Plastic surgery within the Veterans Affairs Medical System: proposed modified indications for operative procedures

Ann Plast Surg. 2009 Jul;63(1):105-10. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e318184ac34.


Many plastic surgery procedures span the divide between aesthetic ("cosmetic") and reconstructive surgery. However, definitions and guidelines may be inconsistent, which may decrease patients' access to legitimate procedures. The article aims to assist Veterans' Health Administration-affiliated plastic surgeons in continuing to provide optimal care to the Nation's Veterans and family members, and should be regarded as an open discussion.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Health Services Accessibility / standards*
  • Health Services Administration*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures / statistics & numerical data*
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures / trends
  • Surgery, Plastic / trends*
  • United States / epidemiology
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Veterans / statistics & numerical data*