Plastic Surgery FAQ

Everyone has questions about plastic surgery. Here are answers to some common topics and concerns people often have before and during your appointment.

What does RPS stand for?

RPS is the acronym for Renaissance Plastic Surgery, P.C. a medical/surgical practice consisting of board certified surgeons qualified in their respective fields of medicine and practicing within those fields. It also represents a private skin care product line of cosmeceuticals called Repair Protect Strengthen, found in our office and on our site here.

Can I pay over the phone?

Spa packages, salon/spa treatments, surgery deposits and billing for RPS can be paid over the phone as long as the Credit Card Authorization form is filled out and returned.

What are injectables?

Injectables are neurotoxins and facial (or dermal) fillers most commonly used to improve facial features in both male and female adults. These prescription medicines should only be injected by a reliable, specialty-trained healthcare provider. Neurotoxin, more commonly referred to as Botox, is used to relax the muscle and improve the look of frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles. Dermal Fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane restore youthful fullness to the face, provide plump lips, enhance shallow contours and soften deep wrinkles. Click here for more information or here for injector bios!

Am I required to attend follow-up appointments?

It’s best to make and attend all follow-up appointments recommended by your provider. These appointments ensure your safety and satisfaction.

What is your cancellation policy? (RPS)

Our cosmetic consultations are complimentary but we would appreciate a 24-hour notice for cancellations and rescheduling. However, the surgical procedure cancellation policy includes late cancellations or no-shows that are defined as 1-week prior to surgical or non-surgical procedures resulting in a 25{b297e645577e0dd69ab7f3b1bc8d8a1e8222a82215a77a21e46c8d6c69a32592} non-refundable charge.

What insurances do you accept?

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Care Network
  • Cofinity
  • Health Alliance Plan
  • Medicare
  • Priority Health
  • Smart Plan
  • Total Health Care
  • UMR (Beaumont Health Plan)
  • Health Plus PPO


What hospitals are you on staff at?

  • William Beaumont Grosse Pointe and Troy campuses, Beaumont ASC Macomb
  • John Surgery Center, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, St. John Macomb Center
  • Clarkston Surgery Center
  • Crittenton Hospital

What financing options are available?

We accept cash, check or credit cards. MLend is a long-term financing option when necessary and but we do NOT accept CareCredit.

What is the difference between cosmetic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery?

At RPS, our physicians are true plastic surgeons practicing in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. “Aesthetic” surgery and cosmetic surgery are essentially the same thing, as long as your physician is a trained plastic surgeon.

Following completion of medical school, plastic surgeons become surgical residents for at least 3 years where they undergo rigorous training PLUS 3 years of focused plastic surgery training. The process can take 6 to 8 years or more and many further their training in various fellowships. This is a key differentiator between a true plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon. All plastic surgeons can perform cosmetic or aesthetic surgery, but a “cosmetic surgeon” who is not a plastic surgeon won’t have the same extensive training and will not have hospital privileges.

A practitioner referring to themselves as only a cosmetic surgeon might belong to any medical specialty. He/she could be a general surgeon, gynecologist, dermatologist, family physician, internist, etc. who has decided that they want to perform cosmetic procedures. The training can be anywhere from a one-year cosmetic surgery fellowship to a handful of short weekend courses on topics ranging from how to perform liposuction, utilize injectables, or place breast implants.

Reconstructive surgery is also performed by plastic surgeons. Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormalities of the body caused by genetic or developmental defects, trauma, 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 will vary.

How do I choose the right plastic surgeon?

It is important to consider many things when looking to undergo surgery. Instead of the quickest schedule or cheapest rate, our patients often look for:

  • Training and Education
  • Board Certifications
  • Referrals from friends, family and colleagues
  • Personality and comfortability

We always suggest our patients get more than one opinion and research the physicians they’d like to see. The more questions you have answered, the better you will feel before, during and after the surgery process.

Do you have age restrictions?

Yes, most procedures are typically performed on consenting adults. Some procedures are applicable for children such as wound care, cleft lip/palette, septo/rhinoplasty, and otoplasty. Please check out the various surgery descriptions for more information.

How can I prepare for my surgery?

We recommend you strive to be as healthy as possible when preparing for elective surgery. Our instructions suggest quitting smoking, consuming alcoholic beverages and other unhealthy habits. There are also preventative vitamin mineral supplements that can enhance healing.

What are your hours? Do you take after-hours requests?

Appointments are available Monday through Friday by appointment. Our staff tries to make appointments convenient and will make special arrangements if needed.

Do you charge for consultations?

Our cosmetic consultations are complimentary! Insurances are billed according to contractual guidelines.

How long will my implants last?

Breast implant manufacturers proudly offer a lifetime guarantee on their devices as they stand behind their product efficacy. However, the human body is unique and revisional surgery may be required within your lifetime. Most revisional surgeries are due to body changes such as weight gain and loss. The breast gland is an ever-changing organ of the body. Our practice typically uses Mentor® breast implants, made in the USA. For more information about Mentor and their warranties click here.

Are office surgeries safe?

Office surgeries are completely safe as long as you follow the doctors pre- and post-operative guidelines where health baselines have been reviewed. Our surgeons have staff privileges at various hospitals and will choose the appropriate setting for your healthcare needs.