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We know you have a lot of questions about your upcoming procedure so we’ve tried to answer many of the common questions on this page.  If you don’t find the answer here, or if you need more information, please feel free to call us at 956-225-3164.

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR PLASTIC SURGERY?

Anyone in good health, or who may be suffering from a disease that is controlled with proper treatment (ie, hypertension, hypothyroidism), is a possible candidate for plastic surgery.

WHAT IS A GOOD AGE FOR PLASTIC SURGERY?

The optimal time for plastic surgery is often after 18 years when a patient has typically completed a full growth and development cycle. Men and women differ in their optimal age for cosmetic surgery. Certain surgeries are specifically intended to correct the visible effects of aging or to restore a woman’s body after childbirth. An exception to the rule is otoplasty, which can be done after 7 years due to system development of the ears compared to the rest of the body.

HOW SAFE IS PLASTIC SURGERY?

Your health and safety are of the utmost importance.  When selecting a plastic surgeon, some of the factors which you should consider are:

  • The quality and experience of a team of surgeons.
  • Certified anesthesiologist.
  • A secure clinic, with proper equipment that meets the quality standards required by the appropriate regulatory medical organization.
  • A healthy patient.

There are many questions you should ask to determine the risks involved in any surgical procedure, and the best time to ask is during the consultation and assessment with your physician. Ask about the members of the surgical team and why they were selected, as well as credentials and references of the professionals who will be providing your treatment.

HOW SAFE IS ANESTHESIA?

Anesthesia is one of the safest and most advanced procedures in medicine today.  Only certified anesthesiologists are allowed to provide anesthesia to patients during surgical procedures. It is the only medical specialty regulated by law to protect patients. Anesthetic agents are highly accurate, which means that there are fewer side effects such as pain, nausea, and special treatments are available to control postoperative pain.  You should always have a consultation with the anesthesiologist before surgery, so he or she can perform a physical laboratory test to verify that anesthesia is safe for you.

HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR THE SURGERY?

The process includes the preoperative evaluation and consultation with the surgeon and anesthesiologist, and the laboratory tests. The anesthesiologist will indicate which medicines to take before surgery. Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or take medications without the doctor’s prescription the night before surgery. It is recommended to have a light dinner, and you should not eat after midnight. Try to rest the day before and go to bed early that night.

WHAT SHOULD I DO ON THE DAY OF SURGERY?

Wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Remove all jewelry, including piercings.  Remove nail polish and makeup. Bring someone who can take care of you after your surgery.

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER SURGERY?

Make sure to have enough rest and have someone with you close at all times. Take light food during the first 48 hours. Be sure to follow all the medications prescribed by your surgeon.

WHAT POSTOPERATIVE CARE DO I NEED TO HAVE?

A quick recovery without complications involves proper care. Specialized physical therapy treatments and proper management of inflammatory fluids is essential to avoid for prolonged inflammations and accumulation (seroma). Always follow the instructions of your surgeon indicates.  Use of compression garments and foam strip is recommended.

DO I NEED TO FOLLOW A SPECIAL DIET?

The first 48 hours after surgery you should avoid meat, raw fish, dairy products, acidic foods. Remember to have a light diet. The initial recovery process requires an adequate intake of calories and protein to promote healing and repair processes. Therefore it is important to include a proper balanced diet to individual needs?

10. HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY? HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REMOVE THE SUTURES AND DRAINS?

Most symptoms such as pain and swelling usually decrease significantly within eight days post surgery. The suture points and the drains are usually removed at that time. You must return to your daily activities slowly. During the first eight days after surgery, your physical activity should be limited.

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WEAR THE COMPRESSION GARMENT?

It depends on the surgery that was performed. In a 4D High Definition Liposuction, the compression garment must be worn for 1-3 months. Your surgeon will tell you exactly how long to use it.

WHEN I CAN GET BACK TO WORK?

You can return to work in about 8 days. If you work at a desk or in an office, it will be easier for you to return to work. If you work outdoors or if you are required to perform physical activity, you may require more recovery time.

HOW SOON CAN I START EXERCISING AGAIN?

You can start exercising around the third week after surgery, but only light cardiovascular exercises.

WHEN IS OKAY TO HAVE SEX?

It depends on the person and when postoperative care has been completed, but around eight days after the procedure is a good estimate.

WHEN CAN I DRESS NORMALLY?

After the surgery, you will be given a girdle to help  your body adjust to your new figure. Sometimes there will be a band of medicinal foam that accelerates the healing process, which can cause the patient to look “stuffed”. In most patients, after a month you can wear normal clothing over the garment.

CAN I GO TO A NIGHT CLUB?

Exposure to cold or other adverse environmental conditions can cause pain symptoms from  worsening, especially after procedures such as body contouring surgeries. It is recommend to bring warm clothing to avoid unpleasant side effects for at least one month the after surgery.

WHEN I CAN TAN OR SUNBATHE?

It depends on the speed of healing. Swelling and bruises have to be gone before sun exposure. It is recommended that you wait at least three months before spending an extended period of time in the sun.

WHEN CAN I TRAVEL?

You should take the most recovery time possible before traveling. Patients who come from far away are recommended to wait at least eight days before returning home. The first eight days are critical recovery period.