Dr. Lampert has answered many questions over the years concerning all aspects of plastic surgery. Some of the more frequently asked questions are listed here.
Am I a good candidate for plastic surgery?
If you are in general good health, have no underlying medical conditions that would make elective surgery too risky, and have reasonable expectations regarding the final result, you are a good candidate for cosmetic surgery. During the initial consultation, Dr. Lampert takes a full medical history of each patient to ensure that they are medically fit to undergo elective surgery.
Is my procedure covered by insurance?
Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by insurance, but there are exceptions. Dr. Lampert’s insurance specialists will advise what, if anything, is covered under your insurance.
Can I finance my procedure?
Yes. There are many ways of financing a procedure. Dr. Lampert accepts CareCredit, one of the leading medical financing programs in America. There are several other companies that offer financing for medical procedures as well. Our finance experts will help ensure you get the treatment you desire.
Is plastic surgery painful?
The procedures are done under appropriate anesthetic. Dr. Lampert discusses anesthetic options with his patients well before surgery. Many procedures are done under general anesthesia, while minor procedures can be done under local anesthetic or intravenous anesthetic with sedation.
After the procedure, discomfort is well managed by prescribed pain medication. Anti-nausea medication can also be prescribed if necessary. In some cases patients do very well with over-the-counter pain control. Modern medicine has made plastic surgery far less painful than in years past.
How much time will I have to take off work?
This varies considerably from procedure to procedure. The type of work is a factor as well. Some procedures only require a few days off, if the work is sedentary. More time will be required by patients undergoing longer procedures such as a full facelift or lower body lift. After 2 to 3 weeks, most patients can return to light work. Specific instructions will be given to each patient regarding their return to work and other activities such as exercising.
Can I get away without anyone knowing that I’ve had work done?
For most patients, the answer is yes. If there is adequate time away from work and social activities to allow the initial swelling and bruising to subside, procedures of the face (which are the most visible) can be done without anyone but the most astute observer knowing. There are also ways of diverting attention to changes in appearance such as changing hairstyles a week before the procedure or changing frames on glasses. Dr. Lampert is an artist and strives to give each patient a refreshed and natural look without his work looking fake or obvious. In some cases, it might be difficult to explain a drastic change such as that associated with a massive weight loss lower body lift or a large change in breast size.
How long does plastic surgery last?
Plastic surgery doesn’t stop the aging process. Facial cosmetic surgery procedures aren’t permanent, but should wind back the clock significantly. The effects of cosmetic surgery can last 10 years or more. Liposuction is permanent as long as patients can maintain a stable weight. Rhinoplasty is also permanent. Tummy tuck, leg and arm lifts, Brazilian butt lift…all of these procedures will bow to the effects of gravity and time eventually…but for most patients it is many years into the future.
Will I have a scar?
Yes, there will be a visible scar for many procedures. Dr. Lampert meticulously closes all incisions himself, because this is one of the most important parts of the surgery. He is dedicated to his technique so that scars heal extremely well with the goal of eventually becoming virtually unnoticeable. Patients who comply with his instructions concerning incision care, when to resume physical activity and who refrain from smoking can expect to enjoy their new look without having poor scar results. Unfortunately, some patients naturally form large, pink, or dark scars. Much of how a scar forms is determined not only by the method of closure, but also by the individual's genetic ability to form scar tissue. It is rare for a bad scar to form. When it does, a scar revision surgery, dermabrasion or laser scar therapy can be performed.