Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery, including both cosmetic and aesthetic treatments, is often excluded from coverage in medical insurance policies. This can be a significant consideration for those looking to enhance their appearance through plastic surgery, as the cost of the procedure may not be covered by insurance. The only exception to this exclusion may be for reconstructive surgery that is necessary to restore function or appearance after a disfiguring accident or as a result of surgery for cancer, if the accident or surgery occurs during your period of coverage.

Plastic surgery has a long history, with early references to the plastic repair of a broken nose dating back to the 1600 BCE Egyptian medical text called the Edwin Smith papyrus. The Romans also performed plastic cosmetic surgery, using simple techniques such as repairing damaged ears, as early as the 1st century BC. However, it is important to note that many researchers and scientists believe that plastic surgery obsession is linked to psychological disorders like body dysmorphic disorder. There is a correlation between those with BDD and the predilection towards cosmetic plastic surgery in order to correct a perceived defect in their appearance.

It is also worth noting that all surgery carries risks. Common complications of cosmetic surgery include hematoma, nerve damage, infection, scarring, implant failure, and organ damage. Breast implants, in particular, can have many complications, including rupture. In a study of his 4761 augmentation mammaplasty patients, Eisenberg reported that overfilling saline breast implants 10-13% significantly reduced the rupture-deflation rate to 1.83% at 8-years post-implantation. In 2011, the FDA stated that one in five patients who received implants for breast augmentation will need them removed within 10 years of implantation.