- Care is targeted to the individual needs of each patient.
- Realistic expectations are key — the goal is improvement, not perfection.
- Everyone is asymmetrical.
- Each patient has a different result.
- Patients will have at least two visits with the surgeon and/or another member of the health care team before surgery.
- It is essential that a patient be in good physical and mental health.
- Abstaining from all nicotine products and avoiding secondhand smoke for at least six weeks before and after surgery is crucial.
- Surgical scars are permanent.
- Bruising and swelling are temporary.
- Some surgeries require drains.
- Recovery times vary by person and procedure, but a minimum of 6 to 12 weeks is typical for many cosmetic surgeries.
- Insurance does not usually cover cosmetic procedures.
- Patients may need follow-up surgeries to achieve their goals.
- The wait between surgeries is generally at least four months.