People in and around Cleveland, Akron and Canton sometimes become uncomfortable with their appearance as they age. Other times, diet and exercise may fail to provide them with the shape they desire. Still others may experience disfigurement due to birth defects or injury. Plastic surgery can help people struggling with any of these issues find a new outlook on life. Dr. Steven Carp, M.D., F.A.C.S., performs plastic surgery at his clinics, Carp Cosmetic Surgery Center, located in Green and Beachwood, OH.
What Is Plastic Surgery?
Plastic surgery encompasses a group of procedures designed to give a new shape to certain parts of the body, improve the appearance, or increase a person’s self-esteem. Plastic surgery requires an individual to have a healthy psychological attitude as well as realistic expectations of the results and limitations of cosmetic procedures.
Am I an Appropriate Candidate for Plastic Surgery?
Anyone considering plastic surgery must do an honest self-examination. Ask yourself, “What is driving me to want surgery?” “What goals do I want to achieve with my surgery?” and “What do I expect plastic surgery to do for me?”
Candidates for plastic surgery can be divided into two groups. The first group is made up of individuals who have a strong, positive self-image, but who are concerned about a particular physical characteristic and want to change or improve it. Once the surgery is complete, these patients maintain the same positive self-image they have always had.
The next group is composed of individuals who have cosmetic defects or flaws that have minimized their self-esteem over the years. After surgery, these patients gradually adjust to their new appearance, and their self-image grows. Often times, the results are dramatic.
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It is important to note that cosmetic surgery can change the way a person looks physically, thereby increasing self-esteem. Patients who undergo plastic surgery with the goal of changing others’ opinions about them will often end up feeling disappointed. Keep in mind that plastic surgery is not going to dramatically change anyone else but you.
Types of Plastic Surgery Offered at Carp Cosmetic Surgery Center
- Breast Augmentation
- Revision Breast Augmentation
- Breast Implant Removal
- Breast Lift
- Breast Reconstruction
- Breast Reduction
- Arm Lift
- Body Lift
- Lower Body Lift
- Post-Bariatric Surgery
- Mommy Makeover
- Thigh Lift
- Tummy Tuck
- Mini Tummy Tuck
Will My Surgery Be Covered by Insurance?
Reconstructive surgery will typically be covered by the majority of healthcare policies, but there are nonetheless some variations in coverage between plans. Some insurance carriers will cover the entire reconstructive procedure while others may pay for only part of it.
Cosmetic surgery that is not reconstructive in nature is generally not covered by medical insurance. Most health insurance companies consider cosmetic surgery an elective procedure that is not medically necessary. In these instances, financing is offered by Dr. Carp, which allows patients to pay for the procedure on a monthly basis.
In the world of plastic surgery, there are a lot of “gray areas” that will require close examination from an insurance carrier. An example of this is eyelid surgery. This procedure is usually performed as a cosmetic improvement. However, if a patient’s drooping eyelids block his or her vision, it may be considered a medical need. When determining whether or not the procedure will be covered, an insurance company will look at the main reason for your plastic surgery. They will ask if the patient is doing this for aesthetic reasons or to relieve a medical symptom.
What Effect Can Plastic Surgery Have on My Self-Image after Surgery?
Every single person has a perception of the way they think others look at them. This is our self-image. When a person is content with their self-image, they are confident. This confidence is reflected in their work and in the way they interact with others in social settings. They are comfortable with who they are and with their relationships. On the other side of the coin, people who are not content with their self-image are self-conscious and may be socially inhibited.
Plastic surgery, be it cosmetic or reconstructive, is designed to promote a strong positive self-image. Changing something small on the outside can lead to a phenomenal change in the way a person feels inside, allowing his or her self-confidence to grow and flourish.
If you’re unhappy with your appearance, it may be time for you to consider plastic surgery. Residents of Cleveland, Canton and Akron should contact Dr. Steven Carp at his Green or Beachwood, OH clinics to find out more.