Cosmetic Surgery FAQ – Dr. Douglas Grace

Frequently Asked Questions About Cosmetic Surgery

Below you will find a detailed list of cosmetic surgery questions that many of our Burlington plastic surgery patients need answered before they decide on a procedure. Simply browse the cosmetic surgery FAQs below and make sure to contact us if your question hasn’t been answered.

Can I breast feed after implants?
What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?
How much weight can I lose by undergoing liposuction?
Does insurance cover plastic surgery?
Do you need anesthesia for plastic surgery?
When can I go back to work?
Will plastic surgery leave a scar?
Can I finance plastic surgery?
How many procedures can I have at the same time?
Does cosmetic breast surgery affect my risk of breast cancer?
Will there be much pain with my plastic surgery?
Does Dr. Grace charge a consultation fee?
Do I need a referral to see Dr. Grace?
If I decide to have surgery, how long will I have to wait?
How do I pay for my surgery?

Q: Can I breast feed after implants?

Reports of complications with breast-feeding after having Breast Augmentation have been minimal. However if you plan to breast feed in the future, please share this information with Dr. Grace during the consultation.

Q: What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is performed to enhance normal structures of the body, and as a result, it improves one’s look and will possibly increase their self-esteem. Reconstructive surgery is done to treat abnormal structures of the body, which are caused either by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is generally performed to improve the functions of these areas of the body, but it can also help improve an individual’s appearance.

Q: How much weight can I lose by undergoing liposuction?

Liposuction is not intended as a weight loss procedure. Because fat is removed from cosmetically important areas, liposuction should produce significant improvements in aesthetic appearance. The maximum amount of fat that can be removed safely depends on each Burlington liposuction patient.

Q: Does insurance cover plastic surgery?

Most cosmetic procedures are not covered by health insurance. There are some exceptions, including Nose Reshaping used for reconstructive purposes or to improve breathing. Another example is having an Eyelid Lift in order to improve your vision. Dr. Grace recommends checking with your insurance provider to see if your procedure is covered.

Q: Do you need anesthesia for plastic surgery?

Most cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures require some form of anesthesia. During your consultation Dr. Grace will explain which anesthesia will be used for your procedure.

Q: When can I go back to work?

The recovery period depends upon the procedure performed and it varies from patient to patient. For certain procedures, individuals can go back work within a couple of days. However, some procedures (such as breast lift or tummy tuck in Burlington) take a week or longer for an individual to recover.

Q: Will plastic surgery leave a scar?

All surgical procedures leave scars. Dr. Grace utilizes techniques that are designed to leave behind the best scar possible. In most cases your scar will be hidden by natural creases in your skin, or in an inconspicuous area. Immediately following surgery your scar will be red, this last for a few months, the scar will slowly fade.

Q: Can I finance plastic surgery?

Many patients choose to finance their plastic surgery. Dr. Grace offers flexible financing plans that are completely confidential. Most patients qualify and approval is generally quick. For more information please click the financing tab or click on the contact tab to aks us a related question.

Q: How many procedures can I have at the same time?

At Dr. Grace’s discretion, multiple surgical procedures can be performed. Depending on the specific procedures being performed, it may be financially beneficial to the patient. It is common for Dr. Grace to do more then one procedure at a time as it allows for the patient to recover from all procedures at the same time, minimizing days off work. Dr. Grace will outline the cost and process of having more then one procedure at a time.

Q: Does cosmetic breast surgery affect my risk of breast cancer?

Medical studies have conclusively shown that breast augmentation, breast reduction and breast lift do not increase your risk of breast cancer.

Q: Will there be much pain with my plastic surgery?

During surgery you will not experience any pain. The majority of patients that have surgery are surprised to find that they experienced much less discomfort during and after surgery than they originally thought.

Q: Does Dr. Grace charge a consultation fee?

If you elect to have surgery after your consultation, the consultation fee ($100.00) will be applied towards your surgery.

Q: Do I need a referral to see Dr. Grace?

Dr. Grace does not require a referral for cosmetic procedures. However Dr. Grace does recommend that patients talk to their family doctor about their desire for cosmetic surgery. Patients who would like reconstructive surgery need to be referred by their family doctor.

Q: If I decide to have surgery, how long will I have to wait?

Depending on the procedure the waiting time can be short. For smaller procedures performed in Dr. Grace’s office or at an outpatient clinic, such as SmartLipo or water-assisted liposuction, the waiting time may be as short as a few weeks. For procedures that require an operating room, the wait time is longer.

Q: How do I pay for my surgery?

Currently Dr. Grace will accept payment from Visa, MasterCard, American Express and debit cards. Financing plans are also available for patients who wish to finance their procedure.

We do hope we’ve answered most of your questions about cosmetic surgery and procedures. Remember, if you have any other questions or comments that are not answered here, contact us and we’ll be more than happy to answer them for you.

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