Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I know if I’m a good candidate to have plastic surgery?
Plastic surgery can dramatically enhance your appearance and your self-confidence. If you consider yourself to be a physically and emotionally healthy person and have realistic expectations from the procedure, you should be a good candidate.
Q: How do I go about finding a Plastic Surgeon?
Finding a qualified, board certified surgeon is extremely important and highly recommended to ensure the overall safety and satisfaction of the surgical procedure you are selecting. Every surgical procedure, including cosmetic surgery, carries risks and uncertainties that a board certified plastic surgeon has proven knowledge and experienced in managing with the highest level of care. Credentials are important. Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon who has completed an accredited residency training program in plastic surgery. This kind of program includes two or three years of intensive training in the full range of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is a good indicator of a surgeon’s skill, since the board has strict requirements.
Q: What will happen during the initial consultation?
In your private consultation, you will meet with Dr. Blau so you can explain your interests, concerns, and ask a variety of questions. Dr. Blau will review your medical history and ask you questions in order to understand your condition, goals and concerns. He can also provide reading material about the procedure(s) you’re considering.
Q: What is the recovery like from a Plastic Surgery procedure?
Each patient will tolerate pain post-operatively in a different way, and this has to be considered. While some patients may describe the pain as an ache, others may experience greater discomfort. Appropriate pain medications are prescribed for the post-operative patients, and these help minimize discomfort. Operations that require elevation or tightening of the muscles-such as a breast augmentation have discomfort equal to that of a C-section.
Q: How long will the recuperation period be? When will I be able to return to work?
The length of time it takes to recuperate after plastic surgery varies depending on the procedure performed and the individual operated on. Most patients will require assistance for the first two days. Most patients are able to care for themselves soon after, but may still need assistance if they have young children to care for. Specific lengths of disability are determined by procedure. Breast augmentation patients can usually get around independently by the second day. They may return to work at 5-7 days if not required to lift more than 15 pounds. These are approximations, and do not include return to exercise. Please ask your doctor.
Q: When can I begin to exercise again on a regular basis?
The amount of time a patient resumes regular exercise varies based on the procedure involved. All patients are encouraged to start a slow walking routine on the second postoperative day. Regular aerobic and more vigorous activities are not allowed during the first 2 weeks in order to decrease the risks of bleeding, swelling, and bruising. Weight lifting and contact sports are allowed at 1 month in most cases.
Q: Do I need antibiotics before and after surgery?
Antibiotics should probably be used when a patient undergoes any procedure in which "bacteria" may be released into the blood stream.
Q: Will my insurance cover my cosmetic surgery?
Generally speaking, NO it will not. Cosmetic surgery is considered "elective surgery" and is not covered by most insurance plans. However, sometimes certain procedures are performed to improve function rather than appearance. For example, protruding or large ears may be considered a birth defect and ear surgery deemed necessary to correct it, or eyelid surgery to correct drooping eyelids, which cause impaired vision, or breast reduction if the weight of the breasts causes pain or interferes with normal activity. If this is the case, contact your insurance company before surgery to determine if it is covered.