Q: Is there a difference between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon?
A: Yes. Plastic surgeons are medical doctors with expertise in surgery in general and later complete additional residency training specifically in plastic and reconstructive surgery. It usually takes between six to nine years after graduating from medical school to train to be a plastic surgeon. These surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and are members of The American Society of Plastic Surgery. Those who specialize in cosmetic surgery will often be members of other organizations and do not complete as rigorous a training standard as plastic surgeons.
Q: Is plastic surgery painful?
A: Some discomfort is associated with the post-operative period and patients report pain and tolerate pain differently. Pain medication is prescribed to minimize discomfort during the healing process.
Q: How long do results last?
A: This depends upon the procedure, genetics and a variety of factors. A personalized consultation can provide a more thorough estimate.
Q: What kind of anesthesia is used for plastic surgery?
A: Again, this depends upon the procedure and the patient’s preference. For minor procedures local anesthesia is sufficient. Other forms of anesthesia include intravenous sedation (“Twilight”), general anesthesia and regional anesthesia (nerve blocks).
Q: How do I know what size breast implant is right for me?
The decision is based on many factors including health, age, current size, and form. A consultation with your doctor
will reveal your personal options.