Since 1985, I have been performing cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures including breast augmentation and lifts, liposuction, tummy tucks, facelifts, and blepharoplasty. I also inject BOTOX® Cosmetic and JUVÉDERM®. One of the questions that comes up is in seminars and consults is involved in getting plastic surgery? What do I have to do and what will happen during the process?” The following are answers that will explain the “nuts and bolts” of the experience.
- What types of consultations are available for a procedure?
First of all you need to determine what it is that you are interested in. What bothers you? If you are just thinking about changing something in your appearance and want to find out what is available or ask general questions, we offer a pre-consultation. This 30-minute visit with one of my office staff will get you information, brochures and a general price range for a procedure. If you want to find out whether you are a candidate for procedure and how much it will cost, we have a consult in which I will answer questions specific to you, give you a complete quote and look at available dates.
- What appointments are necessary before a procedure?
In most all cases you will be required to visit us about a week before your procedure to have a pre-surgery examination. This will include blood work, urine analysis, listening to your lungs and heart and answering your last minute questions. If you are getting breast augmentation, you will also have an appointment for sizing of the implants. These appointments all take place at my office.
- Are there any prerequisites to surgery?
If you are having breast augmentation and are over 35 you will need to have had a mammogram at least 1 year before your surgery date. If you are having an upper or lower eyelids procedure, you will need to have had an eye exam. In some operations with anesthesia, an EKG within the past 6 months may be necessary.
- What about follow-ups after a procedure?
It is as important that you receive post-surgery care as it is to be prepared for the operation. The first 24 hours after a procedure are the most important. In most cases I will see you the next day in my office. Also, usually I will want to see you the next week to see how you are progressing and remove sutures. I will then follow your progress for the next 6 months. This is one reason that I feel it is very important to have your surgery locally and not compromise this most important care.
- What should I look for in a Plastic Surgeon?
The first thing you should look for is that he or she is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. A little known fact is that all people doing cosmetic procedures or performing surgeries are not truly plastic surgeons. Board certification in plastic surgery shows that your doctor is involved deeply in these types of treatments. Secondly, make sure that your surgeon has taken the next step by belonging to groups such as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society for Plastic Surgery. These groups have requirements for the conduct and policies of a physician that further protect you as a patient. After that you should look for a surgeon with whom you are comfortable and who answers your questions to your satisfaction. Ask to see before and after pictures for the procedure. Ask to talk to someone who has had the procedure. Don’t let the physician tell you what you need but ask what can be done about the condition that bothers you.
- What else do you offer besides surgery?
Treating the patient does not just end with cosmetic procedures that moves the skin around. Sometimes you need to treat the quality of the skin itself. This is why I have trained an aesthetician to do skin care. This includes Biomedic Micro-Peels (the lunchtime facial peels), micro-dermabrasion, silk peel, Intense Pulsed light, Isolaze and Fraxel® Laser Resurfacing. We also have the medical strength skin care products that improve the quality of the skin.