Who is a good candidate for cosmetic surgery?
People who have features that make them look older than they feel or who have features that they don’t feel are attractive are candidates for elective cosmetic surgery. If you can specifically identify traits that you would like to improve and have an idea of how you want to look it is helpful. An example is someone who wants a different shaped nose, smaller or larger breasts, a face and neck with less “sagging” or who has fat deposits that are diet and exercise resistant. A good candidate for surgery also understands the risks and limitations of surgery as explained by their surgeon and works in partnership with their doctor to attain their goals. Likewise, a poor candidate has unrealistic expectations, ignores the advice of their surgeon, does not follow pre and post operative directions and expects the surgery to change their luck, performance or love life.
Is it expensive?
Quality cosmetic surgery, like any skilled endeavor, requires years of training and experience on the part of the surgeon and anesthesiologist. You should not be gouged, but do expect to pay a fair price for your procedure. You should also expect attention to detail, an attentive staff and excellence in the performance of your surgery. The pleasure of a bargain is forgotten sooner than the memory of a job poorly done. As in anything else, you pay for what you get. Be sure to check your surgeons credentials and ask questions before you have surgery.
Where is the surgery performed?
We believe your safety is the most important aspect of what we do. All of our surgery is performed in an accredited outpatient surgery facility or in a hospital OR.
Who gives anesthesia?
General anesthesia, if needed, is given by board certified anesthesia providers, the same ones who work in local hospitals.
Will it hurt?
Pain is a subjective feeling. It is perceived differently by different people. Procedures where muscle manipulation is involved (abdominoplasty, breast augmentation) will be more painful than procedures where only the skin and subcutaneous tissue is operated on (S-facelift, liposuction, breast reduction, eyelid surgery). In all cases care is taken to limit the amount of trauma to your tissue and anesthetics are used liberally during the operation to limit pain afterward. In addition, post operative pain medication is prescribed.
Are there scars?
Skin cannot be cut without scarring. The trick is to limit the length of any necessary incisions and close them in such a way that the body has the best chance of healing with a thin line in the skin. In addition, the incision is placed in a previous wrinkle if possible. After the operation, topical medication is used to decrease the appearance of the scar.
How do I know my doctor is qualified?
At the minimum, your surgeon should be board certified by a board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (http://www.abms.org/). For cosmetic surgery procedures we believe that is The American Board of Plastic Surgery (http://www.abplsurg.org/). In addition, look to make sure they were trained in a reputable institution (link to our bios), and are members of societies such as The American Society of Plastic Surgery (http://www.plasticsurgery.org/) and/or The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (http://www.surgery.org/index.php). Check the National Practitioner Data Bank ) and the local medical societies ) for complaints. Ask friends for references and then make certain you are comfortable talking to and being around your surgeon. You should be able to find a well qualified doctor without having to put up with poor bed side manner.
What is involved at the first Consultation?
At the initial consultation a history will be taken and a brief examination performed. We will try to understand what is most important to you. After a brief examination we will discuss the various options for you to achieve your goals.