FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is plastic surgery safe?
Any surgical procedure is accompanied by a certain degree of risk, regardless if it is a medical necessity or elected cosmetic procedure. Dr. Choi and his staff are dedicated to ensuring an effortless procedure. During your consultation, the doctor will carefully assess which, if any, procedure is best for you given your current health and medical history. Because of this, it is crucial that any relevant information be disclosed beforehand, so that we may take into consideration any precaution necessary.
What is the expected recovery time?
The first few days after surgery is most uncomfortable. Pain medication will be prescribed and should help with managing pain. After one week, there should be minimal discomfort that can be managed with over-the-counter medications. The next few weeks, there may still be some soreness and swelling. Light activities such as slow walking on treadmill, elliptical machine, and slow cycling are usually allowed, depending on the surgery performed. Generally, recovery takes about 6 to 8 weeks. It may take more time depending on how you heal and your overall health. It's important to refrain from physical activity, lifting heavy objects and overworking yourself during this sensitive time.
Can I undergo multiple procedures at once?
Many people require several surgical procedures to get the best results possible. Yes, you may have multiple procedures done at the same time; however, all safety concerns must be addressed to your surgeon beforehand. Your surgeon will determine whether the procedures may or may not be combined. Each patient is unique, so multiple aesthetic procedures will naturally have different outcomes with different individuals.
Will my insurance cover the procedure?
Surgical procedures for aesthetic purposes, which are elected surgeries to improve appearance, are not covered by insurance. Procedures that are meant to correct functional issues and those which are health-related may be covered by your insurance as a medical necessity, with proper examination and documentation. However, we would need to call your insurance for prior authorization.
What can I expect during my consultation?
We will want to know your previous medical history, planned surgeries, and most importanly, your individual desires for cosmetic or reconstructive surgery. The process begins with a consultation, during which our staff will have an in-person meeting with you to thoroughly discuss every aspect of the procedure, the recovery time and your ideal results. During this time, you may be able to view before-and-after photos of patients with similar facial and/or body features to yours who have had the same procedure you’re planning to have, so you have a clearer idea of what results you can expect. We will also review your health history and give you additional instructions for pre- and post-surgery. Please come prepared with a list of cosmetic surgery questions – when you’re planning to make such a big change to your appearance, there’s no such thing as asking too many questions.
Will my procedure be done under local or general anesthesia?
Local anesthesia is when an area of the body is numbed and you remain fully conscious, often used for minor procedures and paired with pre-operative relaxing medications. If relaxing medication is given, you will not be able to drive yourself home or utilize a taxi delivery service, such as Uber or Lyft. You will need a responsible party to assist you with your commute, such as a family member or friend.
What is the difference between fat grafting and dermal fillers?
Fillers provide an immediate result and require regular maintenance. The procedure is done in the office and you can resume your normal activities the same day. There may be some slight swelling and bruising from the treatment.
What is Botox/Xeomin used for & how many units will I need?
Botox can reduce the apperance of facial wrinkles by relaxing the muscles underneath the skin. Dynamic wrinkles are caused by repetitive facial movements, resulting in permanent creases. Botox works by gently relaxing the facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles, which can in turn prolong the lifespan of our skin elasticity. After Botox/Xeomin injections you can start to see the effects almost immediately and effects will typically continue to increase for the following 3 to 4 days.
What is the difference between a blepharoplasty, double suture, and canthopexy?
Blepharoplasty is the generic term used to describe eyelid surgery which usually involves removing excess skin, and occasionally fat.
Are silicone breast implants safe?
The new silicone gel breast implants approved by the FDA in 2006 are much safer then those used in the 1980s. The new silicone gel is cohesive which means that if the implant is ruptured the gel stays in place and does not migrate outside the breast capsule. Silicone implants remain more natural to touch relative to their saline counterparts.
How can I prepare for my procedure?