Am I a good candidate for plastic surgery?
The best candidates for plastic surgery are individuals in good general health and who have reasonable expectations as to what the surgery can accomplish. During your initial consultation, it is highly important to be open and honest as to what your goals and concerns are so that your surgeon can make an informed, realistic assessment about your candidacy for plastic surgery.
How do I go about selecting a plastic surgeon?
For optimal results and the best experience, it is important to find a highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeon who makes you feel comfortable and confident. Before selecting a surgeon, be sure to ask questions about his or her credentials and plastic surgery training experience. Other questions we recommend asking:
- Are you board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
- How many procedures of this type have you performed?
- Are there alternatives to surgery?
- Where will the surgery take place?
- What do I need to do to prepare for surgery?
- What are the risks?
- How will side effects or complications be handled?
*Always check to see that the doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This certification indicates that the surgeon has appropriate training in aesthetic plastic surgery, is safe and ethical, and adheres to a strict code of conduct.
How much does plastic surgery cost?
You may be surprised to learn that cosmetic surgery is quite affordable. During your first consultation with the cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons at South Coast Plastic Surgery, you will discover that costs vary according to the type of procedure requested, the type of anesthesia used, and several other variables. The SCPS staff will provide you with a detailed estimate and privately discuss these matters with you during your consultation.
Is plastic surgery safe?
All surgical procedures involve risk. Selecting a qualified surgeon is the best way to reduce your chance of encountering any complications. It is also important to adhere to your physician’s pre- and post-operative instructions to ensure that you are well-prepared for surgery and that you take appropriate care of your body following surgery.
How long will my recovery take?
Like every other medical procedure, healing time varies according to the type of surgery chosen and your body’s natural healing abilities. Recovery times are typically longer for major surgeries, including abdominoplasty (tummy tucks), mommy makeovers, and facelifts, but most patients can expect to be active in two weeks. The plastic surgeons at SCPS understand that plastic surgery is a transformative experience that does not end in the operating room. We are dedicated to helping you through every step of the process, from consultation through healing, so that you can feel comfortable and confident in the decision you have made.
Will people be able to tell that I have had work done after the surgery?
A successful cosmetic surgery enhances your looks naturally and often goes unnoticed. This is why it is of utmost importance to select a plastic surgeon with the technical skill and artistic vision to create the most natural looking appearance possible.