Plastic Surgery FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions are available for the subjects below. If you need more information, please fill out a contact form to submit an inquiry and include any questions that you may have.

Facelift
Eyelid Surgery
Mastopexy (Breast Lift)
Liposuction
Chemical Peel (Dermabrasion)
Laser Treatments

Facelift

– What areas will a facelift affect?

A facelift will affect mostly the face below the eyes and especially the neck and jowl.

– Does this surgery require a hospital stay?

This surgery is usually performed as outpatient surgery.

– Will I be awake during the surgery?

This procedure is done under heavy sedation and local anesthesia, less commonly general anesthetic. This helps prevent complications of hematoma and eyelid deformities.

– How long does the surgery take and what can I expect after surgery?

The surgery usually takes about 4 hours to perform. You will be swollen and black and blue for 7-14 days. You can use makeup within 48 hours to help hide the bruising.

– How long do I need to take off work?

Most people take one or two weeks off work; longer if the need to be in people-contact positions is important.

– How long will the stitches be in?

Sutures are usually removed in 5-7 days following surgery. You will also have a follow-up appointment 6 weeks after surgery.

Eyelid Surgery

– Is this procedure done on an inpatient or outpatient basis, and how long does it take?

This surgery is done outpatient and usually takes about 1-2 hours to do.

– What kind of anesthetic can I expect with this surgery?

Eyelid surgery is done under sedation and local anesthesia.

– What can I expect after surgery?

Swelling and possibly (not probably) black eyes.

– How long do I need to take off work?

Most people take one or two weeks off work, depending on their job.

– How long will the stitches be in?

Sutures are usually removed in 3-5 days. You will also have a follow-up appointment 4-6 weeks after surgery.

Mastopexy (Breast Lift)

– Does this surgery require a hospital stay?

This surgery is usually performed as outpatient surgery, under general anesthesia.

– How long does the surgery take?

Mastopexy takes about 1 to 2 hours to do.

– Will I need to wear a special bra after the surgery?

Yes, you will wear a special bra for 3-4 weeks afterward.

– When can I return to work?

Most patients are out of work for about one week.

– When will I have the stitches removed?

Sutures are removed in about 7 days, you will have a follow-up appointment about 4-6 weeks after surgery.

Liposuction

– Does this surgery require a hospital stay?

This surgery is usually performed as outpatient surgery unless massive suction is required (which is very rare). This is sometimes done with other procedures, i.e. tummy tuck.

– What part of the body can liposuction be done on?

Most commonly done on the hips, thighs, knees, and abdomen. Less commonly on the upper arms, ankles and small areas of the face.

– What kind of anesthetic can I expect with Liposuction?

Depending on the areas done, it is usually general anesthetic, but small localized areas can be done under local anesthesia (not hips)

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– What can I expect after surgery?

You will be swollen, black and blue for 10-14 days. You will be somewhat sore, especially in lower legs. You will have to wear a pressure garment.

Chemical Peel (Dermabrasion)

– How long does this surgery take and what type of anesthesia can I expect?

This surgery usually takes 1 to 2 hours and is performed as outpatient surgery under general anesthesia.

– What can I expect after surgery?

Swelling, erythema (redness) and some discomfort that will take 2-3 weeks to subside, depending on the agent used.

– What can I expect this surgery to do for me?

To take care of fine wrinkles, but not deep wrinkles or crow’s feet and nasolabial fold. You will have the best results when you pretreat for several weeks with Retin-A or ‘fruit acid.’ A prescription for this can be given out at your intitial consultation.

Laser Treatments

– What can be treated with the laser?

The laser treatments work well for all port-wine stains and most hemangiomas.