All non-cosmetic procedures, or reconstructive surgery procedures, share a common goal: to improve the function, health, or appearance of the body by addressing the effects of an injury, illness, or congenital (present at birth) condition. Sometimes, a reconstructive procedure can result in aesthetic enhancement as well, but unlike cosmetic plastic surgery, that is not its primary objective. At Redmon Plastic Surgery in Tampa, Florida, board-certified plastic surgeon Henry A. Redmon, M.D. performs a full range of both reconstructive and cosmetic procedures to help his patients meet their needs and goals.
One key difference between cosmetic and non-cosmetic procedures relates to medical necessity and health insurance coverage. Because non-cosmetic procedures are usually non-elective and medically necessary, they are generally covered by most health insurance plans. On the other hand, cosmetic surgery is considered to be elective in most cases, so these procedures are usually self-paid. With that said, there is also a “gray” area. The determining factor that most insurers consider when making payment decisions is not the type of procedure itself, but rather the reason for which it is recommended.