Your most common cosmetic surgery questions answered!

We’ve done the work for you.  After scouring the web for all things plastic surgery, we’ve put together a complete list of the most common questions people search for on plastic surgery.  We hope you will find some answers for questions you may have!  We’ve also included photos of different types of plastic surgeries.

Q: Can I die from plastic surgery?

Answer:  There are risks involved with any surgery, whether it’s plastic surgery or heart surgery.  Plastic surgery deaths are rare (about 100 people die per year). The most important factor you can control is finding an experienced doctor for your chosen procedure.  Do your research online and meet with a number of doctors before deciding on your doctor.  Voice any questions or concerns you may have with your doctor about the specific procedure you are interested in.  If you need help finding a doctor, check out our guide for finding the best plastic surgeon doctor for you. 

Facial Reconstruction
Facial Reconstruction

Q: Do I need plastic surgery?

Answer: You don’t need plastic surgery.  The decision to do it is entirely up to you!  My body, my choice!  Some people have felt more confident after a cosmetic procedure.  Others haven’t felt any more confident.  Plastic surgery procedures can correct many bodily features that people feel insecure about.  If you’re feeling insecure about a particular feature on your body, there’s a high chance there’s a procedure that can correct it.  Check out this article showing the most amazing facial and body transformations from plastic surgery.


Q: Does insurance cover plastic surgery?

Answer: Insurance typically does not cover cosmetic surgeries that improve your appearance.  The keyword is improve. If you have bodily damage/scarring from any trauma or accidents, cosmetic reconstructive surgery may be covered by insurance. Before undergoing any treatment, it’s best to consult with your insurance to get an understanding of the kind of coverage you will be getting.  The same rules apply for Medicaid; they don’t cover surgeries improving your appearance, but may cover reconstructive surgery.

Q: How long do plastic surgery treatments last?

Answer: Plastic surgery treatments can last anywhere from a lifetime, to a few months.  Generally, any sort of augmentation surgery involving body parts lasts for a lifetime.  Some examples of augmentation surgery include the nose, the breasts, and buttocks.  Cosmetic surgeries for skin treatments typically last a few months to a few years.  These types of surgeries are not permanent and may require repeat treatments to keep the desired look.  Check out our guides on Sculptra and Fraxel Laser Treatment to see how some of these skin procedures work!

Q: Does plastic surgery hurt?

Answer: Pain is a common concern for anybody interested in surgery.  The good news is, cosmetic surgery is mostly pain-free.  Your doctor will do a thorough job in making sure you are comfortable and pain-free throughout your entire surgery.  This means applying topical numbing creams to the treatment area, or even sedating you for the duration of the surgery.  Afterwards, pain medication may be administered depending on the severity of the surgery.

Maxillofacial Surgery, Mentoplasty
Maxillofacial Surgery, Mentoplasty

Q: What’s the recovery time for plastic surgery?

Answer: Recovery times vary based on the severity of the cosmetic surgery.  Typically, skin treatment surgeries have the shortest recovery times, ranging from no recovery to a few days.  With any augmentation surgery, there may be scarring that will take a few days to weeks to heal.  It’s best to prepare accordingly before your surgery, making sure to take time off from work and responsibilities to ensure you have the best possible recovery.

Q: How much does plastic surgery cost?

A: This varies depending on the surgery you are getting.  Again, insurance rarely covers any procedures that enhance cosmetic appearance.  So most likely, you will be paying out of pocket for your procedure.  Generally, injectables such as Botox cost between 300-500 dollars.  Augmentation surgeries are the most expensive, and can cost thousands of dollars.  Check out our post ranking cosmetic procedures from least expensive to most expensive.

Septorhinoplasty, Chin Implant, Chin Liposuction
Septorhinoplasty, Chin Implant, Chin Liposuction

Q: Is plastic surgery tax deductible?

A: If your cosmetic surgery is done to enhance any bodily features, you cannot deduct these costs from your taxes.  However, if your doctor concludes the surgery is done to correct any problems (i.e nose reconstruction surgery to help resolve breathing problems), then the IRS permits you to deduct these as medical expenses.  Typically, reconstruction surgery is tax deductible.

Q: Why is it called plastic surgery?

A: There is a stigma attached to plastic surgery because of the word plastic.  Why is it called plastic surgery?  Do doctors use plastic in plastic surgery?  Never.  There are different materials used for various surgeries (all of them FDA approved), and none of them involve the use of plastic.  Plastic surgery got its name from the Greek word plastikos, meaning to mold.  With that understanding , the name then seems more appropriate.  Almost all plastic surgery is reconstructive, as it changes the appearance of a particular part of the body.  Surgeons are re-molding you to look different than you did before.

Chin and Jowl Liposuction
Chin and Jowl Liposuction

Q: Why is plastic surgery good for you?

A: The benefits of plastic surgery are almost always going to be experienced from your head.  Not physical head, but mentally feeling better.  Some people have felt much more confident after undergoing a cosmetic procedure correcting an insecure bodily feature.  You pay some money, and the insecurity disappears!  Most cosmetic procedures do not have any health benefits.  They are purely done for your own personal confidence.  So, it’s important to weigh the perks and downsides of a potential cosmetic treatment.

Q: Why is plastic surgery harmful?

A: Like any other type of surgery, there are risks involved.  A botched cosmetic procedure can have lifetime complications, and may even result in death.  Normally, cosmetic procedures are considered some of the safest, low-risk procedures in medicine.  It’s important to find a doctor that is experienced, and qualified to perform the procedure you are interested in.


We hope you have found some answers to questions regarding cosmetic surgery!  If you are interested in learning more about different types of cosmetic procedures, please check out our cosmetic surgery page for details on different kinds of cosmetic procedures.  Please leave a comment down below if you have any other questions that we may not have covered in this blog.  Happy holidays, and be safe and healthy!

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