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Frequently Asked Questions
term "Plastic" surgery is derived from
the Greek word meaning to form or to mold. Cosmetic
surgery is a very specialized area of plastic surgery
in which surgeons correct undesirable physical features
and turn back the clock on the physical signs of
aging. Please look below for an
answer to common questions about cosmetic surgery.
is important to know the facts before committing
to any surgical procedure. There are many reasons
why people desire cosmetic surgery. Many want
to look better for self-improvement. Others may
feel cosmetic surgery is necessary to enhance
their careers. Often advances in the competitive
business world come easier for those who project
a bright, youthful, rested appearance. To achieve
this there are many different procedures and combinations
of procedures which enable the surgeon to create
the artistry and flair that is necessary to make
each patient know that the procedure was designed
for their own individual needs. The surgeon plans
for a more natural look that can be achieved while
eliminating undesirable features and enhancing
good physical characteristics.
goal of cosmetic surgery is improvement not perfection.
There are inherent challenges with each patient
such as health, skin texture, bone conformation,
age and the condition of the feature to be improved.
The ultimate goal is to achieve a natural improved
appearance with a minimal amount of surgery and
a short period of recovery.
a Positive Mental
is important. The ultimate reason for improving
your appearance--whether through cosmetic surgery,
hairstyling, body sculpturing with liposuction
procedures, breast enhancement or permanent eyeliner,
is to have a more positive mental attitude. This
is evidenced by the millions of dollars that are
spent each year on cosmetics, hair styling, manicuring,
diets, health spas and clothing. Cosmetic surgery
is simply an extension of this desire to look
better. It is a rewarding, satisfying experience,
is important to realize that having cosmetic surgery
is a personal decision. It will not only change
the way family and friends feel about you, but
also the way you feel about yourself.
should I select
is important to establish rapport with the surgeon
since you place total confidence in that doctor's
ability. Select a surgeon who compares alternatives,
explains clearly what will be done for you and
the rationale for the approach selected. Be sure
he discusses convalescence and possible risks.
Choose a surgeon who communicates and has a clear
understanding of your desired result.
should carefully evaluate the proposed surgery
and the surgeon himself before proceeding. Insist
on certain qualifications. Ask specific questions
about the doctor's training. Is the surgeon Board
Certified? Has he fellowship training or specialized
training in the procedures you want performed?
A specialist does the same procedures far more
often and therefore has greater experience and
skill than most surgeons. Does the surgeon have
aesthetic taste compatible with yours? These questions
can be answered through referrals to other patients,
should I choose a surgery center?
cosmetic procedures can be performed in an office
operating suite that is well equipped similar
to a hospital facility.
should I know about anesthesia?
When necessary, twilight sleep or light general
anesthesia is administered by a competent anesthetist
or anesthesiologist. The level of anesthesia will
vary with the needs of each patient. The
type of anesthetic is clearly described at the
time of consultation and is tailored to the patient's
needs for surgery. The patient will remain in
the recovery area until able to be discharged.
Your surgeon will ask you to have a friend or
family member to drive you home after the operation.
are the risks?
complications are possible, they are very rare.
Most patients accept the risks after consideration.
A full description of every possible complication
is beyond the scope of this text, but risks specific
to each procedure will be discussed in the appropriate
long will my recovery
period of recovery depends on the surgery performed.
After surgery strenuous physical activities are
limited. You can resume normal activities within
a few days depending upon the surgical procedure.
some cases there will be temporary swelling, bruising
and discomfort. The most common concern is an
uncomfortable feeling, not pain. Pain is surprisingly
minimal and easily controlled with medication.
Mild analgesics are used in most cases, but stronger
medication is given when necessary.
surgeon will discuss your postoperative visits
for removal of dressings and sutures. Special
arrangements are made for patients who are from
out of town and arrangements are usually available
for patients who do not live in the area, or choose
to spend a few days after surgery away from their
Care is taken to place the incision in the natural
skin creases or skin folds along inconspicuous
areas so they are not visible when the healing
process is completed. The incision may be pink
for several weeks postoperatively, but is easily
camouflaged the day after suture removal. Complete
maturation of the surgical area takes more than
one year, though in most cases after one or two
weeks, only the patient and physician can detect
the surgical incision. Time is the single most
important factor in the healing process.
general cosmetic surgery is not covered by insurance.
Insurance will only pay when the surgery is done
for reconstruction of deformities caused by accidents
or when surgery improves function which is impaired
by a physical deformity such as a septal deviation
in rhinoplasty (nasal surgery). If an insurance
company is to be billed for the surgery, the doctor's
office staff will usually submit the insurance
claim forms and documents to your insurance company
are generally determined based on each patient's
needs. Our center does not charge for an
initial consultation. All fees cover post surgery
visits. Fees are clearly explained to the patient
at the time of the first consultation.
should I schedule an initial consultation
the time of your visit the extent of your surgery
will be carefully discussed and an evaluation
made. A consultation helps to clarify the patient's
desires and the surgeons plan. There is no standard
operation which applies to the same patient. An
operation will be designed during this consultation
specifically for you and all of the details will
most important goal of the consultation is to
clearly communicate. Caution is advised in looking
at before and after photos. These can often be
misleading and may not reflect your particular
needs. To help bridge the gap, computer graphics
are often employed. Some surgeons are using this
tool to show patients what they will look like
general, the consultation helps the patient understand
what can be achieved. It helps the doctor understand
the patient's desires and, most importantly, it
gives the patient an opportunity to ask valuable
questions and decide if surgery is right for them.
are pictures taken before
and after surgery?
are taken prior to surgery to help plan the procedure.
They are useful guides which surgeon will use
in planning and preparing for your procedure.
In addition, postoperative photos are taken to
enable you and the surgeon to evaluate the results
of the procedure.
will be asked to review and sign a form that clearly
describes your desired operation. This informed
consent is a legal document and your authorization
allows the surgeon to perform the surgery.