Plastic Surgery encompasses both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve the patient's appearance and self-esteem. Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance because it is elective.
Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body, caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is generally performed to improve functions, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance. Reconstructive surgery is generally covered by most health insurance policies, although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly.
About Dr. Widder
Dr. Widder has practiced plastic surgery since 1985 and is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery--the only Board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialists to certify plastic surgeons.
Born in Israel in 1948, he received his pre-medical degree from the University of Bologna, Italy in 1973 followed by his medical degree from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in 1978. He served his internship and initial general surgery residency at the University of Tel Aviv and then moved to the United States in 1981 to become a resident at Tufts- new England Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Widder served additional residencies at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C, and Buffalo, New York. In 1987 he completed a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals of Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Widder has licenses in Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., and New York. He holds a number of certificates from prestigious medical organizations including ASPS - American Society of Plastic Surgeons, AAAAPSF - the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Plastic Surgery Facilities, LSNA - the Lipoplasty Society of North America and the Fairfax County Medical Society.
Dr. Widder resides in Mclean, Virginia with his wife, Caroline, and German shepherd Lulu. He continues to be active in community service.