Similar to other residents of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and South Florida, you may feel more uncomfortable with the way you look as you get older. Perhaps you are unable to achieve the shape that you desire with diet and exercise. Other common cosmetic problems that we see amongst the residents of South Florida are birth defects or injuries. Adam J. Rubinstein, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a board-certified Miami plastic surgeon who performs plastic surgery for all of these cosmetic concerns at his Aventura practice.
What Is Plastic Surgery?
A wide range of procedures falls under the umbrella of plastic surgery. The procedures give new shape to certain areas of the body, increase patients’ self-esteem and improve their appearances. Individuals who wish to have plastic surgery must have a healthy attitude and realistic expectations for the limitations and results of the procedures.
Am I the Right Candidate for Plastic Surgery?
If you are considering plastic surgery, we recommend that you ask yourself the following questions:
What do I expect plastic surgery to do for me?
What goals do I want to achieve with my surgery?
What is the motivation behind my desire for plastic surgery?
In general, plastic surgery candidates can be divided into two categories. The first category is for individuals who have a strong and positive self-image but are worried about a specific aspect of their bodies that they want to change or improve. Following plastic surgery, these candidates maintain the same self-image that they had before the surgery. The second category is for individuals who have aesthetic flaws or defects that have reduced their self-esteem and self-image for years. After undergoing surgery, they gradually adjust to their new looks, and their self-esteem begins to improve. The results are usually dramatic. As a potential plastic surgery patient, we encourage you to carefully consider that cosmetic surgery changes how you look physically and increases your self-esteem. You will be disappointed if you undergo plastic surgery with the intention of changing the opinions of others. The procedures cannot change how people see you, but rather how you see yourself.
Browse our Before and After Pictures to see some of the results of plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments by Dr. Rubinstein.
Will Insurance Cover My Surgery?
The majority of health insurance policies pay for reconstructive surgery, but every plan is different and varies in coverage. Some insurers will cover all of the reconstructive procedure costs, whereas others will only pay a portion and leave the patient to pay the balance. Non-reconstructive plastic surgery is not usually covered by health insurance. Most companies categorize plastic surgery as an elective procedure that is not medically necessary. Dr. Rubinstein offers financing options in these cases so that his patients can make affordable monthly payments for their treatments. In some cases, insurance companies must review the details of the surgery to determine coverage. For example, eyelid surgery is typically considered a cosmetic improvement that is not medically necessary. When drooping eyelids block a patient’s vision, the surgery may be considered medically necessary. The insurance carrier will assess the primary purpose of the procedure to determine if the surgery is covered. The assessment includes determining if the surgery is alleviating a medical symptom or only being performed for cosmetic reasons. If Dr. Rubinstein deems the surgery medically necessary, we work closely with your insurance to ensure proper medical coding for insurance coverage.
How Could Plastic Surgery Impact My Self-Image Following Surgery?
Each person has a self-image, and you have more confidence when you have a positive self-image. The way you see yourself affects you professionally and socially, and you are more comfortable in your relationships. People who are not content with their self-image, though, feel self-conscious and perhaps socially awkward. Whether someone gets plastic surgery for reconstructive or aesthetic reasons, the procedures are designed to foster a strong and positive self-image. A significant change in how the individual feels inside can result from making a small change on the outside, allowing the individual’s self-confidence to flourish and grow. If you are not satisfied with how you look, you may consider getting plastic surgery. To find out more, contact Dr. Rubinstein at his Aventura practice if you live in Miami, Fort Lauderdale or South Florida.
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