Both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery are types of plastic surgery.

You may be told that plastic surgery is only reconstructive - don't be fooled - plastic surgery encompasses reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. Reconstructive surgeries were done first and are still the foundation for many cosmetic procedures. Today, reconstructive procedures are best done by a surgeon with a strong focus on them, rather than just on cosmetic surgery.

Reconstructive Surgery has been performed since at least the 1500s. It is performed on structures of the body made abnormal by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. Its goal is generally to improve function, but it may also be done to approximate a normal appearance.

Health insurance generally covers reconstructive surgery, although coverage for specific procedures and the level of coverage vary greatly. Some plastic surgery procedures are in a "gray area" of insurance coverage that requires special consideration. Such operations may be reconstructive or cosmetic, depending on the patient. For example, eyelid surgery -- typically a cosmetic procedure -- may be covered if the eyelids droop severely enough to obscure a patient's vision. For an introduction to insurance coverage, visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons web site.

The cost of your procedure may include several components and may be influenced by many variables. Legacy Plastic Surgeons' fee is based on low Akron-area costs, high levels of expertise and the time and effort required by the procedure you select.

Depending on your procedure, there may be costs for an anesthesiologist, an operating room, lab work, a hospital or surgical center stay and an implanted device.

We can give you complete typical costs for your procedure. If you have any questions at all, just ask us.