Frequently Asked Questions

 How much will my surgery cost?

Our patient coordinators can only give an accurate cost after the surgeon has consulted with an individual patient.  Once a diagnosis has been established and an individualized surgical plan has been developed, our patient coordinator can give an exact quote.  You can visit these websites for national averages on surgical fees.

plasticsurgeryportal.com

yourplasticsurgeryguide.com

 

How long will my recovery take for a facelift?

Most patients require 10-14 days to recover and resume light physical activity. 

 

What medications (prescribed or over-the counter) do I need to stop before elective surgery?

You must stop taking any blood-thinning medication (i.e. aspirin, ibuprofen, coumadin, Plavix) for two weeks before surgery. A comprehensive list of medications to avoid is given to all surgical patients.  Prior to discontinuing any prescribed medication, you must consult with your prescribing physician.

 

Do I need to stop smoking before my elective surgery?

Yes, for two to three weeks before AND after your surgery, you must stop smoking in addition to taking nicotine replacements.

 

Can I drive home after my surgery?

No, you must have a responsible caretaker with you after your surgery for a minimum of 24 hours.

 

When do I see the doctor after my surgery?

Your doctor will want to see you the next day after your surgery. Subsequent appointments will be determined on what type of surgery you had and how you are healing.

 

When do my stitches come out?

This varies depending on what type of surgery you have, and can be anywhere from five to 12 days.

 

Will I have a scar after my surgery?

Yes, all surgery creates a scar.  However, plastic surgeons are trained to place scars in inconspicuous places.

 

Will insurance cover the cost of my surgery?

Plastic surgery performed for cosmetic reasons is not covered by insurance.

 

Where will my surgery be done?

Your surgery can be done in our office-based surgery center or at a nearby hospital, depending on your health and personal preference.

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