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Your Guide to Cosmetic Surgery: 17 Plastic Surgery FAQs Is
Your Guide to Cosmetic Surgery: 17 Plastic Surgery FAQs
Are you thinking about having a cosmetic procedure, but not entirely sure what you
could be getting yourself into? Every patient has questions about what to expect.
To better address your concerns, the health care team at Four Peaks Plastic
Surgery has created this list of some of the most frequently asked questions about
plastic and cosmetic surgery. You’ll find answers to the following questions in this
guide:
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Is cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery the same thing?
What areas of the body can cosmetic procedures treat?
What are the most popular cosmetic surgeries?
Why choose a board certified cosmetic surgeon?
Am I an eligible candidate for a cosmetic procedure?
Am I too young/old for cosmetic surgery?
Is cosmetic surgery performed in a hospital?
Will my procedure be done under general anesthesia?
Is cosmetic surgery safe?
What risks are associated with cosmetic surgery?
How can I prepare for my procedure?
What should I do the night before and day of the procedure?
What is the recovery process like?
How long will it be before I can return to work?
Will this be an inpatient or outpatient procedure?
How much does cosmetic surgery cost?
Does insurance cover plastic surgery?
Can’t find an answer to your question? Contact Four Peaks Plastic Surgery at 480968-2945, or ask Dr. Faibisoff your questions directly during your free
consultation. Schedule a consultation today!
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Is cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery the same thing?
No. Though the terms are often used interchangeably, they have two distinct
meanings. Cosmetic surgery refers to a procedure that is done to enhance
appearance through surgical techniques. The area treated in a cosmetic procedure
is fully functional, but does not have the aesthetic look that the patient desires.
Plastic surgery, on the other hand, refers to a reconstructive surgical procedure
that is done to repair an area of the body that has been affected by some form of
trauma (such as a burn), disease, or birth disorder. Though plastic surgery corrects
dysfunction, it may also improve appearances.
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One reason for the confusion about cosmetic and plastic may be that the same type
of procedure could be either “cosmetic” or “plastic,” depending on the patient’s
situation. For example, a reduction mammaplasty done for aesthetic reasons may
be “cosmetic,” while the same procedure, when performed to alleviate back pain,
may be “plastic/reconstructive.” Of course, many patients may have both aesthetic
and medical reasons for choosing to have certain surgical procedures.
What areas of the body can cosmetic procedures treat?
Cosmetic surgery can be used to treat many areas of the body, including (but not
limited to) the neck, face (chin, ears, nose, eyebrows, eyelids, forehead, cheeks),
breasts, chest, arms, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, inner knees, calves, and
ankles. Have a different area of the body in mind? Just ask your surgeon for more
information about services at Four Peaks Plastic Surgery.
What are the most popular cosmetic surgeries?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports the most popular cosmetic
surgical, cosmetic minimally invasive, and reconstructive procedures.
Top 5 Cosmetic Surgical Procedures
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Breast augmentation
Nose reshaping
Eyelid Surgery
Facelift
Top 5 Cosmetic Minimally Invasive Procedures
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Botulinum toxin type A
Soft tissue fillers
Chemical peel
Laser hair removal
Microdermabrasion
Top 5 Reconstructive Procedures
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Tumor removal
Laceration repair
Maxillofacial surgery
Scar revision
Hand surgery
(Most recent statistics available from 2012.)
Why choose a board certified cosmetic surgeon?
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Board certified cosmetic surgeons have to go through comprehensive written and
oral exams in order receive certification. In order to be eligible to take these
exams, the physician must have graduated from an accredited medical school and
completed at least five years of additional training as a resident surgeon – two
years of which must be devoted exclusively to the practice of plastic surgery. Going
through the board certification procedure is voluntary and not required for
practicing cosmetic surgery.
By choosing a board certified cosmetic surgeon, you can have peace of mind that
your surgeon is highly trained, knowledgeable, and certified by an independent
medical board. Dr. Burt Faibisoff is certified by The American Board of Plastic
Surgery (ABPS), which is the only board recognized by the American Board of
Medical Specialties (ABMS) to certify “in the full spectrum of the specialty of plastic
surgery of the entire body.”
Am I an eligible candidate for a cosmetic procedure?
Good candidates for cosmetic surgery are usually healthy, have reasonable body
image expectations, and are aware of/can accept the risks that may be associated
with the procedure. For certain cosmetic procedures, it is also important that the
patient has a stabilized weight close to their ideal weight. In the weeks leading up
to your procedure, your cosmetic surgeon may require you to:
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Quit smoking.
Stop taking herbal supplements (including vitamins and minerals) and antiinflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen)
Patients who smoke, drink alcohol excessively, or have a major health issue, such
as hypertension, diabetes, a bleeding disorder, depression, or heart disease may
not be good candidates for cosmetic surgery. Only a physician can tell you if you
are an eligible candidate for a procedure. To learn more, schedule a free
consultation at Four Peaks Plastic Surgery by calling 480-968-2945.
Am I too young/old for cosmetic surgery?
