- Is Cosmetic Surgery dangerous? Does Cosmetic Surgery have side effects?
Not at all. These procedures are all well-established surgical procedures, with definite inclusion and exclusion criteria. The rare risk of complications is very minimal if correct patient selection and procedure is done.
- Do I really need a cosmetic procedure? Should I tamper with my natural body morphology/aging process?
One has to listen to his/her body self image, and if that image is very bothersome there should be no hesitation in visiting a qualified plastic surgeon, who will asses you and advise you an appropriate operation/procedure to help you correct your issue and make a change to your body self image. Please make sure to get a realistic expectation from the procedure advised to you by your surgeon.
- Am I a good candidate for plastic surgery?
Individuals in good general health are typically good candidates for cosmetic surgery. It is very important for prospective patients to have realistic expectations for their surgery results. During your consultation with your plastic surgeon, it is important to openly discuss your previous medical history, plastic surgery goals and any concerns you have so that your surgeon can make an informed and realistic assessment about your candidacy for cosmetic surgery.
- What is the right age for plastic surgery?
There’s no hard and fast rule as to the right age for plastic surgery. The doctor evaluates each cosmetic surgery patient on a case-by-case basis. During a consultation, your surgeon will take into account individual factors, such as your unique body type, size and age.
- Is plastic surgery safe?
As with all surgical procedures, there is some level of risk. In addition, it is important that you follow all of your doctor’s pre- and post-operative instructions carefully, and thoroughly discuss any and all medical conditions with your doctor prior to your procedure. This way, you’ll be sure you and your plastic surgeon are prepared and that your body is appropriately cared for before, during and after surgery.
- What is the difference between "Cosmetic" and "Reconstructive" surgery?
Generally speaking, if a surgery is done primarily to improve the health of a person, or the function of an organ, it is considered medically necessary. Surgeries such as corrective rhinoplasty to improve air flow through the nose, or eyelid surgery to improve the field of vision by lifting sagging, droopy eyelids might fall into this category. These surgeries may or may not also improve the patient's appearance, but this is a secondary purpose. If a surgery is done with the primary goal of improving the appearance of the patient, this is considered a cosmetic procedure. Usually these procedures must be paid for out of pocket, except in some cases of correcting accidental or congenital deformity.
It is worth noting that these lines are often blurry, especially in terms of coverage by medical insurance as an example, a scar revision for an automobile accident injury may be covered by an auto insurance policy, yet another surgery, identical from a medical standpoint, that resulted from an accident fall injury might not be covered by insurance. Another example is breast reconstruction following breast cancer surgery, some insurance companies will cover this, while others consider this primarily cosmetic in nature. It goes without saying that this is a hotly contested issue between those insurance companies and the affected patients.
- How long is a typical recovery period for most operations?
Generally, 1-2 weeks for most procedures, although this varies from one patient to the next, as well as from one procedure to the next.