What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?
Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve the patient's appearance and self-esteem. Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance because it is elective.
Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body, caused by congential defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is generally performed to improve function, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance. Reconstructive surgery is generally covered by most health insurance policies although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly.
How long is the recuperative period and when can I return to work?
The length of time it takes to recuperate after plastic surgery varies depending on the procedure performed and the person operated on. Dr. Gowda will inform you what you should expect from your specific surgery.
Most patients will require assistance for the first two days. Then most patients are able to care for themselves, but may still need assistance if they have small children to care for. The specific lengths of disability are outlined below by procedure. These are approximations, and do not include return to exercise.
Eyelid Surgery - Usually can get around independently by the second day. With the use of sunglasses, may feel comfortable going to the store by day 3-4, and with makeup could return to work by 5-7 days.
Facelift Surgery - Usually can get around independently by the second day. Usually do not feel comfortable going out in public for 5-7 days. Requires 10-14 days before returning to work if in the public eye.
Breast Surgery - Usually can get around independently by the second day. May return to work at 5-7 days if not required to lift more than 15 pounds.
Liposuction-Usually can get around independently by the second day, earlier if smaller number of areas treated. One can return to work and normal activities in 5-7 days.
Abdominoplasty - Patients may take between 2-4 days before getting around independently. The recovery is almost identical to C-section. One can return to a desk job at 5-7 days, other jobs 10-14 days.
When can I resume regular exercise?
The time a patient resumes regular exercises varies based on the operation performed. All patients are encouraged to start a slow walking routine on the second postoperative day. Regular aerobic and more vigorous activities are not allowed during the first 2 weeks in order to decrease the risks of bleeding, swelling, and bruising. Weight lifting and contact sports are allowed at 1 month in most cases.
Dr. Gowda is a board certified in Plastic Surgery and is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons as well as a member of The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery would be happy to discuss your options if you are thinking of any surgical procedure.
What types of Medical Insurance does Dr. Gowda accept?
The Doctor accepts many different insurance plans and companies, please contact the office to see if you are covered under your plan.
Dr. Mune Gowda has been providing quality cosmetic surgery to patients from all around the country and has been featured as one of the Top Doctors in Michigan in HOUR Magazine. Dr. Gowda can help you reach your cosmetic goals, as well as your reconstructive needs. Contact his office to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Mune Gowda M.D. F.A.C.S.
Novi Surgical Center
26850 Providence Parkway
Novi MI 48374
3270 West Big Beaver
Troy, MI 48084