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Choosing plastic and reconstructive surgery is a personal choice and one that is not made lightly. You may have many reservations and concerns. During your consultation is an excellent time to discuss those questions regarding your procedure, but our providers are always available to ensure your questions are answered and you feel confident and knowledgeable about your upcoming procedure. Below are those questions that we find most common, but please feel free to call us at 727.270.9927 for any additional questions you may have. We look forward to speaking with you! 

Is plastic surgery safe?

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 experience exceptional.. 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.

How do I know if plastic surgery is right for me?

There are several important factors to consider when answering this question. One of the most important factors is your physical and emotional health andwell being. Being in good health greatly reduces the risk of complications occurring during surgery and leads to a speedy recovery. Equally important is having realistic expectations and appropriate motivation. People who have plastic surgery generally find that the surgery enhances their overall appearance and self-esteem. Set reasonable goals as to the result you wish to achieve and be prepared to thoroughly discuss these goals during your initial consult.

Can I have several procedures performed simultaneously?

It is possible for a plastic surgeon 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.

We always consider multiple factors, including: which procedures are going to be performed and the extent of the surgery, length of surgery and operating room time, including general anesthesia, your age general health, as well as expected postoperative recovery (ambulation, pain, etc). Ultimately, the surgeon decides whether or not it is appropriate to include more than one procedure in your operation. At your consultation, these questions can be answered and a more detailed discussion can take place.

Does it matter how old I am?

People of all ages have taken advantage of the image-enhancement offered by plastic surgery. However, 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. By taking into consideration the appropriate precautions, we are committed to making your plastic surgery experience a successful one.

What happens during my initial consultation?

During your consultation we will discuss your desired changes and expectations, review your medical history and current health, and make an assessment on whether the procedure(s) in question are right for you. This is a good time to ask specific questions about the procedure so that you are fully prepared, mentally and emotionally, for surgery. We will discuss the possible results that can be achieved. When a final decision is made, you will need to sign an informed consent stating that you are fully aware and understand what your pending operation entails, including the potential complications and secondary effects.

How long will it take to recover from surgery?

The length of recovery varies with each procedure and is different for each individual. Bruises usually disappear within a few days to weeks, and most swelling is gone in a matter of weeks. Best results are achieved when a postoperative regimen is followed carefully. Your scars will fade over time but are permanent. We take care to attempt 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. Revisions are addressed after one year to ensure optimal tissue healing.

Will my insurance cover the surgery?

Insurance providers generally cover costs for reconstructive surgery but not for cosmetic surgery. For example, insurance providers will often pay for breast augmentation to reconstruct a breast following a mastectomy; breast reduction to remedy back pain caused by heavy breasts; eyelid surgery to remove sagging skin that blocks vision; nose surgery to allow for a patient to breathe better; or tummy tucks to remedy the vertical separation of abdomen muscles known as diastasis. Insurance providers are required by law to cover breast reconstruction surgery and any cosmetic operations necessary to create symmetry in either breast. If your surgery is covered by insurance, pre-certification is required. We will be happy to assist you with the process.

Are breast implants safe?

The issue of breast implant safety has been a hot topic throughout the last few decades. As a result, more stringent standards have emerged in order to protect patients. Breast implants currently on the market include silicone shell implants filled with a saline solution and silicone filled implants. Breast augmentation with gel filled implants have been approved for women at least 22 years of age. More recently, a wide array of implant sizes and styles have been FDA approved to address a variety of breast shapes and sizes, and optimally shape an individual’s breast. Round implants can provide fullness in the upper portion of the breast as well as across the width of the breast. Shaped implants provide a different profile, featuring more fullness in the lower portion of the breast.

Your plastic surgeon can discuss which best meet your individual needs. Rarely, an implant will rupture or leak. With saline implants, the saline is safely absorbed into the body. Silicone gel implants may rupture or minimally leak (bleed/diffuse) through the implant shell, even if there is no obvious tear. Implants can rupture any time after surgery and are not intended to be lifetime devices. For this reason an annual clinical follow up is recommended to evaluate breast implant integrity and tissue changes over time. If rupture or leaking is detected early, the implant can be easily replaced.

Other possible complications from breast implant surgery may include blood clotting or pooling, overly sensitive breasts or loss of sensation in the breasts, and capsular contracture (a hardening of the tissues surrounding the implant). Our team is dedicated to ensuring your operation goes smoothly. We take every precaution necessary to reduce the possibility of any complications.