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What Is the Difference Between Restorative and Cosmetic Surgery?

Posted on 12/1/2023 by Mountain State Oral and Facial Surgery
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Most cosmetic surgery patients are usually healthy and want to enhance their appearance. Cosmetic surgery is about making your body look better. It does not fix any medical problem. Sometimes, it can also help with issues from past medical problems. How your body looks can affect how you feel about yourself. Thus, many people choose cosmetic surgery to boost their self-confidence.

Some people also get cosmetic surgery to have a flatter stomach after losing weight or having a baby. When you lose a lot of weight or have a baby, your tummy can get loose and saggy. Cosmetic surgery, known as a tummy tuck, can make it firm and flat again. It lets you look more toned. Cosmetic surgery also helps to remove wrinkles through facelifts. They make someone look younger. Other cosmetic surgeries can change the size of the breasts or adjust the shape of the nose.

What Is Restorative Surgery?

Restorative surgery, on the other hand, helps people who have had severe injuries or conditions from birth. It improves their appearance and how their body works. For example, for those who have lost the use of an arm or leg, restorative surgery helps them regain their function. It also helps with deformities from congenital disabilities, injuries, or illnesses like cancer. This surgery can replace lost skin or tissue, make scars smaller, and make the skin look better.

Many health insurance plans cover restorative surgery because it is needed for medical reasons. Cosmetic surgery, on the other hand, is not medically necessary, so most health insurance companies will not pay for it. But sometimes, surgery can be seen as cosmetic or restorative based on the condition of the patient. For example, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is usually cosmetic, but it could be seen as restorative if it helps a patient with vision problems caused by drooping eyelids.

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Restorative and cosmetic surgeries are some of the procedures we offer in our clinics. Visit us today, and we will give you more information about oral maxillofacial surgeries to clear any of your doubts.

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Ashland, KY 41101

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Beckley, WV 25801

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Hurricane, WV 25526

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Parkersburg, WV 26105

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Princeton,WV 24740

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Vinton, VA 24179

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