Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few common questions about plastic surgery, with their answers, to help you make a better decision. We want you to be as confident as we are in the safety and benefits of choosing Plastic Surgery Associates for your cosmetic or reconstructive surgery.

Why is it called “plastic surgery”?

The word “plastic” comes from the Greek word plastikos, which means “shape” or “form.” The phrase “plastic surgery” simply indicates that our medical specialty involves the shape and form of the human body.

What should I look for in a plastic surgeon?

Credentials are important. Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon who has completed an accredited residency training program in plastic surgery. This kind of program includes two or three years of intensive training in the full range of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is a good indicator of a surgeon’s skill, since the board has strict requirements.

What can I expect in my initial consultation?

In your private consultation, you will meet with one of our certified plastic surgeons so you can explain your situation and ask a variety of questions. The surgeon will review your medical history and ask you questions in order to understand your condition, goals and concerns. The doctor will also provide reading material about the procedure(s) you’re considering.

How do I know whether I’m a good candidate for plastic surgery?

Plastic surgery can greatly enhance your appearance and your self-confidence. If you’re physically and emotionally healthy and have realistic expectations, you should be a good candidate.

How can I know whether I’ll be happy with the results of my surgery?

There are many factors that affect the outcome of plastic surgery. These include your age, physical health, skin type, skin condition, medical history and the nature of your condition. There is no way to predict the exact results of your surgery, but your surgeon will be able to outline reasonable expectations. Keep in mind that the surgeons at Plastic Surgery Associates have years of successful experience.

Does plastic surgery hurt?

Because it is surgery, you will likely feel some soreness or discomfort during the healing process. You may also feel tired in the first few days after your surgery. The extent of discomfort you feel will depend on the nature of your procedure. Some procedures may result in minimal discomfort, while more extensive procedures will have a longer, less comfortable recovery period. During your consultation, your doctor will discuss what to expect regarding the use of pain management medications.

What kind of anesthesia will be used?

Our surgeons use three types of anesthesia, depending on the procedure:

  • Local – numbs the immediate area; used for minor procedures
  • Local plus sedation – numbs the immediate area and relaxes your mind and body
  • General anesthesia – allows you to sleep through the surgery

And some of our treatments don’t require any anesthesia at all.

Will I still look like myself when it’s done?

Our job isn’t to make you a different person. It’s to help reveal your best. The idea is that when you look in the mirror, you’ll still see your own particular beauty – it will just be enhanced. When you come see us, you’ll find we take time to learn who you are and how you feel about your appearance, so we can help you achieve your goals.

For more information about plastic surgery, contact us for a personal consultation.