What is the difference between reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery?
Reconstructive surgery is a procedure done to address a medical condition caused by a congenital deformity, genetic deformity, trauma or some other reason. In cases of reconstructive surgery, there is usually an issue with the function of some part of the face that could involve difficulties eating, breathing, using the mouth, seeing, etc. These surgeries may involve returning a feature to its original shape and position. Reconstructive surgeries may be covered by health insurance.
In comparison, cosmetic surgeries are elective and are not covered by health insurance. Cosmetic surgeries are performed at the preference of the patient to address a perceived issue with their appearance that does not interfere with normal function of their body.
When can I go back to work?
Most patients are able to return to desk jobs in 7 to 10 days. Those who are still experiencing bruising can use makeup to address any remaining discoloration. Depending on the procedure or procedures you undergo and the type of work you do, Dr. Aminpour may advise a longer recovery period.
Am I too young for cosmetic surgery?
It’s important to understand that the growth cycle is not fully complete until the late teens or early 20s and that facial features continue to evolve through the late 20s. Those who opt to undergo cosmetic procedures in their early teens may not grow into their new features properly, since the surgery was performed too early in their growth phase. It is safe to recommend that patients should wait until at least 18 years of age before receiving cosmetic surgery but this may vary depending on the type of procedure you are interested in undergoing.
Additionally, certain procedures, such as the facelift, are designed for those who have reached a certain age and a certain level of facial sagging or wrinkling. A 40-year-old may be too young for a facelift because their skin is still in good condition. A consultation with Dr. Aminpour is the best way to determine whether you should wait before undergoing a procedure.
Am I too old for cosmetic surgery?
Being “too old” for a procedure is usually not as important of a factor in plastic surgery as is the overall health of the patient. A healthy 70-year-old may be a much better candidate for a procedure than an unhealthy 60-year-old. That being said, age usually presents more medical issues and complications, which is why age is an important factor to consider when deciding whether or not to undergo cosmetic surgery.
Is it normal for men to get plastic surgery?
Yes. One million men undergo cosmetic procedures in the US every year. Advances in technique have made it even more possible to reduce scarring and recovery time so that cosmetic procedures offered to men can remain completely discreet. These advances have also made it possible to maintain masculine features while still achieving an improved and more youthful result.
Is facial plastic surgery performed under local or general anesthesia?
Facial plastic surgery is performed under general anesthesia to ensure optimum comfort for the patient and provide an accessible surgical site for the doctor. Minor procedures may be performed under local anesthesia. Patient preference for anesthesia is also considered when creating the surgical plan.
What can I do to minimize bruising and swelling?
Using several pillows to sleep in an elevated and more upright position will help reduce blood flow to the face and can help reduce swelling. A regimen of cold compresses can also help with swelling.
Is plastic surgery safe?
As with any surgery, there are risks associated with plastic surgery. However, complications with plastic surgery are very rare. When selecting your surgeon, make sure your doctor is board certified. This ensures they are applying best practices for safety and medical standards. This will go a long way in ensuring that you are safe and that your facial plastic surgery will be successful.