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Frequent Asked Questions


Is cosmetic surgery painful?

Patients tolerate postoperative pain in different ways.  Appropriate pain medications that minimize discomfort are prescribed for postoperative patients.


How long will my results last?

There is no precise answer to this question.  Surgery does not affect the ongoing aging process which is largely dependent upon genetics.  What cosmetic surgery does is turn back the clock.  Unfortunately, aging is inevitable.  Although with cosmetic surgery, you are able to continue to look more youthful and in shape.


What kind of anesthesia is used?

We perform surgery under most types of anesthesia:  local anesthesia, intravenous sedation (“twilight”), general anesthesia, and regional anesthesia (nerve blocks).  The method of anesthesia used is based on the patient and surgeon’s preference.


Will I be able to breast feed after breast enlargement surgery?

Yes.  Breast augmentation should not affect your ability to breast feed.


Are there risks involved in breast augmentation surgery?

Every surgical procedure entails some risk.  Those associated with this type of surgery are infection, changes in the sensitivity of the breast, and scar contracture.  These and other complications rarely occur and can usually be avoided.  Thousands of women undergo breast augmentation successfully each year and are very satisfied with their outcome.


What type of implants do you use for breast augmentation?

The saline implants (filled with sterile saline solution) used for breast augmentation surgery are available in both round and teardrop shapes.  They also come in both smooth and textured styles.  We will explain which implant type would give you the best results possible in your case.

My breasts sag but are not large.  What can be done?

If the sagging is not severe, a “nipple lift” can be performed.  The excess skin is removed after making an incision around the outside of the areola (the pigmented skin around the nipple).  The resulting scar is confined to the area where the pigmented skin meets the normal skin at the edge of the areola.

In cases of more severe sagging, a procedure similar to breast reduction may be performed by removing skin only – not breast tissue – to result in a more youthful shape. Breast lifting is an excellent alternative to breast implants for many patients.


Do the implants have to be changed after several years?

No, as long as there are no problems with the implants, they should not have to be replaced. We only use implants that have a warranty for life from the manufacturer.


What if the implant ruptures?

Today’s saline implants are more durable than ever. Although risk of rupture is extremely small, if this should happen, the implant deflates as your body absorbs the saline. There is absolutely no health hazard in those rare situations. The implant can be easily replaced with minimal discomfort.All implants that we use carry a warranty from the manufacturer. Our office staff would be happy to discuss the warranty details with you.

I don’t like the tip of my nose. What can I do?

If you like your profile and the tip of your nose is too wide, prominent, projects too much or droops, it can be corrected. Rhinoplasty is an excellent procedure for the nasal tip when it droops with age.

Am I ready for a face lift?

Skin and facial tissue that sag along with aging can give you an appearance of tiredness or anger even when you are feeling happy and energetic. Jowls and drooping skin around the neck cause you to appear heavy. With facial rejuvenation, you appear rested, healthy and more youthful. The idea is to look better, not different.Often a mini-lift can be performed instead of a full face lift. The mini-lift is limited to the lower portion of the face, correcting jowl and neck problems, while the traditional face lift includes the upper part of the face as well. Some patients opt to combine a face lift with other procedures, such as eyelid surgery, or skin resurfacing to achieve a full effect.

Will I look natural after my surgery?

The techniques we use create a natural, non-surgical appearance. Every effort is made to improve your appearance in the most natural view.

When can I begin to exercise?

The nature of the procedure performed determines when a patient may resume physical exercise. All patients are encouraged to start a slow walking routine and hold off on anything more strenuous until after consulting with the Doctors.


Is there a right age for cosmetic surgery?

There is no ideal age to have cosmetic surgery. The time to have an elective procedure is when the desired change will justify the time, effort and cost involved. Another factor to take into consideration is the potential length of time to enjoy the benefits. For example, if an individual has a facelift earlier in life, the rewards of this surgery can be enjoyed for a greater period of time.

When can I go back to work?

The length of time for recuperation after cosmetic surgery varies depending on the procedure. Most patients will require assistance for a day or so before being able to care for themselves. We will discuss your postoperative care and recovery in detail. Patients can usually return to work fairly soon after surgery.

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