Frequently Asked Questions
Below you can find the most Frequently Asked Questions to our Physicians. I’ve you have a question which isn’t mentioned here feel free to contact us and we will answer your question as soon as possible.
Frequently asked questions about Medical Aesthetics;
Botox relaxes the muscle under a wrinkle while dermal fillers fill the crease with a substance. Botox will reduce the appearance of new wrinkles while fillers will reduce the appearance of firmly established wrinkles.
It has been proven to be very safe when administered correctly by a professional experienced in botox. Botox is an approved drug used to treat patients for cosmetic wrinkles. Before Botox was discovered for cosmetic purposes, It has and still is used for medical patients with migraines, strabismus (crossed eyed), blepharospasm (eye twitching), cerebral palsy, and Hyperhidrosis (excess sweating). The amount used for wrinkle reduction is less than half of the amount used for these other medical conditions. (Botox is not recommended for women pregnant or breastfeeding).
Most patients say the injections feel similar to a tiny pinch. It also depends on the person injecting you. Our specialists are well known for their light hands and patients love this, it makes the treatment a lot more comfortable.
Botox lasts about three to four months, and the treatment can be repeated as needed. When it wears off, you will begin to notice increased muscle action and some reformation of the wrinkles. It appears that with repeated use, the effect of Botox becomes longer lasting.
No. Your face will never get worse if you stop using Botox or when it wears off. If anything Botox stops and slows the aging process. When you stop getting treatments, the “aging clock” resumes as normal, you will simply return to where you started. If you have been treated with Botox for a few years and then suddenly stopped, your muscles have been trained to relax over the years and will actually look softer then before you started Botox.
No. Our specialists will make sure you get the look you want. Each individual will ask for different results, it’s a personal preference. Some people may request less movement. However, the idea of Botox is to make you look fresher, relaxed and not frozen.
Botox stays local to the muscle where it was injected. Botox is metabolized and breaks down into natural byproducts. It is important to follow your post care instructions that will be discussed in your consultation and again after your treatment.
Side effects post Botox is rare and are NOT permanent. Like any injections using a needle there can be some minor bruising which can easily be covered with makeup, or a mild short term headache. Most patients do not experience any side effects at all. After a Botox treatment a person can expect to resume to their normal routine. (Post care instructions of what to do and what not to do will be discussed).
Frequently asked questions about Aesthetic Surgery;
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 during and after your procedure.
It is a relatively common practice for plastic surgeons in 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 and health. Ultimately, your surgeon will decide whether it is appropriate to include more than one procedure in your operation.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for rest and limited movement to speed up the healing process and recovery time for our surgery patients.
Recovery from plastic surgery is different for each individual, and each procedure requires a different recovery time. Bruises usually disappear within a few days, and most swelling is gone in a matter of weeks.
If you follow our post-operative instructions carefully, you will be able to enjoy your normal activities within no time. Your scars will fade over time but are permanent. We take care to conceal any scars so that they are barely visible, if at all.
The image-enhancing effects of plastic surgery become more evident over time, with certain procedures taking up to a year for your body to fully adjust and settle into its new look. When you come in for your consultation we can discuss your expected recovery period and any post-operative instructions in detail.
This will depend on the type of procedure (the more invasive the procedure, the greater the recovery period), the extent of the procedure, and the healing capacity of the patient (younger patients will heal faster than older patients).
In general for surgical procedures, patients may need assistance for the first couple of days following surgery before being able to do most things on their own but at very, very low impact. A very general rule-of-thumb for the recovery period and when you can get back to work is between 5 to 10 days. To be more specific:
- Liposuction: 5 to 7 days before work
- Eyelid Surgery: 5 to 7 days
- Facelift: 10 to 14 days
- Breast Surgery: 5 to 7 days
- Tummy Tuck: 7 to 14 days
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.
Among the most frequently performed surgeries are; breast augmentation surgery, Rhinoplasty, facelift and blepharoplasty (eyelid correction).
The results of your plastic surgery depend on the procedure you have. In general, results from most plastic surgery procedures are long lasting if a healthy weight and overall healthy lifestyle is maintained.
Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve appearance and self-esteem. Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance because it is elective.
Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. In general, reconstructive surgery is performed to improve function, but may also be completed to approximate a normal appearance.
Reconstructive surgery is typically covered by most health insurance policies, although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly.
This can only be determined after you are evaluated by a plastic surgeon, but any kind of plastic surgery in this area should improve your appearance.
