What is Aesthetic Surgery?
Plastic Surgery is a surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and disease. The art and science of Plastic Surgery is also involved with the enhancement of the appearance of a person through such operations as facelift, rhinoplasty, breast augmentation and liposuction.
Aesthetic (Plastic) Surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve the patient’s appearance and self-esteem. Aesthetic 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.
Aesthetic Procedures Offered by Dr. Tumi
- Breast Augmentation / Enhancement
- Breast Mastopexy / Breast Lift
- Breast Lipofilling
- Face Lift
- Neck Lift
- Botox Cosmetic®
- Lip Enhancement
- Brow Lift
- Blepharoplasty (Eye Lids)
- Dermal Filler
- Fat Injection
- Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
- Thigh Lift
- Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)
Aesthetic Surgery – Frequently Asked Question
What is a plastic surgeon?
A plastic surgeon is a surgical specialist who has completed a minimum of 5 years of study and training in Surgery after receiving a medical degree. He or she is thus specifically qualified to practice Reconstructive and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. You may verify that your surgeon is a qualified specialist in Plastic Surgery by contacting the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, in Quebec, the Quebec Association of Specialists in Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery, the Canadian Society for Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Your provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons will also be able to help you. Dr. Tumi is a qualified plastic surgeon.
The techniques employed in Aesthetic Surgery are derived from those used in Reconstructive Surgery. In fact, Aesthetic Surgery is an extension of Reconstructive Surgery. It requires competent surgical skill, a sense of harmony of the body parts and good aesthetic judgement on the part of the surgeon.