Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and Procedures FAQ

Q. WILL MY SURGERY BE COVERED BY MY MEDICAL INSURANCE?

A. Only reconstructive surgery is covered, cosmetic surgery is not covered by medical insurance. To have your surgical procedure covered requires a physician’s approval. It is best to carefully examine your plan and talk to health care professionals to know exactly what your insurance covers.

Q. WHAT IS THE GENERAL RECOVERY PERIOD AND HEALING PROCESS?

A. For most cases, 1-2 weeks is required for rest and time off of work and other activities. This varies depending on the patient and the procedure; however, surgeons recommend at least one week to let the swelling and bruising go down and for the healing process to initiate. For non-invasive procedures, the healing process is almost immediate, and patients who seek laser hair removal, Botox® injections, or dermal fillers, generally resume their day without much fuss. For invasive procedures, the healing process may take months for the area to show full results and swelling to go down.

Q. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE "BOARD CERTIFIED"?

A. The training of a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon includes 5 years or more of extensive experience in aesthetic surgery. All MyLooks® surgeons are Board Certified, and have this elite level of training.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons [ASPS] is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world, and represents over 94% of the Board Certified surgeons in the U.S. The mission of the ASPS is to advance quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery. The ASPS is a strong advocate for patient safety and requires its members to operate in accredited surgical facilities that have passed rigorous external review of equipment and staffing.

Q. WHAT ARE SOME COMMON SURGICAL PROCEDURES?

A. The most common surgical procedures according the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for 2012:

  • Breast Augmentation 286,000
  • Nose Reshaping(rhinoplasty) 243,000
  • Eyelid Surgery 204,000
  • Liposuction 202,000
  • Facelift 126,000

Please refer to the ASPS website for more cosmetic procedure statistics http://www.plasticsurgery.org

Q. WHAT ARE SOME COMMON NON-SURGICAL PROCEDURES?

A. The most common non-surgical procedures according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for 2012:

  • Botulinum injections 6.1 million
  • Soft Tissue Fillers 2 million
  • Chemical Peel 1.1 million
  • Laser Hair Removal 1.1 million
  • Microdermabrasion 974,000

Please refer to the ASPS website for more cosmetic procedure statistics http://www.plasticsurgery.org

Q. SHOULD I COMBINE THE TWO TREATMENTS: SURGICAL AND NON-SURGICAL?

A. In most cases, it is best if patients combine non-invasive cosmetic treatments with a surgical procedure because treatments such as chemical peels, Botox® injections and fillers, and microdermabrasion, assist in promoting healthy, younger looking skin. Many procedures, like Facelifts, Brow Lifts, and Eyelid Surgery, have longer lasting and better results when combined with non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Surgeons recommend such cosmetic procedures before or after surgery to benefit the skin and area.

If patients choose to get a non-invasive procedure over a cosmetic surgery, they should know that the results are temporary and will not last or have the same dramatic effect as surgery will. Botox® will temporarily decrease wrinkles and smooth the skin; however, for the most optimal and lasting results, it is better to get a surgical procedure to improve the specific area.

Q. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COSMETIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY?

A. The main difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery is whether or not the surgery is medically necessary or purely for enhancing appearance. Cosmetic surgery is a unique discipline which focuses on enhancing the appearance through surgical and medical techniques, the treated areas function properly but lack aesthetic appeal, so cosmetic surgery is considered an elective.

Reconstructive surgery is a specialty that reconstructs facial or body defects that occur as a result of birth disorder, trauma, burns or diseases; it is intended to correct dysfunctional areas of the body and in most cases, covered by medical insurance due to the nature of the surgery. In order to be a skilled aesthetic surgeon, one must also be skilled in reconstructive surgery.

MyLooks® does not offer reconstructive surgery to patients. All of our doctors operate for cosmetic purposes only.

Q. HOW IMPORTANT ARE THE NON-SURGICAL PROCEDURES IN AESTHETIC TREATMENTS?

A. In order to achieve the best results, a multi-disciplinary approach is preferred. For this reason, it's often recommended to combine non-surgical procedures before or after surgery. This helps prolong the results and often help to achieve the same results with less invasive surgery.

Q. SHOULD I BE AFRAID OF ANESTHESIA?

A. MyLooks® surgical procedures are designed to help you recover quickly with minimum discomfort. Follow these simple do's and don'ts to ensure a smooth recovery and to enjoy your results sooner.

Q. HOW ACCESSIBLE IS PLASTIC SURGERY?

A. The popularity and demand of these services have made it possible for these types of procedures to be widely available to everyone. In addition, with more information being made available via the internet etc., many of the myths have been dispelled as people are able to do their own research into any one procedure. In addition, with the technical improvements in the field in the last decade, the procedures are less invasive and patients can heal quicker.

Q. IS IT COMMON TO HAVE MULTIPLE PROCEDURES PERFORMED AT ONCE?

A. When a patient is seeking multiple procedures in different areas, these can be combined at once or within a few days of each other. In some cases, the costs associated might be less due to being able to share resources for the procedures. And in all cases, the recovery period is combined, which helps in speed up recovery time. However if it is deemed unsafe to perform certain procedures at the same time, a few days of recovery in between surgeries is often a viable solution. Keep in mind that this is always after a clean bill of health has been assessed in the pre-operatory consultation etc.

Q. HOW MANY PROCEDURES CAN BE COMBINED IN A SINGLE SURGERY?

A. This depends on the magnitude of each procedure. For example, three small procedures can be combined (rhinoplasty, with a breast augmentation and eye lift) or two larger procedures (a tummy tuck and breast augmenation). However this varies greatly from patient to patient and will be assessed by the surgeon.

Q. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIPOSCULPTURE AND LIPOSUCTION?

A. Both procedures are essentially liposuction. Liposculpture is a term often used when the extractions are more localized. The equipment used for both is the same.

Q. WILL I FEEL THE IMPLANTS INSIDE MY BODY?

A. At first there will be tightness in the area where the implant is located but over time as the tissues in the surrounding area expand and get used to the extra volume, the tightness will diminish and the implants will feel like a natural part of the body.