A few patients notice small change in their voice after rhinoplasty but this is uncommon. Professionals who rely on their voice, such as singers, should share any concerns with their surgeon, however, because the nose does play a role in how we sound.
The nose is one of the most prominent features on the face, and Rhinoplasty can be used to reshape this. This operation is one plastic surgery for young adults and older residents, but most doctors recommend that their clients are at least 14 years old. The procedure can provide a more symmetrically shaped nose, and it is also used to eliminate breathing problems in many adults.
The facelift is somewhat more expensive because more surgery is performed. A neck lift is a more limited procedure.
A tummy tuck is the best way to remove the flaccid skin that sags around a person’s midsection, and this can be used in conjunction with liposuction if there is excess fat in the area. There are a few simple incisions made in the pubic area, and the excess skin is removed. The skin is then pulled tight, and this can increase muscle tone in the area as well as remove excessive fat.
It is a common misconception that liposuction is the fastest way of losing weight, simply by sucking all your excess fat away. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The most ideal candidate for liposuction are those who are close to their ideal weight, but have ‘pockets’ of fat that they find difficult to lose. Plus you have to remember that fat does not weigh a lot!
That depends on the individual’s lifestyle. It is of paramount importance that the patient maintains a healthy way of life including a healthy diet and regular exercise. If that is maintained, then the results from liposuction can be quite long lasting. Conversely, the results from liposuction can be wasted in a shorter period of time if the patient does not consciously make an effort to minimize any excessive weight gain.
This depends on the type of procedure taken. If you had a breast augmentation and increased your bra size from a B to a DD, then people may suspect that you have had plastic surgery. But in most regular plastic surgery cases, the changes to your body are not greatly exaggerated so it is quite easy to go by without people knowing you had anything done. They will just notice that you look ‘different’, but can’t pinpoint what it is. The effects of plastic surgery is the most obvious during the recovery phase when you are still healing from the procedure so that area may be swollen, red, and uncomfortable. That is why you should resign yourself to keeping low-key, with a low activity level, so that healing can take place rapidly.
Yes. Will they be noticeable? Probably not. Plastic surgeons make every effort to minimize scars and hide them in natural lines and creases. For the majority of procedures, scars fade over time, becoming barely noticeable.
The cost for an initial consultation with a surgeon is free and is done online. Just send us your photos and tell us desired procedure. We will respond within 48 hours.
Our plastic surgeons are always busy and do occasionally take holidays, however, with clever management of our surgical lists and good relationships with our hospitals, we can often acquire additional surgical lists to meet patient demand in busy times. We work hard to accommodate special date requests for most patients and minimize surgical and consult wait times.
We encourage leisurely walking and light duties following your procedure. At the time of your consultation, we will discuss the type of exercise that you would like to do and how soon you can return to the activity. For fitness enthusiasts, this may mean 10-12 weeks before heavy gym exercise like weights, bouncing or running, sometimes longer.
It is ironic that many surgeons who claim to have low complication rates never actually see their own patients with the surgical complication. Their patients go elsewhere for revision surgery to get it fixed. Our highly experienced group of Plastic Surgeons does revision surgeries and attracts unhappy patients from all over the world.
Other surgeons really know which surgeons do the best work.
There are published plastic surgery industry statistics for rates of infection and complications like Hematoma and Seroma. You will be informed about your risks during your consultation and you will be asked to sign a consent form. Rest assured that we do everything possible to reduce infection and complication rates.
We recommend waiting one year (12 months) after childbirth before having tummy surgery.
For patients that have already had breast reduction surgery at a younger age (primary breast surgery), you can have another breast reduction or breast revision surgery (Called secondary breast surgery) but there are some added risks. Please contact us.
The decision is based on a number of factors, including the patient’s desires, reasons for the surgery and overall health. For example, are you doing it because you feel your breasts are too small relative to your body contour or are you unhappy with the size and firmness of your breasts following pregnancy, breastfeeding or major weight loss? Unevenness between the breasts can also be a motivating factor. Your surgeon can help you make the right decision during your pre-surgical appointment(s).
The answer depends on exactly what type of breast surgery. For safety and better results, it is best to avoid surgery using incisions around the nipple areola complex and avoid having “above the muscle” implant placement. You should also choose an experienced plastic surgeon – not a under qualified ‘cosmetic surgeon’ or physician.
We generally recommend either “below the muscle” implants or making incisions under the breast for best results if you are going to breastfeed children later in life or want the lowest chance of loss of nipple sensation.
Yes, if they are located in the lower abdominal area. The procedure used is an Abdominoplasty, which removes stretch marks, excess skin and fat.