What is plastic surgery?
Contrary to its name, plastic surgery does not involve the use of
plastics during surgery. The word plastic is taken from a Greek
word that simply means 'moulding' or 'giving form'.
What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive
Reconstructive surgery- surgery to improve function or minimize
disfigurement that has occurred as a result of an accident, disease
or birth defect.
Aesthetic or cosmetic surgery- designed to improve a person's
appearance by reshaping facial or bodily features
What should I expect during the first visit?
The best and only way to find out if plastic surgery is right for
you, is to consult your Surgeon who will listen to your needs, and
examine you and provide you with educated advice. Your Surgeon can
tell you what you need to know about the procedure you are
interested in, or recommend another to meet your needs and
During your initial visit, the doctor will explain the specific
procedure you want, help you visualize the results and go over the
risks. Although complications are rare, all surgeries, especially
those that involve anaesthesia, carry some risks. Your Surgeon will
outline these for you based on the specific procedure.
What about insurance cover?
Cosmetic surgery is not covered by medical insurance. Many surgeons
feel insurance companies should provide full cover for such a
functional procedure as breast reduction.
What is BMI?
BMI stands for body-mass index. The BMI indicates your body fat
percentage by measuring your height/weight ratio. It takes your
weight in kilograms and divides it by the square of your height in
What's the difference between being obese and being
Whether your overweight or obese depends on your BMI or body fat
percentage. Generally, a person between 25 - 30% body fat is
considered overweight. Someone with a BMI greater than 30% is