USF Plastic Surgery offers reduced-fee cosmetic surgery

The USF Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has begun offering reduced-fee cosmetic surgery for patients as part of its fully accredited training program for residents.

Patients who elect to go this route will receive a 50-percent discount on physician fees for all cosmetic procedures, including breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty and face lifts. Patients can also receive injectibles, peels, dermabrasion and other cosmetic enhancements.

Dr. David Smith, Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

“It allows our chief residents, who will be practicing on their own in a year, to learn cosmetic surgery under the direct supervision of a board-certified plastic surgeon in a program approved by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education,” said David J. Smith, MD, professor and division director. “The attending faculty surgeon oversees every aspect of the surgery.”

Cosmetic surgery is typically not covered by health insurance.
“Our program offers patients who might not otherwise be able to afford cosmetic surgery, an opportunity for the services,” Dr. Smith said.

The USF College of Medicine began its plastic surgery residency program three years ago, and now has a full contingent of 18 residents in training.
In 2006, surgeons completed nearly 11 million cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States, up 7 percent from 2005, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

For more information of the reduced-fee program, please call the Division of Plastic Surgery at (813) 259-0964 or (813) 259-0842.

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