Cosmetic surgery is performed by licensed plastic surgeons. If you want to get rid of lines and wrinkles on the face, remove fat from your body, or lift saggy breasts, the procedure is deemed cosmetic. Plastic surgery, on the other hand, is performed if someone has been in a serious accident and needs to have reconstructive surgery to their face, or perhaps children who are born with a cleft lip, or other deformity.
Surgery to enhance one's looks are on the rise, especially among teens. Teens that are unhappy with their body, or have a low self-esteem due to small breasts, may opt for breast augmentation, which also falls under this category.
Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery is also considered cosmetic surgery, and is also on the rise in teens as well. Women who seek the removal of spider veins will undergo this type of surgery. Anything that will redefine one’s face or remove that which is seen as a problem can be listed under this category.
As far as insurance companies are concerned, there is a fine line in distinguishing the two that allows for coverage for the procedure. This solely depends on what your particular insurance company considers necessary surgery. For example, surgery for cosmetic purposes may be covered if one’s eyelids are impairing one’s vision. On the other hand, it is doubtful that facelifts would be covered.
In either case, more and more people are electing to have surgery especially since technological advances have been made in this area. Is it always safe? That depends on the procedure. Recent events indicate otherwise. It is a wise choice to research plastic surgeons in order to find the best qualified, board certified doctor in your area.