Frequently Asked Questions about Cosmetic Surgery

What is Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery?

Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty that remodels the body or face.

  • Cosmetic or plastic surgery, which is optional surgery done to improve natural appearance, or enhance an aspect of the body which the person feels bad about.

At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center, we do not offer reconstructive surgery. We do offer a wide array of cosmetic surgery, such as liposuction to remove pockets of unwanted fat, facelifts to repair the effects of aging, and tummy tucks to flatten the abdomen.

Will I need to stay in a hospital?

Most procedures can be performed as an outpatient allowing you to go home the same day.  Some more extensive procedures may require a one or two night stay.  Your surgeon will discuss the best options for you.

What sort of anesthetic is used in cosmetic surgery?

Either local or general anesthetic can be used, depending on how extensive the surgical procedure will be. Many plastic surgery procedures can be done with a local anesthetic, on an out-patient basis, and you can go home afterwards. Examples of that would be eyelid surgery and ear surgery.

When the procedure will be invasive or complex, such as breast augmentation, a general anesthetic is used. That means that you’d be completely unconscious for the duration and would wake with no memory of what happened. A fully qualified anesthesiologist would calibrate and administer the anesthesia, would monitor your vital signs during the procedure, and would give permission for you to go home when you were fully conscious again. In some cases, you might stay overnight in the surgical facility.

Do I need to be put to sleep for the surgery?

Many procedures are performed under a local anesthetic. This is often supplemented with intravenous sedation administered by an anesthesiologist. For some procedures, patients are more comfortable with a general anesthetic (completely asleep). Your surgeon will discuss the various options with you and help you decide which is best.

How will I look?

Some swelling and bruising can be expected with any procedure. Swelling will usually begin to subside within several days, while bruising may take several weeks to completely fade. If the bruising is in a visible area, makeup may be used to cover any discoloration.

Will I be in pain afterwards?

Most surgical procedures cause some degree of pain or discomfort afterwards, but Dr. Serota would give you a pain prescription ahead of time, so that when the anesthetic wears off you’ll have your pain medication at hand. The period of time during which you might need to take pain pills will vary depending on how extensive your plastic surgery was. Dr. Serota will discuss this ahead of time with you, and give you an instruction sheet for how to best expedite your recovery.

Will I have scars afterwards?

Yes. All incisions leave scars, and all cosmetic surgery requires an incision of some kind, whether it’s done with a scalpel, a laser, or some other instrument. This is another topic that you can discuss with Dr. Serota during the planning stage. Depending on what procedure you’ll be having, the scar can be very well hidden, such as the facelift scars, which will be inside the hairline, and breast augmentation where the scars are hidden beneath the breast .

Scarring is an individual thing and not necessarily easy to predict. Some people heal quickly with small, faint scars, and others heal more slowly with larger, raised, and even red scars. If this turns out to be the case, there are several treatment options to improve the look of the scar. Scarring is also partly determined by heredity and racial background. If necessary, you can consult Dr. Serota about scar reduction surgery. Remember too, that it takes the best part of a year for a scar to fully subside and fade into its permanent appearance.

What is the initial consultation like?

The consultation is done by Dr. Serota himself, and will take about 90 minutes. He’ll listen to your concerns and what you’d like to accomplish, and answer your questions. He’ll also make recommendations and suggest the plastic surgery procedures that he thinks will best achieve your goals. We have a library of “Before and After” photos which we add to constantly, so that you can see what kind of result to expect from each type of plastic surgery procedure. Dr. Serota will assess your medical history and determine whether you’d be a good candidate for the procedures you’re interested in having.

How long do the results last?

It is not possible to accurately predict how long it might be before an individual would consider additional surgery. Although the results of most procedures are permanent, time continues to march onward for everyone. Thus, the effects of aging and gravity will continue and, after several years, some patients may desire additional procedures to maintain the desired result.

Will my insurance pay for my cosmetic surgery?

Probably not because cosmetic surgeries are elective procedures and not medically necessary.

The Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center does not contract with any insurance companies; however, we do work with a variety of financing companies.

We offer a variety of easy payment options so that you can fit your expenses comfortably into your budget. Please call or email us for more details, and we’ll be very happy to work with you.

How soon can I go back to work?

That depends on which particular plastic surgery procedure you have, and on what type of work you do. If your work is sedentary, and your surgery was not major or complex, you could return to work in 5-7 days. If your work is more vigorous, a longer rest period would be wise. If your plastic surgery is major, such as a abdominoplasty, you’d probably be best taking 2-3 weeks off work, to give your body the best chance of full recovery. Dr. Serota will discuss this with you during the planning stage.

What are the risks of cosmetic surgery?

The risks are partly dependent on which procedure you choose to have, and Dr. Serota will cover this during your initial discussions with him. All surgery carries some risk, and in some rare cases complications do arise afterwards. But most people, especially if they follow Dr. Serota’s recovery instructions and care for themselves well, encounter little or no complication after their cosmetic surgery. Infection is usually prevented by taking an antibiotic. Bleeding is seldom a problem because of the sophisticated tools and techniques which Dr. Serota uses.

If you have a concern about any specific risk or complication of your cosmetic surgery procedure, please feel free to raise it with Dr. Serota, and together you can explore its likelihood, and how best to deal with it if it does arise.

What will the recovery period be like?

Everyone wants to know about their recovery and when they can resume their regular routines. This will contain sound advice for the recovering cosmetic surgery patient.

The First Few Days

Expect to look worse before you look better. Nearly all cosmetic surgery procedures involve swelling and bruising. You may even look unsightly temporarily. As swelling and bruising fades, you will begin to see results.

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Is it affordable?

Cosmetic surgery is not usually covered by insurance plans. The cost consists of the surgeons fees, fees for the facility and anesthesia and the cost of any implants if needed. Your surgeon is concerned about fees and has tried to make his charges as fair and competitive as possible. In many instances, he has negotiated favorable fees with surgical facilities and anesthesia providers for your benefit. All fees are expected to be paid in full before surgery. Payment may be in the form of cash, checks and credit cards. Financing is available to qualified patients.

To find out more about our cosmetic procedures please contact us or take our online cosmetic self evaluation to find out what procedures might be best for you. To schedule your personal consultation with the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center in Aurora, Colorado call 303-367-9000.