Q: Is plastic surgery safe?
A: As with any surgery, plastic surgery has risks involved. However, each year thousands of people undergo plastic surgery for a wide variety of reasons and procedures without complications, and the risks are generally low. I review each patient’s medical history and current health status, as well as the reasons for undergoing plastic surgery. I not only determine how and if you should have a procedure but will also keep you informed of all the steps of the surgery. Following my advice and instructions carefully will minimize the risks involved.
Q: What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?
A: Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve appearance and self-esteem. Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance because it is elective. Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. In general, reconstructive surgery is performed to improve function, but may also be completed to approximate a normal appearance.
Q: Will my insurance cover the procedure?
A: Coverage depends on the policy you have as well as the type of surgery procedure. Cosmetic surgeries generally are not covered by insurance, while reconstructive usually is. We will work with you to determine your exact coverage and cost so that there are no surprises before committing to the procedure.
Q: Do you accept insurance?
A: Yes, we accept most forms of health insurance.
Q: When is payment due? Do you offer financing?
A: We do not offer financing for cosmetic procedures. Final payment is due two weeks before your date of surgery.
Q: Will I be awake or asleep during my surgery?
A: That completely depends on the type of surgery you will be having. Some plastic surgery procedures require general anesthesia, and others require only local anesthesia. With some procedures, I'll offer you a choice, depending on your preferences.
Q: Where will the surgery be performed?
A: I perform most of my procedures at either a private surgical suite that is a state-of-the-art facility, at either of the three Roper St. Francis Hospitals or East Cooper Medical Center.
Q: Who will provide the anesthesia?
A: All of the anesthetists who work with me are highly experienced and certified by AANA . You will have a chance to meet with her right before your surgery.
Q: How do I know what size breast implant is right for me?
A: The decision is based on a number of factors, including the patient's desires, reasons for the surgery and overall health. We will go over all of your options during your consultation.
Q: Is it safe to breastfeed after having breast augmentation?
A: Yes. Research indicates that breastfeeding a child after having implants poses no health threat to the child or the mother. In fact, studies have shown that there is more silicone in store-bought baby formula than there is in breast milk from women who have implants. Several studies have shown that the vast majority of women who try to breastfeed after having had breast augmentation are able to do so successfully.
Q: What type of mini face lift can be done to raise cheekbones? What is the recovery time?
A: The available options can only be discussed after having an evaluation with a plastic surgeon. In general, recovery time from a mini face lift is approximately two weeks.
Q: Who will be on call following my surgery?
A: I and/or nursing staff will be available to answer your questions on a 24-hour basis after your surgery.
Q: Is Botox/ Dysport or a facial filler right for me?
A: Botox or a facial filler may be right for you if you’re seeking quick improvement in facial lines and wrinkles without significant downtime or significant cost.
Q: What are your office hours?
A: Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Fridays 9:00 am to noon
Q: Do you have parking?