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Frequently asked questions

Can I have a baby after a liposuction or tummy tuck surgery?

Having abdominal procedures like liposuction or tummy tuck does not mean that you should not or cannot have future pregnancies. However, with the changes that the body experiences in pregnancy, we do recommend if possible that you hold off on cosmetic abdominal surgeries until you are done in order to maintain your best result, but it is not mandatory.

Can I have liposuction if I am overweight?

Liposuction is used to remove fat from areas of the body that haven't responded to diet and exercise. 

n addition, liposuction can sometimes be used for breast reduction or treatment of gynecomastia.

When you gain weight, fat cells increase in size and volume. In turn, liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in a specific area. The amount of fat removed depends on the appearance of the area and the volume of fat. The resulting contour changes are generally permanent — as long as your weight remains stable.

After liposuction, the skin molds itself to the new contours of the treated areas. If you have good skin tone and elasticity, the skin is likely to appear smooth. If your skin is thin with poor elasticity, however, the skin in the treated areas may appear loose.

Liposuction doesn't improve cellulite dimpling or other skin surface irregularities. Likewise, liposuction doesn't remove stretch marks.

Does the suctioned fat ever come back?

Essentially no, unless you were to gain a good deal of weight. In that case, the fat gets redistributed everywhere, including those areas that were suctioned.

What is the down time following liposuction?

Given the anesthesia (local with intravenous sedation) and the small incisions, most people can plan on being back at work in a matter of 2 to 3 days. There is always some bruising and swelling, which is helped by wearing a compression garment for a few weeks following surgery. Your appearance continues to improve for up to 2 to 3 months following surgery.

What is the best procedure to rejuvenate the area around the eyes?

There probably isn’t an area in plastic surgery that has seen more advances than with periorbital surgery. Procedures that used to simply remove extra skin from the upper eyelids and extra fat from the lower eyelids have become much more sophisticated. The eyelids can now be reshaped to restore a youthful appearance, and most lower eyelid surgery now involves a scarless technique.

What is the recovery from eyelid surgery like?

The eyelid skin is the thinnest on the body, and it heals faster that any other area. Sutures come out in only a few days, and patients can then start wearing makeup. Many patients have surgery mid-week, and are back to work the following Monday. We ask patients to refrain from driving and bending over for 24 hours following surgery, but after that most normal activities are OK.

What does a browlift do?

In addition to helping sagging brows, a browlift improves the skin excess below the eyebrows. This is an area that an eyelid lift alone will not help. A browlift can also improve the wrinkles of the forehead and between the eyebrows.

Should I bring in photos of celebrities whose noses I like?

Only if you don’t like the magazines in our waiting room. Rhinoplasty can reshape your nose, not replace it. The nature of your nasal skin and the arrangement of the bone and cartilage in your nose can be very important in the degree of improvement possible. A person’s nose must be proportional to their face. You would not want a tiny nose if you have a long face, for example. Artistry and surgical judgement play a big role in this procedure, the most technically demanding of all cosmetic surgery operations.

Are there any visible scars from a rhinoplasty?

If you are simply having a small hump on your nose smoothed down, the incisions are hidden inside of your nose. Nasal tip reshaping generally involves an open rhinoplasty technique, in which a small scar underneath the nose is combined with the incisions inside the nostrils.

How long does it take for my nose to look normal following surgery?

Within a week or two, you’ll no longer look as though you’ve had nasal surgery. The skin of the nose is fairly thick, and it can take months for every last bit of swelling to subside and for the final results of your surgery to become apparent.

What is Botox versus filler—aren’t they the same thing?

Botox and filler are two very different things. Botox is a brand name for a drug which is injected into muscle in order to temporarily paralyze the treated area. This is useful in Plastic Surgery for softening the appearance of age-lines and also for preventing their formation or worsening. Filler products are used much like spackle for a wall—they are injected under the skin to take up space where there are depressions or lines. Each product can be very useful on its own, or sometimes they work together in combination to help decrease the appearance of skin aging.

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