Plastic Surgery Q&A

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Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have
about plastic surgery issues. If you have any other questions, or would
like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.

Q:     Is plastic surgery safe?
A:     All surgical procedures are accompanied by a
certain degree of risk, whether the procedures are for medical or
cosmetic reasons. Our expert team is dedicated to making your operation
go smoothly. We carefully review your medical history and current
health condition before deciding if it is safe for you to proceed with
surgery. It is important that you fully disclose all pertinent
information so that we are able to make an accurate assessment of the
risks involved. We will take every precaution necessary to reduce the
possibility of any complications.

Q:     How do I know if plastic surgery is right for me?
A:     There are several important factors that come
into play when deciding whether plastic surgery is the right option for
you. One of the most important factors is your health. Being in good
health greatly reduces the risk of complications occurring during
surgery and leads to a speedy recovery. Next, you need to ask yourself
what your motivations are. People who have plastic surgery generally
find that the surgery enhances their overall appearance and
self-esteem. Thirdly, you should have realistic expectations. Plastic
surgery is both a science and an art, neither of which are perfect. Set
reasonable goals as to the result you wish to achieve and be prepared
to thoroughly discuss these goals during your initial consultation.

Q:     Can I have several procedures performed
simultaneously?
A:     It is a relatively common practice for a plastic
surgeon to perform multiple procedures during one operation. This
allows the surgeon to better “sculpt” your final appearance. In
addition, having several procedures done simultaneously saves you the
expense of paying the operating room and anesthesia costs more than
once. However, having too much done at one time can lead to
complications. The decision to have multiple procedures done depends on
which procedures are being done, the extent of surgery, the operating
time, and your age/health. Ultimately, the surgeon decides whether or
not it is appropriate to include more than one procedure in your
operation.

Q:     Does it matter how old I am?
A:     Due to the variety of procedures available in
plastic surgery, there can be no blanket rule on age although age will
be taken into consideration when planning your operation. People of all
ages have taken advantage of the image-enhancement offered by plastic
surgery. There are even procedures appropriate for young children! It
is important to realize the limitations of plastic surgery. Plastic
surgery cannot “fix” every situation or reverse the aging process. What
is a good procedure for one person may not be an appropriate procedure
for another. We are committed to making your plastic surgery experience
a successful one.

Q:     What happens during my initial consultation?
A:     During your consultation we will discuss your
desired changes and expectations, review your medical history and
current health, and make an assessment on whether the procedure(s) in
question are right for you. This is a good time to ask specific
questions about the procedure so that you are fully prepared, mentally
and emotionally, for surgery. We will discuss the results that can be
achieved, with the aid of photos and/or computer imaging. When a final
decision is made, you will need to sign an informed consent stating
that you are fully aware and understand what is entailed by your
pending operation, including the potential complications and secondary
effects.

Q:     How long will it take to recover from my surgery?
A:     Generally, post-operative instructions call for
rest and limited movement in order to speed