FAQs

General Plastic Surgery Questions

Is plastic surgery safe?
Each year, thousands of men and women undergo plastic surgery procedures without complications. However, it is important for you to be informed of the risks as well as the benefits of having surgery. Prior to your procedure, we will carefully review your medical history and current health status as well as discuss the surgery in great detail. By carefully following his advice and instructions, both before and after surgery, you can do your part to minimize some of the risks.

How do I know if plastic surgery is right for me?
Several factors should be considered when deciding if plastic surgery is right for you. Typically, good candidates are patients who are in good health, have realistic expectations and fully understand their own motivations for wanting the procedure. People who have plastic surgery generally find that the surgery enhances their overall appearance and self-esteem.

Is there a “right” age to pursue plastic surgery?
There is not a rule regarding the right age for plastic surgery. In fact, the appropriateness of a certain procedure should be determined more on a case by case basis, looking at the individual’s unique body type and aging process. Of course, there are age tendencies for certain procedures. Facelifts generally are not performed on patients under 30, as mini-lifts or laser procedures might be suggested instead, but this is not a rule. Ear reshaping, on the other hand, is appropriate for adults or patients as young as 5 years old.

What happens at the Consultation visit?
During your consultation we will take the time to discuss your expectations as well as any concerns you may have. Choosing to undergo plastic surgery is an incredibly personal decision, and every procedure must be tailored to meet the needs and desires of the individual patient. We will review your medical history, current health status, and make an assessment on whether the procedure is right for you. We will discuss the results that can be achieved, the limitations of the procedure, and any options which may be available.

At the conclusion of your first visit, a second appointment will be recommended. This will give you time to consider all that you have learned during the initial consultation and allow you to think of other questions and concerns to discuss with us. You will also be encouraged to bring a significant other or any individual who will be supporting you through the surgical process.

Will I have a scar after plastic surgery?
Scarring is an inevitable part of healing and is the result of our body’s natural response to repair an injury. However, a very fine lined scar placed in the correct orientation may be virtually invisible. A plastic surgeon spends years trying to master techniques to place scars in the most desirable location. We will try to make incisions in areas that will not show, like under undergarments or along natural creases. Scars will normally fade over time. The final cosmetic appearance of a surgical scar is based on multiple factors such as age, skin type, anatomic location, smoking and most importantly – our genetic makeup.

How soon after plastic surgery can I fly?
Flying immediately before or after having a procedure is not recommended due to increased risk of blood clots in your leg. Typically you should not fly the day before and wait about 10-14 days after surgery to fly. You should take the necessary precautions, such as getting up to walk around during the flight, and wearing compression stockings. More specifically, the risk factors depend on your own medical history, the type of anesthesia used, and the length of your procedure. In addition, you need to be in town for regular follow-up care required immediately after your surgery. Always discuss your travel plans with us.

How will smoking affect my surgery?
The specialty of plastic surgery places great emphasis on both surgical techniques and treatments that promote normal wound healing in order to produce a superior surgical outcome. Smoking dramatically influences the goal of uncomplicated wound healing and places you at a higher and unnecessary level of risk for many preventable surgical complications. Be sure to discuss your smoking habits with us. He can recommend programs to assist you in ceasing to smoke during your surgical experience.

How will I learn about my cost and what financing options are available?
At the end of your initial consultation, we will provide you with a personalized quote of surgical costs for any recommended procedure(s).

There are generally several payment options available and will work with you to find one that meets your needs. The following forms of payment are accepted:

Our staff can help you determine which payment option is best for you.

Will my insurance cover the procedure?
Your insurance coverage will vary depending on the policy you have and the type of surgery you plan to undergo. Reconstructive surgery (which is performed to improve function rather than appearance) is usually covered by insurance. Cosmetic surgery, however, is typically not covered by insurance. Our dedicated and highly trained office staff will work with your insurance company to see that coverage is provided for any eligible procedures.

Can multiple procedures be performed at the same time?
It is a relatively common practice for patients to undergo multiple procedures during one operation. Having procedures done simultaneously can decrease the expense of the operating room and anesthesia costs as well as the overall recovery time. The decision to have multiple procedures done depends on which procedures are being performed, the operating time, and your age/health. We will discuss your personal options with you and help you decide whether or not it is appropriate to have multiple surgeries performed at the same time.

Where will my surgery be performed & who will be providing my anesthesia?
We work exclusively with accredited hospitals and surgical facilities which staff board-certified anesthesiologists. You will be under the direct care of the anesthesiologist on staff while we performs your surgery. Our surgical facilities are accredited by The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

What if I am concerned with others finding out that I had plastic surgery?
We will take the time to understand your preferences and help you select the best option for you. His goal is to enhance, not overwhelm, your natural features. Our office has a strict confidentiality policy, so you can be sure that any information regarding your cosmetic treatment will not leave our office.

How long will it take for me to recover from my procedure?
Recovery occurs in phases and each person will differ. Typically your recovery will depend on the procedure you are having. We will discuss your individual situation with you. For example, after breast augmentation you can return to desk work within 2–3 days and after a tummy tuck it would be about 7–10 days.

What is a Compression Garment and will I need to wear one?
Typically you will need a supportive garment to secure the surgical site in the immediate postoperative period to help with swelling and recovery. The specific support bra, binder, or special order garment will be reviewed with you during your preoperative visits.

What kind of preoperative testing will I have?
The specific testing required will depend on your medical history, the type of procedure you are having as well as the anesthesia required for your procedure. We will review your specific testing with you. For example, some women will need a mammogram prior to their breast surgery and most patients will undergo a simple blood test which is included in your surgical fee.

When will I have my first postoperative visit? How many visits will I have after my surgery?
Your first postoperative visit will typically occur on the first or second day after your surgery. At that time, we will review your results with you and show you how to care for your surgical site. We like to see his patients often after surgery to be involved in their recovery. He will typically see you again around one week, then 6 weeks, 6 months and one year. Some surgeries will require more visits and, of course, he is available 24/7 for all your questions and concerns. You will receive excellent postoperative care.

How long will it take for me to recover from my procedure?
Recovery occurs in phases and each person will differ. Typically your recovery will depend on the procedure you are having. We will discuss your individual situation with you. For example, after breast augmentation you can return to desk work within 2–3 days and after a tummy tuck it would be about 7–10 days.

When will I have my first postoperative visit? How many visits will I have after my surgery?
Your first postoperative visit will typically occur on the first or second day after your surgery. At that time, we will review your results with you and show you how to care for your surgical site. We like to see our patients often after surgery to be involved in their recovery. We will typically see you again around one week, then 6 weeks, 6 months and one year. Some surgeries will require more visits and, of course, we are available 24/7 for all your questions and concerns. You will receive excellent postoperative care.