FAQ

ABOUT 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.

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.

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 into practice.

Our national organization is the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgery (CSPS), 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. Dr. Reid is also a member of the Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS). (http://www.royalcollege.ca/public/directory).

OUR OFFICE

Our office is located in Richmond BC, at the corner of Gilbert Road and Westminster Hwy, across from the Richmond Hospital

The office opens at 8:30 am and closes at 3:00 pm – Monday to Friday. Telephone hours are the same as our office hours.

Dr. Reid or his nurse are available for patient surgical concerns outside of office hours, but may not be able to be reached immediately. If you have an emergency, please call 911 or proceed to the nearest hospital.

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

If you have paid a private consultation fee, 2 full business days notice is required before canceling your appointment or your consultation fee will not be refunded.

MSP cancellation within 2 business days or no show fees are $150.00 to be rebooked.

Dr. Reid operates through MSP at Richmond Hospital and privately at Cambie Surgery Centre and False Creek Surgery Centre.

CONSULTATIONS AND CANDIDACY FOR SURGERY

WILL I HAVE SURGERY THE DAY OF MY CONSULTATION?

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 be stopped preoperatively?. 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.

Dr. Reid requires a BMI close to 30 or less

Dr. Reid requires patients to quit smoking 1 month prior to surgery and for 1 month post surgery. For some procedures, smoking is a contraindication.

Please inquire directly through our website or call us at 604-343-9309. Consultations cannot be made until the consult fee is paid via credit card.

He does not have a botox of filler practice at this time.

WHAT CONDITIONS ARE, OR ARE NOT, PROVIDED AS A BENEFIT BY MSP?

Cosmetic surgery is not a benefit of MSP

Yes. Patients who have physical symptoms that would benefit from a reduction in breast size are candidates for this operation. The process can take up to 2 years and can change for reasons beyond our control. A referral is required.

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. A referral is required.

The removal of a breast implant device may be covered under MSP. In addition to implant removal, if there is a private component such as a breast lift or re-augmentation, then the implant removal will not be covered by MSP.

If you are interested in only removing your breast implants, a referral from your physician is required to have a consultation with Dr. Reid. Wait times could be lengthy. The cost may be covered, after approval is submitted to MSP. There are no guarantees. You may opt to have the procedure performed via private pay.

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

The excision of lipomas is not usually a benefit of MSP. Unfortunately, Dr. Reid is not currently offering this procedure.

Earlobe repairs of any kind are not a benefit of MSP.

This is not our scope of practice or Dr. Reid’s specialty. He suggests inquiring with other plastic surgeons who specialize in this area. Please refer to TranscareBC.

Breast reductions and panniculectomies are the only skin removal procedures covered by MSP. You must meet the criteria for coverage. Please contact our office for information on candidacy. A referral for these surgeries is required. Wait times for these procedures may be up to 2 years or longer. You may proceed privately with all other cosmetic procedures while waiting for MSP covered surgeries.

FEES AND FINANCING FOR COSMETIC SURGERY

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, bloodwork and any applicable taxes. Paying privately for surgery means waiving any entitlement to being reimbursed by the medical services plan of BC.

There are specialized companies who offer financing for cosmetic surgery. We recommend Ifinance Canada/Medicard or Credit Medical. We do not offer direct financing. We also do not bill private insurance.

We do not accept e-transfer or personal cheques.

WAITLISTS AND RELATED ISSUES.

MSP covered surgery can take up to 2.5 years. Wait times can change for reasons beyond our control and could become shorter or longer. Contact our office for the most updated wait times.

Private pay surgery can take up to 6 months or longer from consultation to surgery.

Once you’ve decided to have surgery and fill out the accompanying hospital forms you will be placed on our surgical waitlist. Urgent procedures will be prioritized ahead of less urgent cases.

QUESTIONS THAT ARISE FOLLOWING SURGERY?

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

A second referral is not required unless it is for a new concern or there has been a significant change in your health.

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. Our office charges a consultation fee.