Why would a healthy individual ask to be subjected to surgery? The answer is simple: to improve the quality of one's life. How we feel about ourselves and our lives in general is reflected by how we feel about how we look. Today, Americans not only live longer, but live far healthier and more active lives than they did thirty years ago. We expect more out of life and want to participate in all that it offers. We no longer accept a tired and aged look when we feel healthy and full of energy. We no longer are resigned to just “living with” undesirable physical characteristics. Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery is accepted and desired today because it can complement our lives in the same way that exercise and fashion can. It helps us to feel better about ourselves. Our business and professional lives can be enhanced by a youthful and cosmetically pleasing appearance. Each year in the United States, millions of people undergo elective surgery for the sole purpose of improving their appearance. These days, individuals from all socio-economic groups are undergoing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. People view cosmetic and reconstructive surgery as an investment in themselves.
It is important to have realistic expectations regarding cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Surgery can improve one's appearance or correct a physical imperfection, but it will never solve personal problems or create an entirely new face or body. Miraculous transformation is not possible.
The goal of cosmetic surgery is to improve or enhance appearance. Facial harmony and body shape can often be markedly improved and features can be refined. It is important to remember that the surgeon does not start with a blank slate. She uses her expertise to fashion and refine those features that already exist.
Surgical procedures also affect individuals in different ways. Most people should expect some temporary swelling, discoloration and other minor discomforts. One must recognize that surgery is not an exact science. The improvements created on the operating table are subject to the imprecisions of the healing process, the effects of age, health, skin tone, and the individual’s attention to following the post-operative instructions. Before deciding to have surgery, one must take into account all of these factors and realize their motivations, the process, and the benefits.
The fees for cosmetic surgery can be obtained at the consultation. When a procedure is purely cosmetic, then most often insurance will not cover any of the cost. Reconstructive surgery, however, is often reimbursed in part or completely. Procedures that are part cosmetic and part reconstructive will generally have a portion of the cost reimbursed. We will be happy to help you with claim forms.
All cosmetic surgery is paid in advance. A scheduling fee is collected at the time the patient schedules surgery, with the balance due one to two weeks prior to surgery, at the time of the pre-operative physical examination.
When an insurance company is paying part or all of the fee, full payment is still the responsibility of the patient given that the insurance policy is with the patient and not with the surgery center. We will be glad to assist you with the insurance forms.
We provide a number of payment options which may be used individually or combined according to your wishes. When you visit our Lafayette office for your consultation, we can give you more information.
Please feel free to contact our office should you have any further financing questions.
For questions about insurance call our office at 925.283.4012.