September 25, 2019

5 Things You Need to Know About Plastic Surgery

If you have ever contemplated Breast Augmentation, Liposuction, a Tummy Tuck, or other cosmetic procedures, you will likely know there are various components to consider. While there are the obvious, such as who your cosmetic surgeon should be, there may be additional elements that have not yet crossed your mind. Here are five things you need to know about plastic surgery: 

1. What is plastic surgery?

Before solidifying your decision to proceed with plastic surgery, it is crucial to understand what plastic surgery is. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery defines Plastic Surgery as, “a surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and disease.” Furthermore, the American Board of Plastic Surgery goes on to add how “cosmetic surgery is an essential component of plastic surgery. The plastic surgeon uses cosmetic surgical principles both to improve overall appearance and to optimize the outcome of reconstructive procedures.”

2. Finding a qualified cosmetic surgeon

Finding a qualified cosmetic surgeon

Now that you have a grasp on what plastic surgery is, it is time to identify a qualified cosmetic surgeon. With the vast amount of Scottsdale plastic surgery options available, how are you to identify the best? First, you want to ensure your doctor of choice is a board-certified plastic surgeon. Additionally, you will want to review specialized training the doctor has completed, along with the techniques the doctor uses. 

Further resources to determine if you have found a qualified cosmetic surgeon can be found online. You can read online to learn about your cosmetic surgeon, as well as see for yourself what our clients have to say about their cosmetic surgery experience.

3. Meet with your surgeon

Once you have found your qualified cosmetic surgeon, it is imperative to schedule a consultation and meet with your cosmetic surgeon. Take this time with the cosmetic surgeon to have all of your cosmetic surgery questions answered. During your time in the Scottsdale plastic surgery office, evaluate your comfort level with the environment, the doctor and the staff. 

meet with your surgeon

If you are unsure of what to ask your cosmetic surgeon, continue reading as we cover what to consider before plastic surgery. These will help prompt questions to ask during your consultation. 

4. Things to consider before plastic surgery

Though you may have an understanding of what plastic surgery is, you also need to consider more minute details before making your decision to pursue a procedure.

Expectations

Discuss with your cosmetic surgeon what to expect with the outcomes of your procedure. To ensure you are happy with your results, be sure to understand exactly what is expected to come of your procedure.

Recovery

Not all recovery is the same. The more invasive the procedure, the likelihood of a longer recovery period increases. There are also tips and processes to properly recover, which will be covered shortly.

Expense

The cost of plastic surgery is not always covered by insurance. If this is the case for you, some Scottsdale plastic surgery offices do not want the expense of procedures to hinder your ability to receive them. Ask your cosmetic surgeon if there are financing options available to you.

Risks

Risks are involved with any procedure, though with plastic surgery, risks including infection are present. Be sure to talk with your cosmetic surgeon regarding the risks associated with the particular procedure you are interested in.

5. Recovering after plastic surgery

Once your cosmetic surgery takes place, you will need to take special precautions in order to avoid potential issues. Your cosmetic surgeon will discuss post-procedure instructions for you to follow. In the meantime, here are some tips to make the most out of recovering after your procedure:

Recovering after plastic surgery

Take care of the wound

Unless otherwise instructed, it is important to keep your wound dry for the first 48 hours following your surgery. Any incisions should be protected and closely monitored. 

Understand the warning signs

While monitoring your incisions and procedure site, watch for any significant inflammation, redness or pain. Excessive bleeding, bruising or fever are also symptoms to monitor for. If any of these symptoms occur, contact your surgeon right away.

Get plenty of rest

The urge to get up and back to your normal routine may be nagging you, but rest the first couple of days after surgery is essential to healing. It may be helpful to have a dedicated caregiver in line to assist for a few days following your procedure. 

Restrict extreme movement

In addition to resting, it is vital to restrict extreme movement after your procedure. If you are getting the proper rest, this shouldn’t be an issue, though it is something that needs to be kept at the top of your mind for several weeks following your procedure. 

Our Scottsdale plastic surgery office is ready to answer any questions you may have. Be sure to contact us and schedule your consultation today!