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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the difference between Cosmetic and Reconstructive surgery?

Typically, the difference exists in the purpose of surgery. Cosmetic surgery performed with the primary goal of improving one's appearance. Reconstructive surgery is performed to improve personal health, body function or alleviate disease and is often considered medically necessary.

2. What benefits does Reconstructive surgery provide?

Medically necessary reconstructive surgery provides obvious health benefits . But even reconstructive surgery considered optional can help patients rid themselves of physical abnormalities. Reconstructive surgery has also been known to provide patients with higher self-esteem and confidence.

3. Does Reconstructive surgery have possible risks and complications?

All surgeries have risks. The specific risks will vary based on the particular reconstructive surgery performed. In general, reconstructive surgery poses a low risk of infection, problems related to anesthesia, excessive bleeding, bruising, slowed healing of the wound and additional surgical problems. Potential complications increase based on the patient's personal health history.

4. How long does it take to recover from Reconstructive surgery?

Most reconstructive surgery procedures require one to two weeks for healing . However, recovery time also depends on the patient and specific reconstructive surgery performed. Some patients are able to return to a normal routine immediately after a reconstructive surgery procedure, while others require several weeks to retain a normal level of functioning. In some cases, the final results are not clears for months.

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5. Does Reconstructive surgery leave any visible scarring?

When reconstructive surgery requires incisions, scarring is an inevitable side effect of the procedure. However, reconstructive surgeons are specially trained to minimize scar size and place them in inconspicuous locations.

6. What is hair transplant surgery?

A hair transplant is a surgical process of relocating the patient's existing hair to thinning or balding regions.

7. What are the benefits of hair transplant surgery?

Because the donor hair is transplanted from areas not susceptible to balding, the results last a lifetime.

8. Would I be a good candidate for hair transplant surgery?

An ideal candidate for a hair transplant is a healthy man or woman with realistic goals in combating hair loss. The potential hair transplant recipient should also have healthy hair growth in possible donor areas.

9. How long does it take to recover from hair transplant surgery?

In a day, the bandages will be removed during a follow-up visit. By the first week the sutures should be completely healed and the grafts naturally in place. To achieve desired results, more hair transplant procedures may be necessary with a buffer of a few months between sessions to allow for healing.

10. Are there complications or risks for a hair transplant?

Very few risks accompany a hair transplant. Infection is rare and easily avoidable if the post-operation instructions are followed and can be treated with antibiotics if it does occur. Scaring is inevitable, but usually the surgery leaves only virtually invisible marks.

11. What is liposuction?

Liposuction, also referred to as lipoplasty or suction-assisted lipectomy, is a surgical procedure that recontours the body by removing excess fat from specific areas, including the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, upper arms, chin, and neck.

12. What are the risks associated with liposuction surgery?

All surgery involves some risk. Potential complications may include infection, bleeding, a symmetry or poor healing, skin pigmentation changes, and/or reaction to anesthesia.

13. How long is the recovery period?

The recovery period usually lasts from four weeks to six months , depending on the patient and the extent of the procedure . Swelling typically subsides after a week while bruising may last three weeks or longer. Usually patients can return to work after a week or two and resume more strenuous physical activity after two to four weeks.

14. Are the results of liposuction permanent?

The results of liposuction are usually permanent with a sensible diet and exercise. If the patient gains weight post-liposuction, the fat is usually distributed to other areas of the body.

15. What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck - also known by its medical term abdominoplasty “is the surgical process of removing excessive fat and skin from a patient's lower and middle abdomen. A tummy tuck is also used to tighten the abdominal wall muscles. This body contouring procedure is an excellent way to rid oneself of stubborn fat in the mid section that does not respond to diet and exercise.

16. What are the benefits of a tummy tuck?

Because a tummy tuck extracts fat tissue and sagging skin, the procedure can produce a dramatically flatter and firm stomach and a slimmer waistline . This is one of the most popular plastic surgical procedures available. Most patients are satisfied with the results of a tummy tuck and report a stronger self-image.

17. Is anesthesia used during the tummy tuck procedure?

Yes, The surgeon will provide the patient with choices of anesthesia “administered by IV or gas "prior to the tummy tuck surgery. The choices will be discussed in detail with your tummy tuck surgeon beforehand.

18. Are there risks and complications to a tummy tuck?

As with any major surgery, there are some risks associated with tummy tuck surgery. Though rare tummy tuck surgery poses the risk of blood clots, infection and noticeably lose areas of skin following tummy tuck surgery. Poor healing could potentially lead to a second tummy tuck operation. To avoid further possible complications any plans of future weight loss or pregnancy should be discussed before the tummy tuck procedure. A competent and qualified surgeon will do everything to mitigate the risk of tummy tuck side effects.

19. Will I have a scar after the tummy tuck?

Scarring is inevitable . The tummy tuck procedure will produce a permanent scar at the site of incision. The size of the scar will depend on the procedure chosen.

20. What is a facelift?

Technically known as rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure that smoothes loose skin on the face and neck, tightens underlying tissues and muscles, and removes excess fat.

21. What are the benefits of a facelift procedure?

A facelift can help to minimize visible signs of aging and enhance self-confidence by making the patient look younger and fresher.

22. What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery performed to reshape the nose by reducing or increasing its size, removing a hump, changing the shape of the tip or bridge, or narrowing nostril span.

23. What are the benefits of rhinoplasty?

Benefits of rhinoplasty can range from improved breathing to enhanced appearance and self-confidence.

24. What is breast augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure, in which a qualified surgeon will insert a saline or silicone implant under the breast tissue or under the chest muscle, increasing the size of the breast. Breast implants can be inserted through an incision underneath the breast, in the periareolar (nipple) or the inframammary (incision in crease between the chest and breast). Implants can also be inserted through the belly button.

25. Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation?

Ideal candidates for breast augmentation may be women who wish to increase the size of their breasts for a number of reasons including

  • Women who feel their breast size is too small or disproportionate to their body.
  • Women who have developed uneven breasts and would like to achieve symmetry.
  • Women who have lost a large amount of weight and their breasts have shrunken.
  • Women whose breast size and shape changed after pregnancy .
26. What is breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery, medically referred to as reduction mammaplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure intended to reduce large breasts as well as to make them more symmetrical and proportioned to the rest of the body.

27. Am I a good candidate for a breast reduction?

The best candidates for breast reduction surgery are women whose breasts have fully developed and who are experiencing physical discomfort due to their breast size.

28. What are the benefits of breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery can remedy a number of problems associated with enlarged breasts, including : back and neck pain, shoulder strain, poor posture, skin irritation and infection, shortness of breath, difficulty participating in sports or other recreational activities, difficulty fitting clothes, social/sexual embarrassment.

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