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Q: Can cosmetic surgery In India be covered by insurance?

A: Yes, it can be covered under insurance but with conditions. It is only reconstructive surgery that is considered a fit case for insurance claim.

Reconstructive Surgery: Procedure performed to relieve trauma, improve functionality and normalizing appearance of a patient.

Cosmetic Surgery: Procedures focused on improving aesthetic are considered cosmetic in nature.

Reconstructive surgery is necessary in nature but cosmetic surgery isn’t. Many insurance companies interpret reconstructive surgery in a different way. A few years ago, insurers were covering circumcision of boys under insurance but now they consider it to be cosmetic in nature hence declining insurance cover.


Q: Can cosmetic surgery cause cancer?


A: The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has categorically stated that breast implant doesn’t cause cancer and nor is the cancer a risk in breast augmentation process. But patients are advised to go for routine screening to prevent breast cancer.


Q: Can cosmetic surgery cause cardiac arrest?


A: Cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA) during epidural anesthesia is a serious adverse effect. Epidural anesthesia is used for cosmetic breast surgery and combined breast and abdomen operation. It gives excellent results in comparison to general anesthesia but certain factors could lead to CPA.


Q: Can cosmetic surgery cause depression?


A: Some patients suffer from postsurgical depression after getting cosmetic procedure but it is a temporary phase due to following reasons:

  • Anesthesia
  • Pain medicines
  • Psychological side effects due to swelling, bleeding and bruising
  • Immobility
  • Lack of family support
  • Compromised life for some time
  • Unwanted results

Patients prone to postsurgical depression are:

  • History of anxiety
  • Youth with high expectations
  • Males with dominant behavior
  • Surgeries done to improve relationship

Symptoms of depression:

  • Persistent anxiety and feeling of sadness
  • Increased irritability
  • Guilt feeling
  • Loss of interest
  • Restlessness
  • Trouble with concentration
  • Body ache and pain
  • Suicidal thoughts

Depression management:

  • Realistic expectations
  • Support network
  • Medication

The depression remains temporary in most cases and subsides with time. Others can seek medical help and family support to come out of depression.


Q: Can cosmetic surgery remove stretch marks?


A: Surgical stretch mark removal is the most effective treatment for removing abdominal stretch marks permanently. The process is called abdominoplasty and it involves tightening of abdominal muscles. But there is no surgical process for removing stretch marks on other areas of body.


Q: Can I claim cosmetic surgery In India on my taxes?


A: Cosmetic surgeries are made deductible from taxes in certain conditions where the patients are advised to undergo the surgical procedure to improve their lives. It should be mandatory in nature and medically beneficial for the patients. Cosmetic surgeries done for aesthetic are kept out of purview of tax deductions.


Q: Cosmetic surgery can improve the quality of life?


A: Yes, cosmetic surgery improves quality of life and there are reasons to believe so. Many accident victims that are now leading a normal life will give testimony to how cosmetic procedures changed their lives. It could be possible to survive a severe accident with the grace of god but the scars left behind by that accident could make life difficult for you. Thank god there are plastic surgeons that can remove those scars and even reconstruct specific body parts like nose and breast with cosmetic procedures.


Q: Does cosmetic surgery help self-esteem?


A: If you losing your self-esteem for sagging breasts or due to a birth mark over your face or a scar you get from an accident, you can get it corrected with cosmetic surgery and regain your confidence and self-esteem. Celebrities choose cosmetic procedures to maintain their physical appearance and self-esteem. With cosmetic surgery, you can choose right physical attributes and feel normal.