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Cosmetic Surgery For The Face

Frequently Asked Questions: Cosmetic Surgery For The Face

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 12:52

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Here are some frequently asked questions related to cosmetic surgery for the face.

Q: What does cosmetic surgery cost?

A: The cost of a procedure will depend upon local rates for the surgeon and the surgical facility. Facility costs include an anesthesiologist, nurses, medicines, and many other factors. A physician should discuss cost and payment with you before you commit to a procedure. Since most cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance, advance payment is usually required.

Q: Does health insurance cover cosmetic surgery for the face?

A: In most cases, procedures done for purely cosmetic reasons are not covered by health insurance. Costs may be covered if a procedure is done to for a medical reason, such as to treat precancerous lesions. Always check with the insurance carrier for exact terms of coverage.

Q: How long do the effects of lift surgery last?

A: The longevity of a lift procedure depends on many factors, such as heredity and life style. Smoking, alcohol consumption, and long exposure to the sun can all shorten the effectiveness of a lift. Some people have a repeat procedure in 5, 10, or 15 years. Other people never have a second procedure.

Q: How much scarring will be caused by surgery?

A: Classical cosmetic procedures (face, brow, and eyelid lifts) will leave scars, though these scars usually fade until they can barely be seen. Endoscopic surgery leaves smaller scars. However, not everyone is a good candidate for an endoscopic procedure.

Q: How long will I have to miss work?

A: Recovery time will vary according to the procedure. Superficial chemical peels and collagen or fat injections probably won't cause any loss of work. Deep chemical peels, dermabrasion, and classical face lifts may require two or three weeks of time at home.

Q: How can I hide scars, swelling, and redness until I return to normal?

A: Both men and women can make use of makeup techniques to disguise the temporary effects of cosmetic surgery.

Q: How do I find a cosmetic surgeon?

A: Professional organizations can provide a list of cosmetic surgeons practicing in an area, but word-of-mouth is sometimes best. Ask people who have had cosmetic surgery how they found their surgeon and whether they were happy with the results. Primary care physicians can also make recommendations. Check a surgeon's experience and credentials. Most public libraries carry the Directory of Medical Specialists, a reference that can be used to check the credentials of any referred physician.

Q: Can I tell beforehand how I will look after surgery?

A: Some practitioners have computer imaging programs that can show a person what the procedure might accomplish.

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