FAQs

FAQs

About Plastic Surgery

1) What is plastic surgery?

Plastic Surgery aims to restore form and function to the patient with a deformity or disability that may be congenital, inherited, or secondary to aging, trauma, cancer or other medical conditions. Plastic surgery is not confined to specific parts of the body or types of procedures. It is a specialty based on surgical principles and techniques that can be applied in a variety of clinical settings ranging from burn surgery to facelifts.

2) What do plastic surgeons do?

The main sub-specialties within plastic surgery are: pediatric plastic surgery, burn care, complex wound management, microsurgery, peripheral nerve surgery, hand surgery, facial trauma, skin cancer surgery, breast reconstruction, cosmetic breast surgery, cosmetic surgery of the face, body contouring and post-bariatric body contouring.

3) How are plastic surgeons trained?

In Canada, plastic surgeons must complete medical school followed by a 5 year residency training program in Plastic Surgery. These programs are accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. All residents are required to pass the Royal College examination prior to entering in to practice.

4) What organizations does a Plastic Surgeon belong to?

Our national organization is the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgery, membership status can be confirmed on their website (www.plasticsurgery.ca). Many of us are members of the equivalent organization in the U.S. which is the American Society of Plastic Surgery (www.plasticsurgery.org). Most plastic surgeons are also Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (http://www.royalcollege.ca/public/directory).

Our office

1) Where is the office?

The office is located in Richmond BC, at the corner of Gilbert Rd and Westminister Hwy, across from the Richmond Hospital.

2) What are the office hours?

The office opens at 8:30am and closes at 4:00 pm, Monday to Thursday. The office closes at 3pm on Fridays

3) Where should I park?

Pay parking is available on the west side of the building. Parking machines are located in the lobby of the building.

I have a consultation scheduled, will the surgery happen at the same time?

Patients with skin lesions, and other ‘lumps and bumps’, are sometimes surprised and disappointed to find out that they are not having surgery at the time of their consultation. Even though your doctor has provided a referral there are often several unknowns that prevent us from being able to book surgery (What is the diagnosis? Is surgery the best option? Will the patient want surgery? When is the optimal timing of surgery? Are pre-operative tests required? Is it safe to do in the office or should it be in the hospital? Are there medications that need to stopped pre-operatively?). If you would like to have your surgery concurrently with your initial consultation, please phone the office ahead of time and we will let you know if this is a possibility.

What conditions are, or are not, provided as a benefit by MSP?

1) Is cosmetic surgery a benefit of MSP?

Cosmetic surgery is not a benefit of MSP

2) Are breast reductions an insured benefit of MSP?

Yes. Patients who have physical symptoms that would benefit from a reduction in breast size are candidates for this operation.

3) Is breast reconstruction a benefit of MSP?

The reconstruction of one or both breasts following a total mastectomy is a benefit of MSP. This includes reconstructions that use either the breast implants or your own tissue. If you have had a single mastectomy, you may benefit from a contralateral breast reduction, breast lift or breast augmentation in order to enhance symmetry. A breast reduction or breast lift performed for this reason is a benefit of MSP while a breast augmentation is usually not.

4) Is the correction of breast asymmetry a benefit of MSP?

The correction of congenital breast asymmetry may be a benefit of MSP but in each case an application must be submitted for pre-authorization. Pictures may be required as part of this application.

5) Can my upper eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) be a benefit of MSP?

An upper eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, may be a benefit of MSP. To qualify, patients must take a “visual field examination” that documents visual field obstruction. Your family doctor can refer you for this test.

6) Are scar revisions and the treatment of keloid scars a benefit of MSP?

The surgical treatment of scars on the body is generally not a benefit of MSP. The treatment of Keloid scars on the face and neck is a benefit of MSP. The treatment of traumatic scars on the face and neck may be a benefit but requires an application to MSP for pre-authorization.

7) Is the treatment of benign skin lesions a benefit of MSP?

The excision of benign skin lesions such as nevi (moles), dermatofibroma, seborrheickeratoses, warts, cysts and other lesions is not a benefit of MSP.

8) Is the removal of a Lipoma a benefit of MSP?

The excision oflipomas is not a benefit of MSP.

9) Is the excision of a sebaceous cyst a benefit of MSP?

The excision of a cyst is not a benefit of MSP. Discomfort, malodour and a history of previous infection are not sufficient to warrant coverage according to MSP.

Fees and Financing for cosmetic surgery

1) How much does cosmetic surgery cost?

The cost of cosmetic surgery is a combination of fees which may include: day surgery and overnight facility fees, professional fees for your anaesthesiologist, professional fees for your surgeon as well as the cost of medications, post-operative supplies, breast implants, post-operative garments and any applicable taxes.

2) Is financing available?

There are specialized companies who offer financing for cosmetic surgery. For more information please contact our office.

Waitlists and related issues.

3) How long is the wait for surgery?

For an estimate of our current wait times please call the office or visit the Surgical Wait Times Website, provided by the Ministry of Health,http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/swt/.

4) How is the waitlist managed?

Once you've decided to have surgery and fill out the accompanying hospital forms you will be placed on our surgical waitlist. Urgent procedures, such as the excision of a melanoma skin cancer, will be prioritized ahead of less urgent cases.

5) I would rather not wait that long, are there other options?

If you would rather not wait for an operative date at the hospital, you may opt to have your surgery at an accredited private surgical facility. Not all procedures or patients are suitable for a private clinic setting. Facility fees and taxes will apply.

Questions that arise following surgery?

2) Getting in touch with the plastic surgeon on call?

If you have urgent questions that cannot wait until the morning, you can reach the plastic surgeon on call by phoning the office at 604-343-9309. If there is an emergency, go directly to the nearest emergency department.

If your concern can wait until the morning, please call the office at that time and we would be pleased to help you.

Referrals

1) I have been a patient before, is a new referral required?

If it has been more than six months since your last visit then a new referral is required.

2) Cosmetic Consultations

If you would like to see Dr. Reid to discuss a private or cosmetic procedure, a referral is not required and you may contact the office directly.