If you’ve been thinking about having some cosmetic work done but been too scared to make the first step, this article is for you. We all have questions that we want to ask a cosmetic surgeon, but getting the answers can be a bit tricky without booking, and paying for, a consultation. Luckily for you, we have compiled a list of answers to some of the most common cosmetic surgery questions to get you started.
While you read through the list, it’s important to remember that everyone is unique, and you should always consult with your physician to ensure that the cosmetic surgery procedure you’ve booked in for is suitable for you.
With that out of the way, let’s have a look at what people are most curious about when it comes to plastic surgery:
What is the Difference Between Cosmetic Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery?
In simple terms, cosmetic surgery is performed to alter your appearance where was reconstructive surgery is performed to restore your appearance or improve bodily function. For example, a breast augmentation would be considered cosmetic surgery, whereas a woman opting for breast implants following a mastectomy would be considered reconstructive surgery. In the same way, rhinoplasty to correct a deviated septum and ease breathing would be reconstructive surgery, while rhinoplasty to simply alter the shape of your nose would fall under the cosmetic surgery umbrella.
Another important thing to consider is insurance coverage. Most cosmetic procedures are considered ‘elective’ and are therefore not covered by most insurance policies. Reconstructive surgery, on the other hand, is considered medically required and therefore typically covered, although coverage for different procedures can vary widely.
How Long Does Recover Take? How Can I Manage the Pain?
These are both valid questions, and the simple answer is, it depends. Everyone reacts to surgery in their own way, and pain thresholds vary from person to person. As a general rule, outpatient procedures like Botox Injections and other facial procedures cause minimal discomfort, liposuction is a bit more uncomfortable, while abdominoplasty (tummy tucks) and breast augmentations can cause discomfort on the level of a C-Section.
Your surgeon will prescribe the appropriate pain medications to help minimize any discomfort and provide other pain management techniques. You must ensure you follow these instructions to the letter to give yourself the best chances at making a quick recovery.
What Happens if I’m Not Happy with the Results?
Patience is vital here. You need to remember that swelling and bruising is normal after any type of cosmetic procedure. Some patients will see results in around three weeks, others in three months, and for others still, the full results may not be apparent until six to eight months after the surgery. It really does depend on how much work you’ve had done, how long it takes for the post-surgical swelling and bruising to go down, and in some cases, post-operative scars to fade.
That being said, if you are feeling concerned, don’t hesitate to speak up during your follow-up appointment. It’s perfectly fine to voice disappointment, and a good doctor will happily address your concerns, walk you through the recovery process and discuss the next steps if needed.
Are Cosmetic Surgery Results Permanent?
That really does depend on the procedure. For instance, if you’ve had Botox Injections and are concerned about the myth that your face is now frozen, then no, the effects will wear off in 3-4 months. That’s why you need to have regular injections if your aim is to prevent the appearance of wrinkles. The ‘frozen’ faces you see in glossy magazines are actually the results of botched injections, where the patient was injected with a different substance, like cement.
Another concern is fat returning after a liposuction. While this is technically possible, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about provided that you maintain your weight. When it comes to breast augmentations, while the implants themselves last forever, wear and tear can cause a rupture or leak, so it is recommended you have a check-up every couple of years to make sure there are no issues.
We hope you’ve found the information in the article helpful and has given you the boost you may have needed to take the plunge. Share your cosmetic surgery questions and experiences in the comments below!