How long will the results of my plastic surgery last?
Plastic surgery lasts forever. That doesn't mean that your appearance won't change. As time goes by you will, of course, grow older and you will slowly age. But imagine your plastic surgery makes you look 10 years younger, then you will always look 10 years younger, even as you grow older. So you will always look better or younger than your imaginary twin who did not have cosmetic surgery.
Will plastic surgery leave a scar?
All surgery leaves scars. Plastic surgeons utilize techniques which are designed to leave the best scar possible. We also try to hide scars in areas of the body or face which are difficult to see. Your scar will be red for a few months and then will slowly start to fade. In most patients the scars eventually fade to a white line. In most patients the scars, while present, are faint, hidden and difficult to see.
What can I do to improve my scar?
There are many things the patient can do to help scars fade. Proper wound care in the healing period is important. We will give you instructions on how to take care of your wound in the post-operative period. This will help healing and ultimately the appearance of the scar. At The Plastic Surgery Clinic we use new techniques such as silicone pad application to make your scars look better.
Do I need to lose weight before my plastic surgery
It is usually not necessary to lose weight before undergoing plastic surgery. Patients who are very overweight may need to start weight reduction before surgery but trying to lose weight down to a level which is impossible to live at is never a good idea.
What will happen if I gain or lose weight after my surgery?
Many patients lose weight after plastic surgery. Patients who have had liposuction, tummy tuck or breast reduction often find that their plastic surgery has given them the head start they need and subsequently go on to experience significant weight reduction after surgery. Patients who maintain their weight find that their plastic surgery results are also maintained.
What will happen if I become pregnant after my surgery?
It is perfectly acceptable to become pregnant after plastic surgery. Plastic surgery will not affect your ability or the safety to have children. Your body will go through the natural changes which are associated with pregnancy. This means that for some surgery, your appearance will change after having children. In most cases however you will always look better than if you did not have the plastic surgery.
How much time off will I need after my surgery?
Most patients need at least a week off work or school after having plastic surgery. Trying to return sooner will be difficult, can result in more bruising and will just slow down the entire healing process. Some operations require more time off. Gentle working out can usually be resumed after 2 weeks and most patients can resume normal sporting activities in 4 to 6 weeks.
Does cosmetic breast surgery affect my risk of breast cancer?
No. Many medical studies have conclusively shown that breast augmentation, breast reduction and breast lift do not increase your risk of breast cancer. In fact a few studies have shown that patients who undergo these procedures have a lower risk of breast cancer than normal women.
Will there be much pain with my plastic surgery?
During your operation you will have no pain. Most patients are pleasantly surprised that they had less pain after their operation than they thought they would.
Does your clinic charge a consultation fee?
No, we do not charge a consultation fee. Consultations are free.
Do I need a referral to see Dr. Lista?
No any patient can simply phone to make an appointment. Many family physicians refer their patients to see Dr. Lista. If you have been referred, we ask that you bring your physicians referral note to your consultation with Dr. Lista.
Is cosmetic surgery covered by health insurance?
Most cosmetic surgery is not covered by health insurance. Patients who have been disfigured as a result of accidents may receive reimbursement for their surgery from insurance companies. Some operations, such as breast reduction, may be partially paid for by insurance with prior approval.
Is plastic surgery expensive?
Most patients are pleased that plastic surgery is very affordable. Payment plans have made plastic surgery financially available to an even greater number of people. Plastic surgery is a permanent investment in how you look. Prices for most operations may be obtained by phoning or e-mailing the office. For some operations the price may vary with the patients' condition. Dr Lista will give you the exact price of your operation at your consultation.
If I decide to have surgery, how long will I have to wait?
For operations performed at the clinic, the wait is usually only a few weeks. For surgery which requires a hospital stay, the wait may be a little longer.
How do I pay for my surgery?
At The Plastic Surgery Clinic we accept all major credit cards and debit cards. We also have several financing plans available.