Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery is a unique discipline of medicine focused on enhancing appearance through surgical and medical techniques. Cosmetic surgery can be performed on all areas of the head, neck and body. Because treated areas function properly but lack aesthetic appeal, cosmetic surgery is elective. Plastic surgery is defined as a surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and disease. Plastic surgery is intended to correct dysfunctional areas of the body and is reconstructive in nature.

Insurance providers generally cover costs for reconstructive surgery but not for cosmetic surgery. For example, insurance providers will often pay for breast augmentation to reconstruct a breast following a mastectomy; breast reduction to remedy back pain caused by heavy breasts; eyelid surgery to remove sagging skin that blocks vision; or nose surgery to allow for a patient to breathe better. Insurance providers are required by law to cover breast reconstruction surgery and any cosmetic operations necessary to create symmetry in either breast. If your surgery is covered by insurance, precertification is required. We will be happy to assist you with the process.

Because of the significant amount of time and resources we will reserve for your appointment, we require a $60 fee for new cosmetic consultations. This initial consultation fee will be applied toward your procedure if you choose to move forward.

Every surgery has risks, especially when undergoing general anesthesia. Your surgeon will discuss the risks of your desired procedure(s) so that you know exactly what you're getting into. Safety is our top priority and we do everything in our power to minimize the risks.

Board certification is an indicator of training and experience. A voluntary designation (separate from state licensure), board certification demonstrates that a doctor has the skills and expertise to provide medical care in a given specialty. Dr. Hawkins is board certified by FACC and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

A visit to the plastic surgeon gives you an opportunity to meet the doctor and staff, where you can gauge their personality and behavior. It's always good if you feel comfortable and relaxed around them. The visit also is important for evaluating their credentials and experience. It is important that they are Board Certified plastic surgeons, meaning that the American Board of Plastic Surgery has accredited them. This ensures that they have undergone all the rigorous education and training to be a plastic surgeon in the United States. Most plastic surgeons will have before and after pictures of their patients that you can view. This allows you to assess the quality of their work.