Military plastic surgery for the soldiers , sailors and the marines that serve our country with valor and honor. These men and woman sacrifice for us and we appreciate that sacrifice here at our Hawaii clinic.
Military Plastic Surgery
As far as military plastic surgery goes some procedures can be done for little cost through the military. The policy does change so best to check with your primary care doctor to be up to date. Generally its on a first come first serve basis as there are strict limits on military plastic surgeons schedules. Military surgeons have the primary duty to maintain the force, thus medically necessary procedures and treatments are the priority. There are guidelines for these plastic surgeons such as only 15% to 20 % of their case load can can be cosmetic surgery. So before we go further you need to understand the concept of “medically necessary”.
Medical Necessary Military Plastic Surgery
Plastic surgery as a term covers both cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries. Reconstructive is considered medically required, meaning it restores some function like a hand injury which needs skin coverage or a scar preventing closing the hand that needs to be corrected. On the other hand cosmetic surgery is not considered to be a medically necessary surgery, as it may be for such reasons as to look best in a bathing suit. Each situation has to be individually determined and is best done by a consultation. One financial difference is that medically necessary is usually paid for by the military or Tri-care while cosmetic may not be.
We have years of experience with military clients
Having served our military clients for over 20 years we recognize the special needs they and their families may have. Such things as unexpected deployment or sudden move of the family to a new duty station. Therefore we maintain contacts with many of our plastic surgery colleagues across the globe and if needed we can refer our military clients to others we know and know that will take good care of the military.
The other issue faced by many military is recovery times and good guidance on how to get back into action so to speak. That is we pay special attention to the education of our patients and the understanding of when to go back to physical training (PT).
This is all considered in great detail when we discuss the pre op and post op care involved for the procedure. Common questions are about resuming training and work. The answers will depend on what procedures you are having and what is the extend of the procedure. Rest assured we will be straight forward and forthright in our answers to your questions.