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Plastic Surgery FAQs

Why the “plastic” in plastic surgery? We have provided some of the most Frequently Asked Questions regarding plastic surgery in addition to most commonly asked question. If there is something that you are curious about that you cannot find here, please don’t hesitate to call our friendly staff and ask them. We would be glad to explain any questions you might have regarding plastic or cosmetic surgery.

Why the “plastic” in plastic surgery?

The word “plastic” comes from the Greek word plastikos, meaning “to mold or shape.” Many of the first plastic surgeries were developed to close a difficult wound or replace tissue lost due to injury or cancer. These procedures often involved the formation of a skin flap to reshape or mold the defect so as to approximate the original shape.

What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve the patient’s appearance and self-esteem. Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance because it is elective.

Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body, caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is generally performed to improve function, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance. Reconstructive surgery is generally covered by most health insurance policies although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly.

There are a number of “gray areas” in coverage for plastic surgery that sometimes require special consideration by an insurance carrier. These areas usually involved surgical operations which may be reconstructive or cosmetic, depending on each patient’s situation. For example, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) – a procedure normally performed to achieve cosmetic improvement may be covered if the eyelids are drooping severely and obscuring a patient’s vision.

Will I be able to tolerate the pain post-operatively?

Each patient will tolerate pain post-operatively in a different way, and we consider this. While some patients may describe the pain as an ache, others experience greater discomfort. Appropriate pain medications are prescribed for the post-operative patients, and these help minimize discomfort. Most facial cosmetic operations have minimal discomfort post- operatively. Liposuction is slightly more uncomfortable, and operations that require elevation or tightening of the muscles-such as an abdominoplasty or breast augmentation have discomfort equal to that of a C-section.

How long is the recuperative period and when can I return to work?

The length of time it takes to recuperate after plastic surgery varies depending on the procedure performed and the person operated on. Most patients will require assistance for the first two days. Then most patients are able to care for themselves, but may still need assistance if they have small children to care for.

When can I resume regular exercise?

The time a patient resumes regular exercises varies based on the operation performed. All patients are encouraged to start a slow walking routine on the second postoperative day. Regular aerobic and more vigorous activities are not allowed during the first 2 weeks in order to decrease the risks of bleeding, swelling, and bruising. Weight lifting and contact sports are allowed at 1 month in most cases.

Financing FAQs

Financing for Your Cosmetic Procedures

Our aesthetic and plastic surgery treatments can renew your appearance as well as your self-confidence. Dr. John Roussalis completely understands the need for many patients to be able to bring the cost of procedures into their budget. With this in mind, we work with Care Credit which can help qualified patients pay for their treatment in low monthly installments.

CareCredit® is one of the most widely-used healthcare finance companies in America and offers a variety of financing plans that can help you meet your needs. With CareCredit®, it’s possible for you to finance plastic surgery costs up to $25,000 with very low payments and low interest plans.

CareCredit® offers no-interest payment options, as well as extended plans. There are no up-front costs, no annual fees, and no pre-payment penalties. Once you apply, the response is almost immediate. Once approved, CareCredit® allows patients an affordable way to obtain cosmetic enhancement treatment that can help them reach their goals.

Care Credit Financing

Enjoy your results now and pay later with convenient payment plans available through CareCredit! www.carecredit.com

CareCredit cosmetic plastic surgery financing affords patients the ability to have their procedure and pay over time. There are a number of different payment options available, some plans even offer a 0% promotional period! Apply before your visit with Dr. Roussalis to allow yourself to get an idea of what your realistic surgical budget will be.

What Is CareCredit?

CareCredit is a personal line of credit for healthcare treatments and procedures for your entire family, including your pets. It works like a credit card but it has two advantages. It can only be used for healthcare services and you can get No Interest* financing every time you use it. Simply pay your minimum monthly payment and pay off the entire balance by the end of your promotional period and you pay No Interest. You can get a No Interest* payment plan if paid in full within 6, 12, or 18 months on purchases with your CareCredit card. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the promotional balance, including optional charges, is not paid in full within your promotional period or if you make a late payment. Minimum monthly payments are required.

Where Can I Use CareCredit?

Your CareCredit card can be used at over 125,000 participating healthcare practices nationwide for services including LASIK, Veterinary, Dentistry, Cosmetic Treatments, Cosmetic Surgery, Hearing Care and more. Once you have CareCredit you can use it over and over without reapplying for you, your family, and even your pets!

How is CareCredit different from my Visa or MasterCard?

Save your consumer credit cards for household or unplanned expenses! Unlike your Visa or MasterCard, CareCredit is exclusive for healthcare services and you can get No Interest* financing every time you use it. If you need more time to pay for your procedure, you can take advantage of our extended payment plans with low, fixed interest rates.

I’m not sure I want another credit card. Why do I want CareCredit?

CareCredit is designed specifically for your healthcare needs and wants, but once you’ve applied you can use it repeatedly for anyone in the family including your pets. Because it is not meant for all consumer purchases you can manage your out-of-pocket medical costs more efficiently while enjoying No Interest* financing (for at least 6 months and perhaps more depending on plan) each time you use it. In addition there are no up-front costs, no pre-payment penalties, and no annual fees.

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