Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

We get e-mails

I'm not a real doctor, I'm a doctor of philosophy. But I publish in medical journals and consequently get a lot of interesting mail. Allow me to share:


The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) released their 2011 statistics on the increase in cosmetic surgery procedures just last Thursday. 13.8 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed in 2011, up 5% from 2010 and 5.5 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed last year, up 5%. This statistic proves that cosmetic surgery is an industry on the rise, however with the increase in procedures comes an increased risk of complications. Financial protection during cosmetic surgery is key and important to cosmetic surgeons all around the world especially for CosmetAssure founder and plastic surgeon Dr. James Grotting.

Endorsed by the ASPS, CosmetAssure is an affordable solution that helps patients of elective cosmetic surgery avoid the financial burden of unexpected post-surgery complications. CosmetAssure is offered in 45 states nationwide including DC and boasts over 500 participating surgeons. Dr. Grotting is available for an interview to speak to the new statistics and the importance of having CosmetAssure when embarking on an elective procedure.


· Traditional health insurance policies refrain from covering costs incurred from complications that arise from plastic surgery. Most people who go in for cosmetic surgery have no idea that if they were to have a medical complication following surgery, their own health insurance most-likely would not pay.

· The average cost of treating medical complications following cosmetic procedures is $5,500+.

What people will endure, and risk, for the sake of vanity, is a sad commentary on the human condition. Anyway, if you're going in for a bubble butt, giant plastic boobs, or phony Batman biceps, do consider getting insurance.

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