Just as in reconstructive surgery, the goals in aesthetic surgery are to restore function and in this case especially form of a certain part of the body. The boundary between aestetic and reconstructive are very close and can overlap in many cases. When a birth defect is reconstructed (for example a cleft lip), the function of the lip is very important, but the aesthetic aspect as well; the result has to be beautiful, to give the child the least psychosocial impact of having a cleft lip.
All staff members of the department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery have had a thorough training in aesthetic surgery and perform these procedures on a regular basis. In general, aesthetic operations are not reimbursed by health insurances. In some exceptional cases, an application for reimbursement can be made, this has to be done by the treating surgeon and will in all cases be discussed with the patient.
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