It’s natural to have many questions about cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Below, find answers to some of our most commonly asked questions about cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and aesthetic procedures. Dr. Bhatt will be able to answer all your questions once he’s completed an evaluation of your needs.
What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?
Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve appearance and self-esteem. Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance because it is elective.
Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. In general, reconstructive surgery is performed to improve function, but may also be completed to approximate a normal appearance.
Reconstructive surgery is typically covered by most health insurance policies, although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly.
What is the recovery from cosmetic surgery like?
Each patient tolerates pain after surgery in different ways. Dr. Bhatt will prescribe the appropriate pain medications to help minimize any discomfort. In general, most facial cosmetic operations have minimal discomfort post-operatively. Liposuction is slightly more uncomfortable, and operations that require elevation or tightening of the muscles-such as an abdominoplasty or breast augmentation can cause discomfort equal to a C-section.
Where will my procedure be performed?
Dr. Bhatt uses only accredited Operating Rooms with Board Certified Anesthesiologists, and maintains hospital privileges at the INOVA hospital systems in Northern Virginia near Washington, DC.
How long will the benefits last?
The results of your plastic surgery depend on the procedure you have. In general, results from most plastic surgery procedures are long lasting if a healthy weight and overall healthy lifestyle is maintained.
How soon can I return to work?
The length of time it takes to recover after plastic surgery varies depending on the procedure performed and the person operated on. Most patients will require assistance for the first two days following surgery.
What are the most popular procedures for men?
The top non-surgical cosmetic procedure for men has typically been Botox®. Liposuction has also been the top surgical cosmetic procedure. Other common surgical procedures performed on men include liposuction, male breast reduction, and blepharoplasty.
How do I know what size breast implant is right for me?
The decision is based on a number of factors, including the patient’s desires, reasons for the surgery and overall health.
For example, are you doing it because you feel your breasts are too small relative to your body contour or are you unhappy with the size and firmness of your breasts following pregnancy, breastfeeding or major weight loss? Unevenness between the breasts can also be a motivating factor. Dr. Bhatt can help you make the right decision during your pre-surgical appointment(s).
Will a partial face-lift take away wrinkles from lower face and neck?
This can only be determined after you are evaluated by your plastic surgeon, but any kind of plastic surgery in this area should improve your appearance.
What type of mini face lift can be done to raise cheekbones? What is the recovery time?
The available options can only be discussed after having an evaluation with a plastic surgeon. In general, recovery time from a mini face lift is approximately two weeks.
If a patient has a heart condition, is plastic surgery with general anesthesia safe?
It depends upon the patient’s disease and current medications. Dr. Bhatt will discuss your specific situation with you.
How is a patient’s physical condition evaluated prior to plastic surgery?
A complete pretesting series of appointments is done prior to any surgery.
How does the cost of the neck lift compare to the cost of a facelift?
The facelift is somewhat more expensive because more surgery is performed. A neck lift is a more limited procedure.
Are financing options available?
As a rule, cosmetic plastic surgery is considered “elective surgery” and is not covered by most insurance plans. If the service is not covered by insurance, we may provide some financing options. We encourage you to ask early in the conversation if financing is needed.
Is surgery performed under general or local anesthesia?
Depending upon what is most appropriate for your particular situation, Dr. Bhatt will decide what type of anesthesia to use. He will also answer any questions you have.
Is there anything to do to minimize swelling or bruising?
Yes. Depending upon what the procedure, it might make sense to sleep in a reclining (not horizontal) position for one week following surgery to minimize the collection of fluids in the face and eyelids.
Follow the instructions you will be given about making and administering your cold and warm compresses. These will not only reduce bruising and swelling, but they will also maximize and promote healing.