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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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