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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.

Is there a "right" age to pursue plastic surgery? 

There isn't any overarching rule as to the right age for plastic surgery. In fact, the appropriateness of a certain procedure should be determined more on a case by case basis, looking at the individual's unique body type and aging process. Of course, there are age tendencies for certain procedures. Facelifts generally are not performed on patients under 30, as mini-lifts or laser procedures might be suggested instead, but this is not a rule. Otoplasty, on the other hand, is appropriate for adults or patients as young as 5 years old.

Is plastic surgery covered by insurance?

Cosmetic Surgery procedures that may be covered by insurance often include rhinoplasty (for breathing problems), tummy tuck surgery (for gastric bypass patients) eyelid surgery (to correct vision problems), breast augmentation for Poland’s syndrome, breast reduction in juvenile hypertrophy.

How much pain is involved in plastic surgery? 

Each plastic surgery procedure carries a different level of discomfort, and requires different methods of anesthetizing. In most situations, the patient's preferences for safety and comfort, as well as personal pain threshold, can help determine what type of anesthesia will be used. Very minor, non-invasive surgeries might involve a topical anesthetic, while minor invasive surgeries may call for local anesthetic or local combined with sedation. In more involved surgery, general anesthesia is usually used.

Is plastic surgery outpatient or inpatient?  

Most plastic surgery procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. In some cases, usually when the surgery is very extensive or complications arise, an overnight stay might be required.

 What is Liposuction?     

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that permanently removes fat from selected areas of the body. Using a special type of local anesthesia known as tumescent anesthesia, which freezes the area to be operated on. “Tumescent" is a medical term which means engorged. The area to be sculpted is engorged with a solution containing lidocaine (an anesthetic )and epinephrine (a blood vessel constricting chemical). Engorging the area allows for easier and more uniform fat removal. The epinephrine reduces blood loss and dramatically minimizes subsequent bruising. The lidocaine eliminates pain during the procedure. For some procedures, a light intravenous sedation may be given for greater patient comfort.

 What Changes liposuction can make?

For those who have failed with dieting and exercise, liposuction is the most effective way to permanently change the shape of your body and improve your figure. Specifically, it is meant to remove areas of disproportionate fat accumulation - areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction is very effective for correcting "saddlebag" hips, flattening bulging abdomens, re-contouring a sagging neck, removing stubborn "love handles", sculpting a more pleasing waistline, reducing facial "jowls", and thinning out fat thighs, knees and legs.

Thigh spacing - Prevents rubbing of thighs after removing the fat from inner sides of thighs.

Stem cells – Obtained from liposuction are used for wound healing, hair growth, breast augmentation, etc.

Fat transfer - For Lipofilling of depressed scars, hypoplastic malar eminences, facial rejuvenation, etc.

Abdominal Etching - To make the abdominal muscles prominent by etching grooves at the tendinous intersections.

Multiple Lipomas - Multiple swellings under the skin which are otherwise left alone for the fear of multiple scars can be removed through a hole.

Breast lift - Sagging of the breast after lactation can be firmed.

Male Breasts – Can be aspirated through a tiny hole.

How Much Fat can be removed?  

Enough fat is removed from each site operated on to give a desirable contour. The actual amount varies from site to site, and person to person. Sometimes as little as one ounce of fat removed from the neck can make a dramatic change in appearance. On the other hand, liposuction of the torso may yield as much as ten liters of fat.

How Soon Before the Results of Liposuction are Noticeable? 

Most people can notice a substantial improvement in their body contour within a day. However, the anesthetic injected to "numb" the sculpted area, which takes about two days to drain and absorb, and post-operative swelling can briefly obscure the results. By six weeks, 90% of the healing and remodelling of the fat compartment operated on and contraction of the skin over this area has occurred. Your new figure at this time is just about what it will be, although improvement can continue for up to 6 months following the procedure.

 Is There Anything Special to do Before and After Surgery? When can I resume my Regular Activities?   

Preoperatively, a medical history and brief physical examination along with some basic tests are required. Patients should avoid certain medications that may cause excessive bleeding, such as aspirin. Postoperatively, patients must wear special garments. These garments are worn for up to a month, depending on the area operated on. Tight but comfortable, they compress the skin over the area liposuctioned, ensuring proper remodelling and skin contraction. Patients can expect to resume regular activities such as work and some light exercise two days after the procedure.

Are There any Complications of Liposuction?  

Tumescent liposuction is one of the safest cosmetic surgical procedures performed. There can be some swelling and bruising of the areas operated on. Rarely, fluid or blood pockets can form under the skin and have to be drained. Other complications such as infection, heavy blood loss or scarring, while possible, rarely occur. Liposuction in the right hands is virtually complication-free!

What is power assisted liposuction  (PAL)?

Power assisted liposuction (PAL) uses a powered cannula which produces tiny, rapid vibrations to break up fat cells. Although the name might imply a rough procedure, power assisted liposuction is actually gentler than traditional liposuction because it allows the surgeon to remove fat with more controlled and precise motions. This type of liposuction causes less discomfort for the patient, can be performed more quickly, and frequently results in the removal of more fat than would be possible with other forms of liposuction.

  What is rhinoplasty?   

Rhinoplasty ( Nose job) 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.

What are the benefits of rhinoplasty?     

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

 What are the risks associated with rhinoplasty?   

As with any surgery, a rhinoplasty procedure does carry some risks. Fortunately, complications are rare and usually minor . Nonetheless, complications may include infection, bleeding, and adverse reaction to anesthesia.

  Am I a good candidate for rhinoplasty?  

Rhinoplasty is ideal for healthy, psychologically stable men and women who are seeking improvement but not perfection in their facial appearance.

 What does a rhinoplasty procedure involve?   

Surgical techniques for reshaping the nose vary. However, a rhinoplasty procedure generally involves the separation of nose skin from its framework of cartilage and bone . This can be done either from an incision inside the nose or through an “open” procedure that requires an external incision in the tissue separating the nostrils.

 How long does it take to recover from rhinoplasty?     

Healing after rhinoplasty is slow and gradual with subtle swelling sometimes persisting for months. However, patients can usually expect to return to work or school within a week or two and to more strenuous activity within two to three weeks.

How long can I expect the results to last?   

With the exception of changes associated with aging, results are permanent.