Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between "Cosmetic Surgery" and "Reconstructive Surgery"?
Cosmetic or plastic surgery is performed to enhance a healthy, functioning part of the body. Reconstructive surgery is surgery used to correct traumatic injuries, congenital defects or the body after disease. The primary purpose of reconstruction is to return function to the body, but the surgery usually improves the quality of life and appearance of the patient in cases of trauma and congenital defects.

How do I choose a plastic surgeon?
Your plastic surgeon will ask you questions so make sure you know what questions to ask him/her.
1) Are you board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
2) Do you have hospital privileges to perform this surgery?
3) Where will you perform my surgery?
4) How many of these types of procedures have you performed before?
5) What are the risks involved? Expected recovery time?
6) Cost and insurance?

How does a person become a plastic surgeon?
After graduating medical school, a physician must complete specialized post-graduate training for an additional five to seven years before taking the board exam to become board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Their background usually consists of training in general surgery with a final two to three years of specialized training in plastic surgery. Before becoming board certified, the physician must pass a set of written and oral examinations.



What is Botox?
A medication administered by plastic surgeons that is injected into muscles to improve the look of frown lines between the eyebrows in adults. Results last 4-6 months and treatment can be repeated.

Is it safe?
Botox is safe. However it is important to understand all possible side effects. The most common is a mild amount of droopiness in an eyelid (sleepy eye) that lasts around 10 days without treatment. Side effects are rare. Bruising is possible at the injection site.

Is it painful? 
There is very little discomfort with the Botox injections.

Will my face look stiff?
Plastic surgeons have extensive training in facial anatomy and understand the physiology of the face and body. Our surgeons will discuss your goals and determine the number of units you need to reach your goals but not so much that you lose facial movement or expression.

When can I start using Botox?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is not recommended for use in children younger than 18 years of age.



What is Juviderm?
Juvederm is a gel injectable that improves skin elasticity and smooth appearance.

What does Juviderm do?
Juviderm can be injected to smooth out wrinkles, plump lips, remove lip lines, or correct acne scars.

How long do the effects last?
Juviderm can last up to 6 months before treatments will need to repeated.

Are there side effects?

If patients do have reactions, they subside in a week or less. Reactions may include redness, tenderness, swelling, bruising, itching, lump/bumps.

How long do procedures for Botox or Juverdem take?

Both are outpatient procedures and take a matter of minutes to administer.