgery procedures offered by Dr. Work, please contact the Atlanta Center for Breast and Aesthetic Surgery. We serve men and women who live in and around Buckhead, Vinings, and Sandy Springs.