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What is the difference between cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is performed on healthy patients who are looking to improve or enhance a body part they are unhappy with, such as the breasts, face, abdominal region, or even a combination of areas after massive weight loss, for example.

Reconstructive surgery, on the other hand, is performed to correct a physical abnormality—whether caused by a birth defect, cancer, trauma, or infection—that creates a problem in function and/or form. Reconstructive surgery is generally referred by a patient’s primary care physician.

Does Dr. Reilly perform both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?

Yes. With extensive training and experience in both general and plastic surgery, Dr. Reilly understands the various psychological factors behind a patient’s desire for plastic surgery. In the case of cosmetic surgery, for many patients, the choice to undergo any particular procedure is the result of much thought and consideration—often a year’s worth or more. Because of the intimately private nature of plastic surgery, it is common for people to not want to share the fact that they are considering it, even among friends and family, and this burden can be heavy. Dr. Reilly is sympathetic to these concerns and works closely with each patient to ease any worries with the utmost compassion and care.

What types of plastic surgery are covered by insurance?

Cosmetic surgery, such as breast augmentations or facelifts, for example, is not covered by insurance, as these are considered elective procedures. For reconstructive surgery, insurance will frequently cover at least part of the cost. Among the reconstructive procedures insurance will usually cover are breast reductions, if the breasts are causing significant problems like neck or back pain, skin infections, or shoulder notching, rhinoplasty (also known as a nose job) to correct breathing problems, and eyelid surgery to correct vision problems.

Is financing available for plastic surgery?

Yes! While we do not offer in-house financing to our patients, there are a number of plastic surgery financing companies that will offer a monthly cost calculator, as well as an immediate decision on your ability to obtain a loan to cover part or all of the costs associated with your choice of procedure.

We use CareCredit.com. Visit their website or contact them directly for more information about their loan process.

Am I too young/too old for plastic surgery?

While there is no specific “right age” for plastic surgery, there are some procedures that are more appropriate at various stages of life because certain features mature at different times. Otoplasty (ear tuck), for example, can often be performed on children as young as age 7, since the ears are typically stable by age 4, and facelifts can be performed on healthy patients well in their 70s.

More important than the actual age is the patient’s physical—and mental—maturity, as well as overall health. Breast augmentation for a girl in her teens may not be appropriate as the girl’s body is still developing and the breasts may not be mature until age 20. In fact, written parental consent is required for any patient under the age of 18 who is seeking cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Reilly and his staff are very intimate with, and sensitive to, the physical and psychological factors behind the decision to undergo plastic surgery. Everyone’s body, everyone’s case, is different. Don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation to learn how Dr. Reilly can help you look your best, feel your best, and be your best.

Where are the procedures performed?

Dr. Reilly makes no exceptions when it comes to patient safety, and thus chooses to perform procedures at local hospitals rather than an office surgery suite. Procedures are performed at the following locations:

·      Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
·      Milford Hospital, Milford, CT
·      Yale New Haven Hospital, St. Raphael Campus
·      Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, CT
·      Griffin Hospital, Derby CT
·      Temple Medical Center, New Haven, CT
·      Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, CT

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about how cosmetic and reconstructive procedures can help you look and feel your best, call 203.924.2900 today. Our locations in New Haven, Shelton, and Norwalk are easily accessible from Woodbridge, Hartford, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Southport regions, and beyond.


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