Do Aesthetic Plastic Surgeries Give You Work Disability?

Have you thought about having a surgical procedure for aesthetics? Plan these types of interventions very well so that they do not affect you at work, since they can involve several days of rest and not be covered as incapacity for work.

Initially, it should be known that plastic surgery is a branch of medicine that tries to modify some parts of the body to improve the quality of life of the patient, in processes that can be reconstructive or aesthetic.

Aesthetic plastic surgery -in some cases- may require extended rest , but the origin of this disability is not a disease, therefore it is not covered by the Health System.

Specifically on aesthetic issues, the EPS does not grant medical disability and therefore does not recognize the economic benefit. Of course, it is understood as a health condition that limits work, but not as a consequence of an illness, but rather because of a foreseeable fact of the worker.

In these cases, if you plan to have surgery for cosmetic purposes, you should be clear about what options you have. You must first analyze what date allows you to be absent from work without affecting any important process in the company. Then you can talk to your employer about how to take time off on your recovery days, whether it be vacation time, unpaid leave, compensatory leave or special leave.

Consult with the specialist how invasive the aesthetic medical procedure you plan to perform and the recovery period can be. This way you can come to an agreement with your boss.

In fact, among the causes for suspension or non-recognition of payment of disability due to general illness, is when the disability due to general illness originates in treatments for aesthetic purposes and its complications, or derives from treatments that accredit the criteria of exclusion referred to in article 15 of Law 1751 of 2015.

For this reason, it is not the obligation of the boss or manager to give a leave of absence in a period of time for such reason. It is the employee’s responsibility to know what types of obligations he has and what is the right time to arrange any of the aforementioned options.

For the employee who plans to undergo an aesthetic intervention –which requires disability-, it is recommended that “they clearly know the times and risks of their medical procedure, so that they can schedule the days of absenteeism in a timely manner, informing their employer in advance and they can establish actions that do not impact the activities under his charge ”, concludes Portilla.