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What Is The Difference Between Cosmetic And Restorative Surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is usually performed on people with no medical conditions. Its main intention is to enhance your body’s appearance and shape rather than restore. In some instances, the surgery helps treat some conditions that have occurred due to other medical conditions, which are no longer there. Your body shape and image can greatly affect your self-esteem, and many people prefer to undergo cosmetic surgery to increase their self-well-being.

Most people decide to undergo cosmetic surgery because of a facelift to eliminate wrinkles and to look a bit young, flattening the stomach after giving birth or weight loss, a rhinoplasty to lift your nose tip or get rid of a bump, breast augmentation to increase or reduce your breasts’ shape and size.

What Is Restorative Surgery?

Restorative surgery is performed on patients with some conditions since birth or experienced traumatic injuries. It helps to restore normal appearance and function. In addition, the surgery also corrects deformities that occurred as a result of trauma, congenital disabilities, and other medical diseases like cancer. Restorative surgery can reduce your scars’ size, improve skin quality, and replace skin or lost tissue.

The surgery is used to treat breast reconstruction after mastectomy or lumpectomy for breast cancer, palate and cleft lip repair to help children to live a normal life, reconstructive surgery due to burning injuries.

Restorative surgery is medically necessary, and many health insurance plans cover it. On the other hand, cosmetic surgery is not medically necessary, and most health insurance plans do not cover it. However, some surgical operations are considered either cosmetic or restorative based on the patient’s situation. For instance, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), a procedure mainly for cosmetic improvement, could be reconstructive if the eyelids are bending, hindering the patient from seeing clearly.
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