Plastic Surgery FAQ
What is the fee for a consultation?
Cosmetic consultations are complimentary for visits that are not covered by insurance.
What can I expect during the consultation?
Your surgeon will provide a thorough consultation before beginning any procedure. We are here for you. Please take the time to tell your surgeon about your expectations and goals. He/she will describe your treatment options and the risks and limitations of each. It is important to tell your surgeon if you smoke, and/or you take any medications, vitamins or other drugs. Please also discuss if you have had previous surgeries or an injury to the area.
As with any procedure, there are risks associated with surgery and specific complications for each procedure. Your surgeon will discuss the possible risks and complications in your consultation. He/she will also explain the type of anesthesia to be used, the type of facility where the surgery will be performed and the costs involved. Most insurance companies generally do not cover the cost of procedures that are not considered medically necessary. Some procedures are done for reconstructive purposes to correct a problem or deformity and may be covered by your insurance. Be sure to check with your insurer, and obtain pre-authorization for your surgery.
Keep in mind that some procedures are not guaranteed to last a lifetime. You may need future surgery to maintain or regain the original results. Your surgeon can discuss this with you to make sure you are fully informed.
How do I choose a qualified plastic surgeon?
Make sure that the surgeon you consult with is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the only boards recognized to certify plastic surgeons.
While we are dedicated to the highest standards of patient care and surgical excellence, choosing a plastic surgeon is a very personal decision.
During the consultation you should be feeling the formation of a trusting patient-physician relationship.
You need confidence in the surgeon you choose and the above certifications ensure the most extensive, broad and complete training of plastic surgery procedures on all areas of the body.
What is the cost of plastic surgery?
While surgical and hospital fees for medical and functional problems are often covered by insurance, fees for cosmetic, elective procedures are the responsibility of the patient.
The cost will vary depending on the procedure and if multiple procedures are performed at the same time.
We have negotiated very favorable pricing packages at several surgical centers for our cosmetic patients.
We are prepared to offer you a package rate on most of our cosmetic procedures; this includes a set fee for the surgeon, surgical suite and anesthesia.
Where is surgery performed?
Our surgeries are performed at hospitals and surgical centers that meet state certification requirements and adhere to a strict set of medical guidelines for these certifications.
These facilities provide trained operating personnel, with rigorous standards for sterility and safety protocols and additional backup support.
We prefer that your anesthetic be administered by an anestheologist or nurse anesthetist as we are then able to concentrate solely on the procedure to be performed.
Your safety and comfort are our highest priority.
How long is surgical recovery time?
Surgical recovery time depends on the procedure performed. The time may range from a day to several weeks.
You may resume normal activities, exercise and sports upon the advice of your surgeon.
Will I be left with a scar?
Yes, anytime the tissue is cut and this includes a surgical incision, the body forms scar tissue.
While we cannot always predict ahead of time or control how you will heal, your surgeon will advise you on how to help minimize the amount of scar formation.
When may I schedule surgery?
You may schedule your procedure with our surgery scheduler as soon as you feel ready to proceed.
We will try our best to work with you in accommodating your schedule.
We will see you again about two weeks prior to surgery to again review your goals, review the procedure and the postoperative course.
How do I prepare for surgery?
Your surgeon will give you instructions to prepare for surgery. These instructions will include guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications for a specific time before surgery. Some tests may be recommended prior to your procedure, such as a mammogram with breast procedures. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure to be performed, and any risks and potential complications of your surgery. If you do not understand something or have any questions, please ask your surgeon. We will be happy to answer your questions.
Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days, if needed.
What can I expect following surgery?
You will most likely feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery. Your surgeon may prescribe medication to help control most of your discomfort. He/she will also give you a detailed explanation of what to expect based on your procedure. This will include specific instructions on healing and activity level.
It is important that you follow-up as directed with your surgeon. He/she will assess your condition and healing process.
We are here to make your procedure or surgery as comfortable as possible for you. We will walk you through the process and be available to answer any questions along the way.