This is another question that is best addressed by your surgeon. However, there
are no age guidelines for many cosmetic procedures. Some procedures and types of
implants are regulated by the FDA. For example, a patient must be at least 18 in
order to get saline breast implants, and at least 22 in order to get silicone breast
implants. Concerning old age, many patients in their 60s, 70s, and beyond may
benefit from facial rejuvenation and other cosmetic procedures!
Is cosmetic surgery performed in a hospital?
Dr. Faibisoff performs many cosmetic procedures in Mountain Vista Medical Center
(in East Mesa). Learn more about our hospital. Many patients find that having the
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procedure performed in a hospital brings an added sense of security. Depending on
the hospital, your surgical team may have immediate access to additional facilities
and healthcare professionals in the very rare event of a complication. Also, the fact
that your cosmetic surgeon is performing the procedure in a hospital means that an
accredited healthcare institution is confident in granting privileges to your surgeon.
Will my procedure be done under general anesthesia?
Cosmetic surgery may be performed under local, regional, or general anesthesia. In
some cases, intravenous sedation may be given as an alternative for anesthesia.
Your surgeon can tell you more about what type of sedation is optimal for your
procedure.
Is cosmetic surgery safe?
There is always some level of risk with any cosmetic surgery. As a patient, you can
reduce your potential risk by only having a cosmetic procedure performed by an
experienced, board certified, plastic surgeon. Also, it’s important to have your
surgical procedure at an accredited facility.
Furthermore, follow your surgeon’s post-operative self-care guidelines and attend
all follow-up care appointments. At Four Peaks Plastic Surgery, patients who take
charge in their recovery can achieve some of the best possible outcomes.
What risks are associated with cosmetic surgery?
Like any surgical procedure, your cosmetic surgery may pose some risks to your
health. These risks may include:
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Infection at the incision site, which could result in more dramatic scars
and/or require follow-up surgery
Anesthesia-related complications (pneumonia, blood clots, and death in very
rare cases)
Fluid build-up beneath the skin
Bleeding
Scarring
Tissue necrosis (death), which may occur if the blood supply is blocked or
limited in a certain area
Numbness/nerve damage
You can help reduce your risk for certain post-op complications by choosing an
accredited, board certified cosmetic surgeon and following your surgeon’s pre- and
post-op guidelines. Ask your surgeon for more information.
How can I prepare for my procedure?
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Your surgeon and health care team will go over everything you need to know to
prepare for your cosmetic procedure. Specific guidelines will vary depending on the
type of procedure you’re having. Always follow the instructions provided by your
physician’s office. General guidelines for preparing for cosmetic surgery:
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If you smoke, quit smoking at least six weeks before surgery so as to reduce
the risk of medical complications and interference with healing.
Quit the use of any non-prescribed supplements, such as vitamins, herbal
products, and minerals, at least one week before your procedure.
Let your surgeon know about any and all medications or supplements that
you take.
Ask your surgeon if you should avoid anti-inflammatory drugs, such as
ibuprofen, during and after your procedure.
What should I do the night before and day of the procedure?
Again, it’s important to follow the instructions you receive from your surgeon.
General guidelines include:
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No eating or drinking after midnight the day before your procedure.
Showering with an antibacterial soap.
No shaving or moisturizer at the surgical area.
Wear minimal or no makeup.
Don’t wear any jewelry or bring any valuables.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing that buttons up the front.
Arrive at least an hour early for your procedure.
What is the recovery process like?
The recovery process is different from patient to patient. Most patients will go home
the day of their procedure. You may be given a prescription for pain medications.
Your health care team at Four Peaks Plastic Surgery will provide you with
instructions for changing bandages and cleaning incision sites (if applicable) prior to
your procedure. Follow these instructions closely for the best possible outcome.
Patients who have had an abdominoplasty, breast augmentation, or any other
procedure that tightens the muscles may need assistance getting around the first
few days. The important thing about recovery is to not push yourself too hard. Also,
be patient as incision scars heal. Scars may take a year or more to recede and
fade.
How long will it be before I can return to work?
This also varies from patient to patient. Depending on the procedure, you may need
to wait anywhere from a few days to five or six weeks or more. Procedures that
involve muscle tissues may require a longer period away from work. Ask your
surgeon for more information.
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Will this be an inpatient or outpatient procedure?
Most cosmetic procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, which usually
means that the patient goes home the day of the procedure. In some cases, a
cosmetic procedure may be done on an inpatient basis, meaning the patient spends
the night in the hospital and returns home the next day or at some later point.
Inpatient cosmetic procedures are usually for patients who live alone and cannot
get assistance, patients who have had multiple procedures, and/or patients who
have developed complications as a result of their procedure.
How much does cosmetic surgery cost?
The cost of cosmetic surgery can vary widely, as many factors are involved,
including the surgeon fee, hospital fee, anesthesiologist fee, prosthetic/implant
cost, and more. You cannot assume the cost of your procedure will be the same as
the cost of another patient’s similar procedure. Your surgeon may discuss cost with
you during your consultation.
Does insurance cover plastic surgery?
In most cases, no, cosmetic surgery is not covered by insurance. Reconstructive
plastic surgery may be covered by insurance if the insurance company considers
the procedure medically necessary. Your surgeon may be able to provide some
insight into your insurance situation.
For more information about cosmetic surgery, contact Four Peaks Plastic Surgery at
480-968-2945.
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