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Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Draper is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, one of 24 boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties and an important credential for choosing a plastic surgeon. The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) sets very stringent standards for earning board certification, and plastic surgeons go through rigorous testing and must meet numerous requirements in order to become board certified. In addition, board certification also entails maintaining a commitment to continuing education in order to stay current on the latest plastic surgery trends, procedures and safe practices – ensuring that a board certified plastic surgeon is best able to deliver the highest quality of care. Since 1937, the ABPS has certified 9,499 plastic surgeons who met high standards in training requirements and successfully passed the examinations covering the breadth of Plastic Surgery, with approximately 6,900 actively practicing. Dr. Draper is proud to be an ABPS board certified plastic surgeon and bring this important honor and distinction to her patients.
Deciding if cosmetic plastic surgery is for you is a personal decision, and every procedure is different in terms of what makes a good candidate and what type of results to expect. In general, those in overall good health are considered to be good candidates for plastic surgery. However, the best candidates for plastic surgery are those who:
- Have realistic expectations about what can be accomplished.
- Understand the medical risks, physical effects during healing, how the surgery will affect them personally and professionally, what lifestyle changes may accompany the recovery period, and the expenses involved.
- Have discussed their goals for surgery with their surgeon and resolved any questions.
- Have chronic medical conditions under control.
- Have no history of smoking or commit to abstain from smoking (including secondhand smoke) and nicotine products, including chewing tobacco and nicotine patches, gums or lozenges for 4-6 weeks before and after surgery.
- Have had a stable weight for six months to one year.
The best way to determine if plastic surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss your health, lifestyle and any medical conditions/medications you are taking. At your consultation, Dr. Draper will review your health history and expectations in depth with you, and together you will decide if you are a good candidate for whatever cosmetic plastic surgery you are considering.
Each procedure is different. In general, cosmetic surgery procedures requiring general anesthesia or IV (intravenous) sedation are performed in the hospital under the care of an anesthesiologist/nurse anesthetist team. Others procedures, such as injections of facial fillers, are performed at our office local anesthesia. At your consultation, we will discuss the specifics of your surgery, including anesthesia, and prior to surgery, you will see the surgeon (or a member of your health care team) one more time to answer any remaining questions.
In general, insurance will cover the cost of some procedures if they are considered reconstructive, as opposed to purely cosmetic procedures with the goal of enhancing your appearance. For example, breast reconstruction after a mastectomy is covered, as are some breast reductions, where the health of a patient is impacted as a result of having very large breasts. Other procedures that are covered include certain reconstruction procedures of cosmetic defects following an accident, as well as surgical correction of any cosmetic defect that significantly impacts the function of a body part, such as a severely hooded eyelid that negatively affects a person’s vision.
In addition, while some procedures may not be covered in full by health insurance, there may be partial coverage for any portion of a procedure that is not considered solely cosmetic and is a legitimate medical concern (i.e., correction of a deviated septum as part of a rhinoplasty procedure.)
Since health plans and individual cases vary tremendously, the first step in determining if your procedure may be covered by your health insurance is to speak with our office and your insurance company. We can work with you on any and all details surrounding possible reimbursement from your health insurance company, and let you know next steps and any pre-certification required prior to your procedure.
Yes, we offer financing options through CareCredit. Click here (https://www.carecredit.com/howcarecreditworks/) to learn more about plastic surgery financing options through CareCredit, and call us or talk to us at the office so we can help you set up a financing plan to meet your needs.