FAQs - Questions about Plastic Surgery

What will my consultation be like?
During the initial consultation, the doctor will go over all the options such as which procedure is best suited for the patients' needs, expected results of surgery, and any complications that may be involved with surgery. There is no consultation fee.

How much will my surgery cost?
The cost of surgery will vary depending on the procedure. The quoted cost that the office will provide is totally inclusive with anesthesia, operating room fee and the follow up cost.

What payment options do you accept?
We accept all major credit cards, cash and check payments.

How should I prepare for surgery?

You should go over all of the medication and supplements that you are taking with the office staff once you decide to have surgery. This includes any pharmaceutical medication, aspirin, herbal medicines and vitamins. Some medications and supplements may contain blood thinner which should be noted prior to surgery. Certain procedures may require the patient to stop smoking at the time leading up to the surgery.

What types of anesthesia do you use?

We use all types of anesthesia in our office. We have a certified ambulatory operating room which allows us to use general and local anesthesia as well as IV sedation. The type of anesthesia used depends on the surgical procedure as well as the patient’s preference.

When will I be able to return to my normal activities?
Most patients are able to return to normal activities after surgery within one to two weeks depending on the surgery. Some may even return to work within several days.

What are the most common procedures?
Eyelid surgery tends to be the most commonly performed procedure followed by liposuction. Breast implants have also become increasingly popular now that the use of silicone is FDA approved.

Is the doctor board certified?
Yes, Dr. Kwan is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is the only organization that certifies plastic surgeons.

Is plastic surgery covered by insurance?

Generally cosmetic surgery is not covered by insurance. If the surgery is for reconstructive purposes, some insurance companies will cover the cost.

Are breast implants safe?
Yes, breast implants have always been safe. The controversy over silicone implants has been largely settled now that they are FDA approved for use.

I want to have nose surgery, but what if the nose I want is not the nose shape the plastic surgeon recommends?
With cosmetic surgery the patient’s goals are the most important. The patient must feel comfortable with the change they are making. If the plastic surgeon disagrees with your desire a second opinion is recommended.

I am a breast cancer patient interested in breast reconstructive surgery. What are my options?
There are several reconstructive options available for breast cancer patients. The breast can be reconstructed using either the patient’s body tissue or with a breast implant. The use of body tissue from the abdomen will yield good cosmetic results. The procedure, called TRAM flap (Transverse Rectus Abdominis Myocutaneous) is the most commonly body tissue used. However, this procedure is a lengthy operation with potential complications and prolonged hospitalization. The use of a breast implant and tissue expander is much simpler and provides good cosmetic results.

Is office surgery safe?
Yes, we have performed thousands of procedures in our office over the last 13 years. Our office is an AAAASF certified ambulatory surgery facility with all safeguards in place.

I am interested in improving my looks but do not want invasive surgery. What are my options?
Many patients are looking for an alternate option to invasive surgery. There are many options available for non-invasive procedures such as botox, restylane, and juvederm. These injections can improve your appearance with very few side effects and patients can return to normal activity immediately. There are also other smaller procedures such as fat injection and limited liposuction which have a short down time.

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  • Edmund Kwan, M.D.
    5  Edmund Kwan, M.D. - reviews
    Dr. Kwan is by far the most talented surgeon I have EVER crossed paths with. I came to Dr. Kwan after an under eye fat transplant, performed 'by another' plastic surgeon, which deformed my face. It was only until I was under Dr.Kwan's care that the deformity was corrected. Dr. Kwan literally gave me back my beauty. This was a priceless feeling. That was about 4 years ago, I can assure you ever since- Dr. Kwan is the ONLY plastic surgeon I trust my face and body to. I look forward to my body contouring procedure coming up in a few weeks!! :)
  • Rating: 5 NYC Plastic Surgeon - Five Star Reviews By Mascha N.
    The staff treated me very kindly, with respect and genuine smiles. Dr Kwan is a real professional in my opinion. He took the time to listen to my story, addressed my concerns and took his time to walk me through the process and give me his opinion and explanation on his recommendation. I had my surgery in his practice and we went over everything again before I met up with the anesthesiologist, who was equally as nice and professional as everyone else at his practice. We started counting bikes ... and after bike #6 I fell a sleep. When I woke up, he was there to tell me I did great and before I knew it I was in a taxi cab back home with my best friend who came to pick me up. So I don't know if this is typical, but I had no pain whatsoever after the surgery. . I am very very happy with the results. Dr Kwan did an amazing job and I couldn't be more pleased.
    Mascha N.
  • Rating: 5 NYC Plastic Surgeon - Five Star Reviews By Rocky P.
    I was invovled in an automobile accident last May, 2013. The outcome from the emergency room left me with 5 stitches on the bridge of my nose, and the tip of my nose was missing due to the severe impact of the accident. I called and scheduled an appointment to visit Dr. Kwan so he could assess my nose. Upon arriving to the office, I was immediately impressed with the facility, service, and profesionalism of his staff. Dr. Kwan met with me and examined my nose and in detail, he explained the approach he would take in order to get my nose like brand new again.On the day of my surgery, I was met by Dr Kwan, who performed the surgery, himself. His Anestigeologist was very informative and professional as well. The outcome of Phase 1 was a success. In addition to that, the staff even called my medication into the pharmacy that way it would be ready as soon as I left the office. My nose is 98% back to normal, I now look forward to Phase 2 to be completed. After that procedure is done I am positive my nose will look absolutely perfect and I will be back to my confident self again. Thanks Dr Kwan and Staff.
    Rocky P.
  • Rating: 5 NYC Plastic Surgeon - Five Star Reviews By Glenn C.
    I have had several surgeries with Dr Kwan, and would recommend him highly. Liposuction of abdomen and love handles came out smooth. Upper eyelids look younger and refreshed, and the Basal Cell Cancer he cut out of my nose is not even visible, despite the fact that it was right along the rim of my left nostril.
    Glenn C.
  • Rating: 5 NYC Plastic Surgeon - Five Star Reviews By T. Cannon
    I have been using Dr Kwan for over 10 years now. I have had many different procedures and all of them have turned out great. One of the breast augmentations had a crimp in the left breast and he had no problem going in to revise it to assure my satisfaction. I have always liked the way he answers each of my concerns and we go over everything for each procedure I've done several times to assure we are on the same page :) Take a list of any questions or concerns an I guarantee you will love your results no matter what procedure he is doing for you! .
    T. Cannon

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