The word “plastic” comes from the Greek word plastiko, meaning to mold or shape. As a self- improvement procedure, cosmetic plastic surgery was first documented in ancient Egypt 4,000 years ago to enhance facial features. Reconstructive plastic surgery can be traced to 800 B.C. in India where early skin grafting was observed.
Today cosmetic plastic surgery is an integral part of mainstream medicine. Recent figures reveal that in one year more than 13 million of these procedures were performed in the U.S. Detailed teaching and training, advances in technology, and improved techniques all contributed to its increased popularity.
Before choosing your doctor, be sure to research, examine, and inquire about the various aspects of the procedure that you are considering.
What should I do to get started?
Many important answers regarding the particulars of plastic surgery such as: recovery time, bruising, incision care, timeline for resuming activities, scaring, and the effects of anesthesia can easily be explained by almost any staff member over the telephone.
However, when contemplating plastic surgery, there are a series of questions that should be reserved specifically for the surgeon at your initial meeting:
- What are your qualifications?
- Where will the surgery be performed?
- What are the credentials of the operating room staff and the anesthesiologist?
- What are the risks?
- Do you have before and after photographs and patient references?
What should the doctor do?
Listen! A consultation should inform and educate you on the details of your individual surgery. It is at this meeting that the doctor will explain the plan designed for you based on your specific needs and expectations. Use the information gathered from this discussion to help you ascertain when and with whom you want to do your surgery.
For an appointment, contact the office nearest you. Appointments with Advanced Dermatology are scheduled within 5-or-fewer days. We welcome most insurance.
Call 866-400-DERM (3376) for your appointment