Q. What is the difference between cosmetic and plastic surgery?

A. Cosmetic surgery is a unique discipline of medicine focused on enhancing appearance through surgical and medical techniques. Cosmetic surgery can be performed on all areas of the head, neck and body. Because treated areas function properly but lack aesthetic appeal, cosmetic surgery is elective.

Plastic surgery is defined as a surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and disease. Plastic surgery is intended to correct dysfunctional areas of the body and is reconstructive in nature.

Q. How much does a cosmetic procedure cost?

A. Cosmetic surgery procedure costs vary significantly from one surgeon to another and from one patient to another. Most long-lasting procedures cost several thousand dollars but there are some short-term alternatives that are much less. Be wary of deeply discounted offers. They usually indicate that the procedure is not being done safely or the advertised cost does not include important factors such as anesthesia fees, implants, therapeutic bras, and follow-up care. Cosmetic surgery is a serious medical procedure. From a patient safety standpoint, it should be treated with the same care and concern as any life saving surgical procedure. A consultation with Dr. Maningas is complimentary and allows you to sit down and personally discuss your cosmetic surgery goals, ask any questions, and go over any concerns.

Q. Will insurance cover the cost of my procedure?

A. Insurance rarely covers the cost of elective cosmetic surgery done to improve appearance. Reconstructive surgery may be covered if it will improve your physical function or will correct a problem present from birth (congenital) or caused by an accident. But unless cosmetic surgery is done for medical reasons, you will be responsible for the payment. Currently, we do not take or file insurance for any procedure. We do offer financing options through Care Credit and Alpheon. We accept cash, check or any major credit card.

Q. Am I a good candidate for cosmetic surgery?

A. Individuals in good general health are typically good candidates for cosmetic surgery. It is very important for prospective patients to have realistic expectations for their surgery results. During your consultation with your cosmetic surgeon, it is important to openly discuss your previous medical history, cosmetic surgery goals and any concerns you have so that your surgeon can make an informed and realistic assessment about your candidacy for cosmetic surgery.

Q. Are there any products or behaviors I should limit to prepare for surgery?

A. There are a number of steps you can take to maximize your surgical results, including:

  • Stop taking any non-prescribed supplements (vitamins, minerals and herbal products) seven days prior to surgery.
  • Discontinue smoking at least six weeks prior to surgery to avoid healing problems and serious medical complications following surgery. This is especially important for patients interested in face procedures.
  • Consult with your surgeon if you are taking aspirin or products with anticoagulation properties about when or whether to discontinue them before surgery to minimize the risk of unnecessary bleeding.

Q. How do I prepare for surgery?

A. Preparing for cosmetic surgery procedures such as a rhinoplasty, liposuction, breast augmentation, tummy tuck or a face lift, although fairly easy, is necessary for a successful surgical outcome. The process begins with a surgical consultation in order for you to thoroughly understand what the procedure involves, the course of recovery and the ideal outcome.

Q. Is plastic surgery safe?

A. As with all surgical procedures, there is some level of risk. It is important that you follow all of your doctor’s pre- and post-operative instructions carefully, and thoroughly discuss any and all medical conditions with your doctor prior to your procedure. This way, you’ll be sure you and your cosmetic surgeon are prepared and that your body is appropriately cared for before, during and after surgery.