Frequently Asked Questions

To determine if facial plastic and reconstructive surgery would benefit you, it is important to be well informed. The following provides answers to some frequently asked questions about facial plastic and reconstructive surgery:

Am I a candidate for plastic surgery?

If you are in good health and have realistic expectations, you may be a candidate. Lifestyle and certain underlying medical conditions may affect your risks for any type of surgery. You should realize that with facial plastic surgery it is not a science, but an art. Results are difficult to predict. Having realistic goals is probably the most important criteria for achieving a good result. You need to be able to communicate your expectations to your surgeon, while the surgeon needs to blend experience, judgment and aesthetic sense to help you arrive at a common goal. Understanding the limitations can help you have realistic expectations. Your doctor will discuss your individual situation with you in detail during your office visit.

How successful is plastic surgery?

If both you and your surgeon have realistic expectations and a common goal, cosmetic surgery of the face is usually a successful venture. Potential complications are rare and will be discussed with you in preparation for your surgery so you can make an informed decision.

Will my insurance cover the surgery?

Insurance does not generally cover surgery that is purely for cosmetic reasons. Surgery to improve breathing and repair nasal trauma is often covered during rhinoplasty or nasal surgery. Surgery to correct or improve sagging foreheads and brows which interfere with vision may be paid in whole or in part by your insurance. Check with your insurance carrier to determine their policies regarding payment for a particular procedure.

What happens at my first office visit?

To make the most of your first office visit, write down specific questions or concerns you have about a procedure. Together with the surgeon, you can set realistic expectations. The following suggestions can make your visit both informative and productive:

Questions to ask yourself before the visit

  • Which areas are of the most concern to me?
  • What would I like changed?
  • Why, at this time in my life, am I seeking a change in my appearance?
  • How will a change in my appearance affect my life?
  • How will a change in my appearance affect my family, friends, and associates?

Things to consider bringing with you to your first appointment

  • A list of questions
  • Information about your past medical history, including:
    • Illnesses
    • Hospitalizations
    • Previous surgeries
    • Medical conditions
    • Medications
    • Drug allergies
    • Name and address of your personal physician
    • Old photos of yourself if you are contemplating facial rejuvenation

After a thorough history and physical examination, the surgeon will ask you questions about your reasons for the visit and what results you hope to achieve. During the initial consultation, photographs are usually taken. These are an important aspect of surgery planning and documentation and will become part of your confidential medical record. Your surgeon will then explain various options, and give you an opinion as to the results that could be achieved with treatment, as well as explain potential risks and complications.