Cosmetic Surgery

Questions You Have Probably Always Wanted to Ask About Cosmetic Surgery and Procedures

Terms like Botox, filler, liposuction, facelift, and breast implants have become a common part of our lexicon. Yet even though we all seem to have a familiarity with cosmetic surgery, or have undergone procedures ourselves, you probably still have questions. Here are the answers you need: 

Is there a non-surgical option to a nose job?

Rhinoplasty:  Over 350,000 people in the US each year undergo this surgery making it one of the most common plastic surgeries.

What is it?   Rhinoplasty is nose shaping surgery commonly performed for patients who want to improve the appearance of their noses either for cosmetic reasons, after accidents, to improve the airways for better breathing.

Is there a non-surgical procedure/option?  Sometimes injectable fillers such as collagen or calcium hydroxyapatite or fat taken from another part of the body can be used to enhance the look of the nose. This is called “injection rhinoplasty” and is an alternate option to surgery when appropriate.  

If I have fat removed through liposuction, will it reappear elsewhere?

Liposuction completely removes fat cells from a specific area of the body. However, if you gain weight, fat cells in other parts of your body will expand. This means areas that are not normally fat, such as your wrists, may gain weight. Liposuction isn’t about weight loss. You’re usually just taking off a couple of pounds. Liposuction is about contouring. So if you’re bothered by having hips that are out of balance with the rest of your body, liposuction will in all likelihood work for you even if the pounds return. Your body will be more symmetrical.” 

After repeated Botox injections, will facial muscles ever lose the ability to frown?

No. You may need less Botox over the years, but if you stop having injections, frown lines will return. Regularly paralyzed muscles don’t forget how to frown, unless they lose their nerve supply altogether. However, the habit may be modified if it is difficult for the brain to activate these muscles and gradually habitual frowning may diminish simply through lack of use.

How long does it take to recover from cosmetic surgery?

There is a difference between being back on your feet and complete recovery. With make-up, you’ll be presentable two weeks after a facelift, but full recovery can take six months. Most of the swelling with breast reduction disappears within two weeks, but it will be up to nine months before you’re back to normal. After liposuction, you have to spend three weeks wearing very tight bandages over the areas treated. This can be hot, uncomfortable, and embarrassing. It may even affect everyday activities such as using the lavatory. Laser peels require the most dedication. Your face will have been stripped of its top layers of skin and you will be left with a bright red, oozing face. You have to clean the skin to remove any scabs and re-apply special burn cream many times during the day and night.”