Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty involving the restoration, reconstruction, or alteration of the human body. It includes cosmetic or aesthetic surgery, reconstructive surgery, craniofacial surgery, hand surgery, microsurgery, and the treatment of burns.
Cosmetic surgeries are procedures performed by the Plastic Surgeon to enhance your appearance or make you look younger.
Reconstructive Surgeries are performed to repair, restore or reattach body parts severed in accidents, to perform skin grafts after severe burns, or to reconstruct parts of the body that were damaged in injuries or correct birth defects such as cleft lip and palate.
If you’re considering cosmetic or reconstructive plastic surgery, please ask your plastic surgeon for further information about the procedure and what you can expect from them. Cosmetic surgery is safe when the patient is carefully selected, the operating facility is properly equipped and the surgeon is adequately trained.
Is plastic surgery safe?
All surgical procedures are accompanied by a certain degree of risk, whether the procedures are for medical or cosmetic reasons. The treating team is dedicated to making your operation go smoothly. After carefully reviewing your medical history and current health condition a decision is made if it’s safe for you to proceed with surgery.
It is important that you fully disclose all pertinent information so that the doctor is able to make an accurate assessment of the risks involved. We will take every precaution necessary to reduce the possibility of any complications during and after the procedure.
How do I know if plastic surgery is right for me?
Several important factors come into play when deciding whether plastic surgery is the right option for you. One of the most important factors is your health. Being in good health greatly reduces the risk of complications occurring during surgery and leads to a speedy recovery.
Next, you need to ask yourself what your motivations are. People who have plastic surgery generally find that it enhances their overall appearance and self-esteem.
Third, you should have realistic expectations. Plastic surgery is both a science and an art, neither of which are perfect. Set reasonable goals as to the result you wish to achieve and be prepared to thoroughly discuss these goals during your initial consultation.
Does it matter how old I am?
Due to the variety of procedures available in plastic surgery, there can be no blanket rule on age, although age will be taken into consideration when planning your operation. People of all ages have taken advantage of the image enhancement offered by plastic surgery. There are even procedures appropriate for young children!
It is important to realize the limitations of plastic surgery. Plastic surgery cannot fix every situation or reverse the aging process.
How long will it take to recover from my surgery?
Generally, post-operative instructions call for rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time for our surgery patients. Recovery from plastic surgery is different for each individual, and each procedure requires a different recovery time. Bruises usually disappear within a few days, and most swelling is gone in a matter of weeks.
If you follow our post-operative instructions carefully, you will be able to enjoy your normal activities within no time. Your scars will fade over time but are permanent. Care is taken 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, discuss your expected recovery period and any post-operative instructions in detail.
Can I have several procedures performed simultaneously?
It is a relatively common practice for plastic surgeons 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.
The decision to have multiple procedures done depends on which procedures are being done, the extent of surgery, the operating time, and your age/health. Ultimately, your surgeon will decide whether or not it is appropriate to include more than one procedure in your operation.
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