Wednesday, February 22, 2012

It’s no secret that plastic surgery can and does enhance one’s physical appearance while at the same time provide improvement to one’s self confidence level. Not only is this true for individuals who seek out plastic surgery, such as breast augmentation, for purely superficial motives, but also applicable for those individuals who seek out plastic surgery in an effort to correct the results of a malformation or tragic health scare, i.e. breast cancer. In the case of the latter, breast augmentation can be utilized as a tool to reconstruct the breast as well as restore self confidence in the physical appearance of the cancer survivor. While this choice has much to do with the physical condition of the breast cancer survivor as well as their desire to pursue reconstructive surgery after their ordeal, until recently their decision was also contingent upon whether or not they were able to receive adequate medical insurance coverage so that they could afford breast augmentation.

According to the federal Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998, insurers must cover breast reconstructive surgery, i.e. breast augmentation, if the insurance plan covers the initial mastectomy or full breast removal. However, the wording of the law left a giant loophole in which insurance companies capitalized on: what about lumpectomies and partial breast removals? Because there was no specific verbiage that spoke to the handling of lumpectomies and partial breast removals, breast cancer survivors who had undergone such procedures were frequently denied coverage for their reconstructive surgeries, particularly breast augmentation. Now, new legislation has closed the loophole by broadening the definition of mastectomy to include full or partial breast removal with respect to cancer survivors. Said legislation not only sets a new precedent with respect to women’s health but also cancer rights as well.

When they have suffered from cancer and wish to remedy their appearance with breast augmentation Athens GA residents have many options for remediation; do some research before the procedure and you're sure to find a compassionate and trustworthy doctor.

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