Frequently Asked Questions

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After 13 years of practice, we've heard it all.  Here are the answers to some of the most common questions you'll want to ask.

  • Is Cosmetic Surgery Safe?
    • Patient safety is out number one priority.  If you don't have any major heart or lung problems, general anesthesia is probably safe.  To be certain that you will not experience any complications from your surgery, every patient gets medical clearance prior to any procedure involving general anesthesia.
  • Does it Hurt?
    • If safety is our number one priority, patient comfort is a close second.  From prescription strength topical numbing cream and vibration therapy to make injectable procedures more comfortable, to our use of Exparel long-acting local anesthetic for surgical procedures, we call out all the stops to make sure your experience with us is as pain-free as possible.
  • Am I too old to get Cosmetic Surgery?
    • Hardly ever!  It's not about your age, but about two things: Are you healthy enough to undergo general anesthesia and is your area of concern something that can be addressed safely and effectively?  By the way, these are the two questions that I ask of every patient, regardless of age.  
    • Want proof?  Click here to read about the recent article in our journal that showed the complication rate for cosmetic surgery is not higher in older patients when compared to younger patients.
  • What's the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction?
    • A tummy tuck removes all the skin below the belly button and tightens the abdominal wall muscles.  Liposuction removes subcutaneous fat using a thin canula and suction.  No skin is removed and the muscles are not addressed.  Commonly, tummy tucks are combined with liposuction to the abdomen, flanks and the back to improve the shape of your trunk circumferentially.
    • Click here to read more about combining tummy tucks and liposuction together.
  • How much does Cosmetic Surgery Cost?  Do you offer payment plans?
    • Please see our Prices Page to see estimates of our fees for our services.  Please note that the fees are all inclusive, covering all pre and post-op visits, anesthesia and facility fees, implants and garments.
    • We participate with CareCredit and Prosper financing plans. (Please see the buttons on the right hand margin).
  • How soon can I get back to my normal routine after surgery?
    • Showering - 2 days after surgery.
    • Driving - When you are no longer taking narcotic pain medicine, you can drive.  How long this takes depends on the type of surgery you had and on individual factors.
    • Lifting/Exercise - If your surgery involved muscles (ie. tummy tucks and breast augmentation), you should avoid lifting more than 5 lbs. or vigorous exercise for 4 weeks.  You can do light exericse (ie. jogging on a treadmill) after two weeks.  If your surgery did not involve any muscles (ie. liposuction and breast reduction), heavy lifting and exercise can be resumed in 2 weeks.