Frequently Asked Questions
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General Surgery FAQ
There appears to be small blisters or pimples near my incision. Should I be concerned?
Should I remove the tape/Steri-strips from my incision?
May I exercise?
Should I use ice?
Ice is generally not helpful after 48 hours. Place a towel between the ice and skin n 20-minute increments (20 minutes on, then 20 minutes off) to obtain some additional comfort and pain relief. After 48-hour window, pain should be minimal and application of ice on/off would be solely for ongoing comfort.
Important Note: Do not use heat of any sort when seeking pain relief.
May I take Motrin or Tylenol in conjunction with my prescription of pain medication?
May I swim in a pool, the ocean or get into a hot tub?
How soon may I shower or bathe? May I use soap or shower gels?
How many people undergo cosmetic surgery each year?
Is surgery performed under general or local anesthesia?
What is the recovery from cosmetic surgery like?
If a patient has a heart condition, is general anesthesia safe?
What parts of the body do you do Plastic Surgery on?
How long does it take for an operation?
What are the risks?
What are the most common surgeries?
Will it be covered by my medical insurance?
Does a person’s voice change after rhinoplasty (nose surgery)?
What is the difference between Cosmetic and Reconstructive surgery?
How long does it take to recover from Reconstructive surgery?
What procedures are considered reconstructive surgery?
The line between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery can sometimes be blurred. Generally, reconstructive surgery improves both appearance and health. Some examples of reconstructive surgery include:
- Tumor Removal
- Laceration Repair
- Scar Revision
- Hand Surgery
- Breast Reduction
- Breast Reconstruction (Following surgical breast cancer treatment)
- Burn Care – Reconstructive Rhinoplasty (to improve nose air flow)
- Eyelid Surgery (to improve field of vision)
Does plastic surgery avoid scars after the operation. Is it true?
What are the specialized areas of Plastic surgery?
What should I expect during a consultation for a body lift?
How do I know what size breast implant is right for me?
The decision is based on a number of factors, including the patient’s desires, reasons for the surgery and overall health.For example, are you doing it because you feel your breasts are too small relative to your body contour or are you unhappy with the size and firmness of your breasts following pregnancy, breastfeeding or major weight loss? Unevenness between the breasts can also be a motivating factor. Your surgeon can help you make the right decision during your pre-surgical appointments.