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Plastic Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a good candidate for plastic surgery?
Individuals in good general health are typically good candidates for cosmetic surgery. It is very important for prospective patients to have realistic expectations for their surgery results. During your consultation with your plastic surgeon, it is important to openly discuss your previous medical history, plastic surgery goals and any concerns you have so that your surgeon can make an informed and realistic assessment about your candidacy for cosmetic surgery.

What is the right age for plastic surgery?
There’s no hard and fast rule as to the right age for plastic surgery. Gwinnett Medical Center evaluates each cosmetic surgery patient on a case-by-case basis. During a consultation, your surgeon will take into account individual factors, such as your unique body type, size and age.

Is plastic surgery safe?
As with all surgical procedures, there is some level of risk. To reduce your chances of complications, Gwinnett Medical Center employs some of the region’s top plastic surgeons. In addition, it is important that you follow all of your doctor’s pre- and post-operative instructions carefully, and thoroughly discuss any and all medical conditions with your doctor prior to your procedure. This way, you’ll be sure you and your plastic surgeon are prepared and that your body is appropriately cared for before, during and after surgery.

Does it really matter where the surgery is performed?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends that people select a surgeon who is board certified and has operating privileges at medical facilities credentialed in plastic surgery procedures. Having a procedure performed at a Gwinnett Medical Center hospital guarantees that your surgeon currently has operating privileges and is board certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

How do I prepare for surgery?
Preparing for plastic surgery procedures such as a rhinoplasty, liposuction, breast implants, reconstructive surgery or a face lift, although fairly easy, is necessary for a successful surgical outcome. The process begins with a surgical consultation in order for you to thoroughly understand what the procedure involves, the course of recovery and the ideal outcome.

Then, Gwinnett Medical Center will bring you in for a preoperative surgical interview. During the interview our nursing staff and an anesthetist will review your health history, answer your questions, give you additional instructions on surgery preparation and tell you what to expect. The interview process may take one to two hours, so please plan your schedule accordingly.

Is plastic surgery covered by insurance?
If the surgery is for reconstructive purposes, insurance may cover your procedure. For cosmetic surgeries, insurance is usually not involved. Your surgeon can help you determine if, and to what extent, insurance will be able to help.

Visit Gwinnett Medical Center’s patient and visitor information page for more details.

Is plastic surgery outpatient or inpatient?
Most plastic surgery procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, with some exceptions. Cases where a patient is recommended to stay overnight include:

  • When a patient lives alone—surgery patients often require some assistance after their surgery.
  • When there are multiple surgeries and it is necessary to monitor the patient’s overall condition and pain.
  • On the rare occasion that complications arise.

Are there any products or behaviors I should limit to prepare for surgery?
There are a number of steps you can take to maximize your surgical results, including:

  • Stop taking any non-prescribed supplements (vitamins, minerals and herbal products) seven days prior to surgery.
  • Discontinue smoking at least six weeks prior to surgery to avoid healing problems and serious medical complications following surgery.
  • Consult with your surgeon if you are taking aspirin or products with anticoagulation properties about when or whether to discontinue them before surgery to minimize the risk of unnecessary bleeding.

You want to be at your best health at the time of surgery. For this reason, if you develop a cold or fever, pimples, rashes, or open wounds, contact the office immediately to reschedule your procedure and minimize the risk of surgical complications.

For more information about plastic surgery at Gwinnett Medical Center, click to find a physician or call 678-312-5000.