Plastic Surgery FAQ

Many of the women and men who visit Dr. Gary Price for cosmetic plastic surgery in New Haven County, CT have questions. Having elective surgery is a choice that should be made after research and careful consideration. While Dr. Price strives to make consultations as comfortable and unhurried as possible, it’s always helpful to get some information in advance. This page provides answers to some common questions about plastic surgery.

Are you ready to find out more about plastic surgery? Request a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Price, or call his office at 203-453-6635. Our plastic surgery practice is located near Fairfield in Guilford, Connecticut, just 15 minutes from New Haven and 90 minutes from New York.

Is there a difference between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon?

Yes. A plastic surgeon is a cosmetic surgeon, but a cosmetic surgeon is not necessarily a plastic surgeon. The reason for this distinction is that it is legal for any type of medical doctor to call him or herself a cosmetic surgeon, including dermatologists, ob-gyns, and dentists. A “board-certified plastic surgeon” is a medical doctor who has completed a residency training program specifically in plastic surgery and passed oral and written examinations administered by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). The ABPS is the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to specialize in whole body plastic surgery. The residency program begins with a prerequisite training in general surgery that is followed by at least 2 years of intensive training in the full spectrum of reconstructive and cosmetic procedures. When you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Gary Price, you will know your doctor is certified by the ABPS. You can therefore be confident that your surgeon is appropriately trained and experienced.

Will my medical insurance cover my procedure?

In most cases, medical insurance will not cover plastic surgery procedures as these procedures are typically not medically necessary. There are specific instances such as eyelid surgery to restore peripheral vision or rhinoplasty to repair an injury that may be covered. We will be happy to assist you in providing information to your insurance company if it’s possible your procedure may be covered.

Can I have multiple procedures performed together?

While Dr. Price limits surgical time to ensure the patient’s safety, he can often safely combine plastic surgery procedures when the patient is healthy and wants multiple improvements with one surgery. Benefits include minimizing exposure to anesthesia, operating room expenses, and recovery time. A popular choice for Dr. Price’s patients is a Mommy Makeover, which often includes breast enhancement surgery, a tummy tuck, and liposuction.

How can I be sure my plastic surgeon knows what I want?

Above all, it’s important to choose a plastic surgeon whom you can trust, who makes sure you have realistic expectations, and who is qualified to perform the procedure you want. Other helpful ideas include:

  • Bringing in photos of people who have your desired improvements
  • Reviewing before-and-after photos of your surgeon’s work
  • Using an advanced patient imaging system such as VECTRA® 3D

How do I know that a surgery center is safe?

When your surgeon uses a surgery center that is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF), you can be confident that it is run in accordance with the highest standards in the nation for equipment, operating safety, personnel, and surgeon credentials. Our private, on-site surgicenter is fully AAAASF accredited.