What you can expect

By Mayo Clinic Staff
  • 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.
Sep. 12, 2014