Plastic surgery has become associated with cosmetic surgery but that is not correct.
Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are closely related specialties, but they are not the same.
♦ Plastic surgery is reconstructive surgery.
Reconstructive surgery refers to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and disease.
Reconstructive procedures focus on improving function or normalizing appearance of the patient.
♦ Most insurance companies will cover reconstructive surgery.
However, each insurance company may interpret the meaning of reconstructive differently depending on the specific procedure and situation.