Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body caused by birth defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumours or disease. It is generally performed to improve function and appearance. Reconstructive surgery is covered by Medicare and most health insurance policies, although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly.
Cosmetic plastic surgery includes surgical and non-surgical procedures that reshape normal structures of the body to improve appearance. Healthy individuals with realistic expectations are appropriate candidates for cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic surgery is a personal choice and should be done for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit an ideal image. Cosmetic surgery is not covered by Medicare or health insurance.