Friday, July 1, 2011

Plastic Surgery and Mesothelioma Align

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This is a guest post by Jackie Clark assistant to Heather Von St James, a cancer survivor.

When someone mentions plastic surgery, we tend to think of face-lifts and breast implants, but plastic surgeons are able too much more. What would burn and accident victims do if there were no plastic surgeons to repair their faces and bodies? What kind of life would a deformed infant have if there were no plastic surgeons to correct nature's mistakes? There are millions of people in the United States alone, not to mention the rest of the world, who feel they were not given the body or face they deserve. Being unhappy with one's looks can cause many problems like depression, low self-esteem and even suicidal tendencies. There are forms of cancer like mesothelioma, breast cancer and skin cancer that can kill if not treated by surgery.

This surgery falls into 3 categories:
1--Reconstructive surgery involving pediatric birth defect surgery, injury repair, burn surgery, hand surgery, breast cancer surgery, adult birth defect correction surgery and other corrective procedures.
These are surgeries that are done for medical reasons and can make life expectancies longer. Repairing accident damage can give people their lives back.

2--Cosmetic surgery includes procedures like tummy tucks, eyelid surgery, breast implants or reduction, buttock augmentation, face lifts, liposuction fat removal, chin implants, chemical peels, lip enhancement, laser treatment, neck lifts, eyebrow lifts and other procedures to enhance a person's looks.

3. Surgery that treats forms of cancer like mesothelioma, skin cancer, breast cancer and other diseases that are life threatening. This is not cosmetic surgery, but surgeons that are able to perform plastic surgery are often also qualified to perform other life saving medical procedures that increase patient life expectancy.

Plastic surgery like any medical procedure carries risks that one should be aware of before making a decision. The risks can range from swelling and bruising to infection, organ punctures, bleeding, scars, fluid accumulation and allergies to anesthesia and other drugs used in the procedures. A good surgeon will go over all the benefits and risks with every patient, taking medical history of each patient to be safe. It is standard procedure for the plastic surgeon to talk about allergies and expectations of results with every potential patient. Anyone considering surgery of any kind should look for a surgeon who is board certified and professionally affiliated as well as being licensed and degreed from a good medical school.

Plastic surgery is not cheap and is not always covered by your insurance provider. If one's life expectancy, health or self-esteem is involved, no price is too high. Specifically concerning a mesothelioma prognosis an operation maybe the only available resource to save ones life or for that matter lengthen it. These medical procedures are more likely to be covered by insurance and costs vary depending on the seriousness of the condition. Before agreeing to surgery it is a good idea to check with your insurance company to see if they will cover all or part of the cost of the procedure. You can get more information on plastic surgery and mesothelioma on these web sites:, or -plastic-surgery.php.

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