FAQs
   

What procedures do plastic surgeons perform?

How long is the recuperative period and when can I return to work?
When can I resume regular exercise?
What should you know about the safety of plastic surgery?

What is the safe volume for liposuction in a single sitting?

What is a flap?

What is the anesthesia given?

   
Who is a candidate for plastic surgery?
 
The best plastic surgery candidate is someone with realistic expectations and an understanding of the limitations set by medicine, technology, and each patient's own body. Good candidates have a strong self-image, and well-developed reason for pursuing a plastic surgery procedure. They are looking for improvement of a physical trait, knowing that while this positive change may enhance their self-image, it will not change people's perception of them. Dangerous motivations for plastic surgery would be purely doing it to gain popularity, or attempting to reverse recent life crisis.
 
   

What procedures do plastic surgeons perform?

 
Aesthetic (also called cosmetic) problems with the face, neck and trunk, including forehead, eyes, nose, ears, lips, chin, neck, breasts, abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, calves, arms, and skin. Congenital deformities of the hands and face, including clefts of the lip and palate. Benign (non-cancer) and malignant (cancerous) tumors of the head and neck, skin and soft tissues. Traumatic injuries of the bony facial skeleton and hand as well as soft tissue injuries of any part of the body. Surgery of the hand. Surgery of the jaw and facial skeleton. Any type of skin cover and replacement problems. All types of reconstruction following removal of cancer resulting in disfigurement of any part of the body including the face, breasts and trunk.
 
 
What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?
 

Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve the patient's appearance and self-esteem.

Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body, caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is generally performed to improve function, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance
 
   
Will I be able to tolerate the pain post-operatively?
 
Each patient will tolerate pain post-operatively in a different way. While some patients may describe the pain as an ache, others experience greater discomfort. Appropriate pain medications are prescribed for the post-operative patients, and these help minimize discomfort.
 
   
How long is the recuperative period and when can I return to work?
 
The length of time it takes to recuperate after plastic surgery varies depending on the procedure performed and the person operated on. Most patients will require assistance for the first two days.
 
   
When can I resume regular exercise?
 
The time a patient resumes regular exercises varies based on the operation performed. All patients are encouraged to start a slow walking routine on the second postoperative day. Regular aerobic and more vigorous activities are not allowed during the first 2 weeks in order to decrease the risks of bleeding, swelling, and bruising. Weight lifting and contact sports are allowed at one month in most cases.
 
   
What should you know about the safety of plastic surgery?
 

When considering plastic surgery, it’s natural to focus more on the expected result than on the surgical process. However, to be fully informed, it’s important to learn about the safety of the procedure as well as the expected outcome. Although thousands of people have plastic surgery every year without complications, no surgical procedure is risk-free.

No matter how skilled, how much experience or how well trained your plastic surgeon is, like general surgery, plastic surgery carries some risk. This includes infection, bleeding, blood clots, bad reactions to anesthesia, and others. As a patient, it is your responsibility to strictly follow both the pre surgery and post surgery instructions, given to you by your plastic surgeon. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will discuss the possible complications with you. Complications are uncommon, but patients typically appreciate the information ahead of time. Because smoking increases the chances of developing a complication and slows the healing process, you will need to stop smoking two weeks before a surgical procedure and four weeks afterwards.
 
   

What is the safe volume for liposuction in a single sitting?

 
Due to recent advances in technique and technology, serious medical complications in liposuction are quite rare. However, the risk of complications increases with the number of areas treated and the amount of fat removed. A liposuction procedure is classified as "large volume" when 6,000 cc or more of fat and fluid are removed.
 
   
Will I have a scar after plastic surgery?
 
Scarring is inevitable consequence of healing, however a very fine lined scar placed in the correct orientation may be virtually invisible. A plastic surgeon spends years trying to master techniques to place scars in the most desirable location. Plastic surgeons will try to make incisions in areas that will not show, like under undergarments or along natural creases. Scars will normally fade over time, but certain areas of the body such as the back and chest, produce more severe scarring regardless of the technique used for reconstruction and closure. The severity of the scarring varies from person to person.
 
   
Does plastic surgery always involve skin grafting?
 
Skin grafting is only used when it is the best way of closing a wound or defect. A qualified plastic surgeon uses judgment to decide the best way of reconstructing a defect. A skin graft may appear to have poor color match and texture compared to the native skin, but with careful selection of a skin graft donor site these problems may be minimized.
 
   

What is a flap?

 
A flap, consists of a segment of skin, underlying subcutaneous tissue and/or muscle and/ or bone which is shifted from one area to an open wound or defect for coverage of that wound. The word pedicle means that the blood supply to the flap is never divided. When the blood supply is completely divided and reattached this is called a free flap, and requires specialized skill in micro vascular surgery.
 
   

What is the anesthesia given?

  Depending on the procedure and the patient the anesthesia can be either local/regional or general.
 
   
 
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