- How do I know if plastic surgery is right for me?
- How will I know which procedures are right for me?
- Will my insurance cover cosmetic surgery?
- How will I pay for my treatment?
- How much will my procedure cost?
- Where will my surgery take place?
- What's the most important thing to consider when choosing a surgeon?
- Are all board certifications the same?
Plastic Surgery FAQs
When you are considering plastic surgery in Birmingham, AL, it's important to have all of your questions answers and concerns addressed. During your consultation, Dr. Beckenstein will take the time to do just that. In the meantime, here are answers to some of the questions he is most frequently asked.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if plastic surgery is right for me?
If you are considering plastic surgery, you need to choose carefully. The fact is that plastic surgery is not right for everyone. Once you have researched your options and know the risks and the benefits, Dr. Beckenstein can help you decide if plastic surgery is a good option for you. During your consultation, you will be asked and must inform Dr. Beckenstein of any physical or mental health issues so that he may accurately assess whether you are a good candidate for cosmetic (aesthetic) or reconstructive surgery. This is essential for your overall safety.
How will I know which procedures are right for me?
Educating yourself about the procedures in which you are interested is the first step to knowing which one is appropriate for you. Dr. Beckenstein has provided this website to help educate you. Before you decide to see a plastic surgeon, the information you find here on breast augmentation, body contouring, facial plastic surgery, and facial skin rejuvenation procedures will give you a basic understanding of what to expect. At your consultation the final determination will be made by you and Dr. Beckenstein.
Will my insurance cover cosmetic surgery?
Most insurance policies will not cover procedures which are strictly aesthetic (cosmetic). If you are having a procedure for health reasons, like a breast reduction in order to treat back pain, then your insurance may cover the procedure. Procedures that are deemed "medically necessary" will often be covered by insurance. Your specific insurance carrier will ultimately make this decision.
How will I pay for my treatment?
We have a dedicated office staff in Birmingham ready to help you understand your insurance coverage and our financing options. After you meet with our plastic surgeon, you will meet with our insurance specialist or financial consultant. All payment options and financial plans will be presented to you and a good plan will be devised for you.
How much will my procedure cost?
The actual cost of your procedure depends on many factors and will be determined during your initial consultation with our plastic surgeon, Dr. Beckenstein.
Where will my surgery take place?
Dr. Beckenstein performs all of his surgeries in hospital operating rooms for your safety. For information about this policy, visit his Surgical Facilities page.
What's the most important thing to consider when choosing a surgeon?
There are many important factors you should consider when choosing a plastic surgeon. Education, certification, and the number of times the plastic surgeon has performed a procedure are all important factors to consider. You should not proceed with a surgery unless you have complete confidence in your surgeon, and you feel comfortable and safe.
Are all board certifications the same?
Absolutely not. Many doctors performing cosmetic surgery will say they are "board certified," but you have to ask which board they have received their certification from. Not all boards are created equal.