Before undergoing any plastic surgery procedure, patients should be very clear about the various factors that can impact surgery. At Song Plastic Surgery in Irvine, CA, Dr. Kyle Song offers personalized consultations to discuss the elected procedure(s) and address any questions or concerns of the patient.
How safe is it? It is important to understand going into any plastic surgery procedure that every operation carries some element of risk. However, that can be largely mitigated by choosing an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon, who is experienced in performing the plastic surgery procedure that you want done. In addition, patients should fully disclose any existing health conditions that may disqualify them from surgery. They should also carefully adhere to the instructions regarding pre and post-operative care.
What type of anesthesia will be used? Depending on the type of plastic surgery procedure being performed, either general anesthesia or twilight anesthesia may be used. General anesthesia is administered by an anesthesiologist and the anesthetic agents used render the patient unconscious. With twilight anesthesia patients are heavily sedated, but not unconscious.
Will insurance cover the plastic surgery procedure? Generally, insurance companies will cover reconstructive procedures, such as breast reconstruction. However cosmetic procedures are not covered. Patients should seek assistance from the plastic surgeon regarding the extent to which insurance can assist with these procedures, or if they do so at all.
Am I a good candidate? The best candidates are individuals in good health, who and have realistic expectations about the outcome of surgery. It is important that during consultations with the plastic surgeon patients are very clear about their goals, so that the surgeon can make an informed determination about their suitability.
When can I resume regular activities? This usually depends on the type of procedure performed. However patients are advised not to drive after surgery. All strenuous activity should be avoided for up to 4 weeks, or until otherwise advised by the surgeon.