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Frequently Asked Questions About Plastic Surgery

Aug 27, 2008
With a decision as important as a plastic surgery procedure, you may have a number of questions about preparing for the procedure, recovering from the procedure, and the procedure itself.


Your surgeon will prescribe anesthesia to minimize discomfort while he/she performs the treatment or surgery. The different types of anesthetics used are as follows:

1. General Anesthetic

This is a full anesthetic, carried out in hospital under the care of a qualified anesthetist. It enables the surgeon to carry out your operation without any discomfort to you, or knowledge that the operation is taking place. Operations carried out under general anesthetic may be done as outpatient or inpatient care.

2. Sedation with local anesthetic

A sedating drug is given to you in order that you sleep throughout the operation. This is administered by a qualified anesthetist who cares for you during the operation. The surgeon will also use a local anesthetic at the operation site to ensure the area is numb and that you are not disturbed from your "sleep". Most operations carried out under sedation enable you to return home the same day of treatment.

3. Local Anesthetic

The surgeon injects a numbing solution to the area that is being treated to minimize any discomfort you may feel during the operation. You will be fully awake during the treatment and able to immediately discharge when finished.


Patients having cosmetic surgery want to improve the way they look. It is important therefore that scarring is kept to a minimum. This is kept in the forefront of our minds when carrying out treatment and always aim to keep scars as small as possible and positioned as discreetly as possible.

We strongly recommend that scars are kept out of the sun or protected with a sun block cream, as sun damage can slow or prevent the healing and fading of scars. With correct care and protection after surgery, most scars fade to become barely noticeable.


Depending on the type of treatment, usually after cosmetic surgery some form of skin stitch needs to be removed. Depending on the operation, these may be removed between 3 and 14 days afterwards.


By the nature of it, cosmetic surgery is quite superficial and does not generally cause much swelling or bruising. Within 24 hours of surgery, discomfort is usually abated with mild oral analgesia. Depending on the type of surgery you have and your own healing process, the surgeon will explain what sort of recovery you should expect.


Pre and post-operatively, patients are generally advised to avoid smoking, alcohol, aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. Ibuprofen). All these can have an adverse effect on your recovery, slowing down the healing process or causing other complications.

It is generally advisable to refrain from strenuous activities while stitches and dressings are still in place. Your surgeon will inform you how long to refrain from different activities depending on the surgery you have.


The redefining of features gives results that are generally permanent and need no future review. The full results of surgery are obtained generally between 4 weeks and up to several months following surgery.


When necessary, appointments are made for you to attend Beverly Hills Physicians for any post-treatment care.

Our physicians are always available to advise and care for you to ensure a smooth and safe recovery. Most patients attend the clinic after surgery at one week for removal of stitches, six weeks for a check up with your surgeon and and a few months for final discharge. We are of course pleased to help you after this time should the need arise.
About the Author
Beverly Hills Physician is an online resource for plastic surgery in Beverly Hills. Learn more about plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures at http://www.beverlyhillsphysicians.com/about/ and http://www.beverlyhillsphysicians.com/faq.php.
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