Frequently Asked Questions
- Why do they call it “plastic surgery”? Isn’t it because you actually put plastic in there during surgery?
- What’s the difference between “plastic” surgery and “reconstructive” surgery?
- Is Dr. Eades board certified?
- Will insurance cover my surgery?
- Will my breast implants need to be replaced every ten years?
- Does Dr. Eades perform surgery in his office?
Why do they call it “plastic surgery”? Is it because you actually put plastic in there during surgery?
While certain plastic materials (silicone breast implants, for example) are sometimes inserted into the body during the course of some procedures, the word “plastic” as used in “plastic surgery” is actually based on the original meaning of the word as derived from the Greek word “plastikos” meaning “to mold or shape”. Plastic Surgery, therefore, concerns the reconstructive repair of deformities and/or the restoration of normal function as well as the cosmetic enhancement of otherwise normal body features and shapes.
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What’s the difference between “plastic” surgery and “reconstructive” surgery?
I like to think of “plastic” surgery as the umbrella word that covers everything we plastic surgeons do; “reconstructive” plastic surgery is the work done to restore normal appearance and function and “cosmetic” plastic surgery is work that is done to enhance normal appearance.
Is Dr. Eades board certified?
Yes, Dr. Eades is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
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Will insurance cover my surgery?
As a rule, medical insurance policies do not cover cosmetic surgery procedures. In addition, they vary greatly in their coverage of reconstructive surgery procedures. My office staff has considerable experience working with insurance companies and after your initial consultation we will check with your insurance to determine if the intended reconstructive surgery is a covered benefit or not.
Will my breast implants need to be replaced every ten years?
It is not necessary to replace any breast implant unless a reason for re-operation arises. However, you should not expect a breast augmentation to last a lifetime without the need for any further surgery on your breasts. At some point in the future you may wish to have the implants exchanged for larger or smaller ones, or for a different style; you may decide to get a lift or even have them removed. If an implant breaks or if severe capsular contracture occurs (producing hard breasts) then the implants will need to be replaced. If you undergo breast augmentation and if you wish to keep your breasts looking their best over the many years to come, you may very well need additional surgery on your breasts at some point in the future.
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Does Dr. Eades perform surgery in his office?
Dr. Eades performs minor procedures requiring nothing more than local anesthesia in his office. Cosmetic procedures and some reconstructive cases requiring either sedation or general anesthesia are performed at Camp Lowell Surgery Center, a fully certified and superbly staffed free standing outpatient surgery center located near Camp Lowell and Swan. Anesthesia at Camp Lowell Surgery Center is administered by fully trained M.D. anesthesiologists. Major reconstructive procedures, especially those requiring post-operative hospitalization, are performed at Tucson Medical Center where Dr. Eades has been on staff for almost twenty years.