FAQ Plastic Surgery

Everyone has something they'd like to improve about their appearance. Maybe, you'd like fuller breasts, a flat stomach, or a perky backside. Whatever you'd like to change, it's probably possible with plastic surgery. Maybe you've thought about it, but are unsure, and have questions. Here's some help to get you started.

Top Five Questions About Plastic Surgery Answered:

Am I a candidate for plastic surgery?
If you are in general health, you most likely are a good candidate. Before undergoing cosmetic surgery, you have to be aware, and understand, the risks and benefits of the procedure you are considering. Also, you should have realistic expectations of what the results will be. Some people with autoimmune disorders or allergies to anesthesia are not good candidates for plastic surgery.

How Do I Choose a Surgeon?
The best place to start is by doing research, and also asking friends who've had work done for referrals. The most important thing when selecting a surgeon is to pick one who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This organization requires doctors to meet certain credentials and training to make sure they are qualified in the procedures they are performing.

What are the Risks of Plastic Surgery?
Every surgery comes with risks. Although rare, things can go wrong -- bleeding, infection, a reaction to the anesthesia. Do your homework and discuss the risks of your procedure with your surgeon. You'll also want to ask how often complications occur, and how are they handled if they do happen.

Will I Have a Scar?
Any time there is an incision, there will be scarring. However, plastic surgeons are trained to perform these incisions in discreet places, making them virtually invisible. Also, the severity of scarring varies by individual.

How Long Will it Take Me to Recover?
Every person is different, and recovery will vary depending on the procedure you have performed. Ask your surgeon what you can expect. You'll have to follow your doctor's postoperative instructions to minimize complications. Your surgeon will tell you when it's safe to return back to work and resume normal activities.

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