What is plastic surgery and how does

it differ from cosmetic surgery?


Plastic or cosmetic surgeries are two terms used interchangeably to describe a surgical specialty dedicated to enhance the appearance of certain facial and/or body defects. The word "plastic" initially came from the Greek word "plastikos", meaning to mold or shape something, lately the word "cosmetic" has started being used in addition to "plastic" or as a replacement to it.




What is the difference between plastic and reconstructive surgery?

Plastic/Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal features of the face and/or body to improve appearance. Reconstructive Surgery is performed to reconstruct abnormal structures and function of the face and/or body, caused by congenital defects, accidents or disease. 


What are non surgical cosmetic procedures?

No surgical cosmetic procedures include injectibles such as Botox and facial rejuvenating injections, fillers such as collagen, and a variety of skin resurfacing and body enhancing machines.


Is plastic surgery covered by insurance?

Plastic/Cosmetic surgery is not covered by insurance, however, some reconstructive procedures performed to correct the function of a certain part of the face and/or body are often covered by insurance.

Who is a good candidate for plastic surgery?

The perfect plastic surgery candidate is anybody who is healthy and has realistic expectations with regards to enhancing the appearance of a certain part of his/her face or body.


Is there a certain minimum age to pursue plastic surgery?

Since plastic surgery is a surgery of choice, not necessity, it is usually performed with no age restrictions so long as the defect that requires enhancement is apparent and as long as the face and/or body area to be operated upon is fully grown.


Is plastic surgery outpatient or inpatient?

All plastic surgery procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. In some cases when the patient's working schedule necessitates having the surgery performed at night, a one night stay may be required.

Do plastic surgery procedures require general anesthesia?

No, all plastic surgery procedures are performed under local anesthesia with sedation with the exception of Breast procedures and Arm lifting. Even Tummy Tuck is performed under spinal anesthesia, where only the lower part of the body is anesthetized.

How much pain is there after plastic surgery?

Every different plastic surgery procedure carries a different level of post operative discomfort. In general plastic surgery procedures cause significantly less pain than other surgeries as they only attend to skin, fat and in some procedures muscle.

How experienced should a plastic surgeon be?

A plastic surgeon should be highly experienced in the procedure the patient is considering. This is mainly evident according to the number of this same procedure that the surgeon has performed. Asking to see pictures of previous cases for the same procedure generally give the patient an idea of the amount of experience the surgeon has in this procedure.


What will happen during the consultation with the surgeon?

During the consultation, the surgeon will examine the patient and discuss all aspects of the surgery with him/her. It is recommended that the patient asks all the questions he/she wants to ask and expresses his/her desired result and expectations from the procedure.


How long will the results of the plastic surgery last?

Plastic surgery results last forever. However, it is important to note that as time goes by, the nature of the human body changes, this natural aging process has its natural effect on the body whether or not plastic surgery was performed.


Will plastic surgery leave a scar?

All surgery leaves scars, with plastic surgery the scars are almost always placed in natural creases of the face and/or body where they are almost invisible. Plastic surgeons also utilize techniques which leave a very faint scar that in time fades into a fine white line that is quite difficult to see.


Do plastic surgeries of the abdominal area or breast affect

pregnancy or lactation?

Plastic surgeries of the abdominal area such as liposuction and/or tummy tuck have no interference what so ever with pregnancy as these procedures only address fat, skin and in some cases abdominal muscles. Breast procedures have no interference with lactation, as lactation is mainly governed by the patient's natural ability to lactate and not any remodeling of the breast tissue.


How much time off work is needed after plastic surgeries?

Different plastic surgeries have different down time. Generally speaking, all plastic surgery procedures have a down time of 2 to 7 days.

When can exercise or sports be resumed after plastic surgeries?

Different plastic surgeries require a variably different time off sports or exercise post operatively. On average it is generally safe to resume exercise or impact sports one month after surgery.