Plastic Surgery FAQ New Jersey

Doctor Bev

How much risk is involved in aesthetic surgery?

All types of surgery carry some uncertainty and risk. Adverse effects such as infection, bleeding, scarring, and anesthesia reactions are some of the risks of cosmetic surgery. Choosing a board certified, well trained, aesthetic surgeon can minimize these risks. Following the preoperative and postoperative instructions provided can also minimize risks. Dr Friedlander will review risks, benefits and alternatives in detail during the consultation.
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Is it painful?

Any type of surgery has some level of discomfort, and different people experience different levels of pain. After most facial procedures, many patients are often surprised that their pain is minimal. Certainly there is discomfort, but few experience significant pain. Other procedures, such as breast augmentation or tummy tuck, can be more uncomfortable or even painful. Every patient is given a prescription for pain medication to be used after surgery, as needed.
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How long will it take me to heal?

This depends on the procedure. Most people can return to work within a week after surgery. Some procedures take longer, and this will be reviewed with you at the time of your consultation. In the first few days, you may be swollen or bruised. After most procedures, you must refrain from working out and from strenuous activities for several weeks. Listen to Dr. Friedlander’s instructions about the healing process and follow them. Even though you feel okay, you can still hinder the healing process by returning to an active lifestyle too soon.
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When will I look normal again?

That depends on the procedure. After non invasive facial procedures such as fillers or Botox, you will look normal almost immediately. After facial surgery or breast and body contouring surgeries, you will look normal within a few weeks, although complete healing of an area takes many months. You may need to wear makeup or loose fitting clothing during the early part of your recovery, to cover swelling or bruising. Regardless of the procedure, the more time you give yourself to heal, the faster you will resume feeling your best. You have to take it easy.
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What about anesthesia?

Non invasive procedures such as fillers have the anesthetic mixed in and are virtually painless. Most surgical procedures require a light, general anesthesia, although some can easily be performed under local anesthesia with sedation. This means that you are awake during the procedure. Please discuss your options and preferences with Dr. Friedlander.
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How often am I seen after surgery?

Generally, patients are seen the day after surgery, 1, 2, and 4 weeks after surgery, then 2-3 months, 6 months, and 1 year after surgery. The actual frequency of your visits will vary based upon your individual needs and the procedures you have performed.
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Am I a good candidate for surgery?

Dr. Friedlander will discuss this with you during your consultation. There are many factors which play a role here, such as age, medical history, weight loss or gain, hormonal status, history of pregnancy and your overall expectations. All of these will affect the findings on your physical examination, and help to determine how good a candidate you are for surgery.
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Are there scars?

All incisions heal with a scar. This is part of the normal healing process. She carefully places the incisions in natural creases and folds, when possible, to minimize the scars. Scars will look their worst 1 week – 2 months after surgery and will soften and fade in 4-6 months. Makeup may be applied, if desired, on the face.
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Where is the surgery performed?

Dr. Friedlander performs surgery in the hospital or an ambulatory care center. She prefers the safety of these settings over an office operating room.
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What medications should I avoid before surgery?

Aspirin and aspirin-like products such as ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, and other NSAID’s should be stopped several weeks before surgery. They can cause adverse effects, such as bleeding. All over-the-counter and prescription medications, as well as homeopathic medications and vitamins, should be reviewed with Dr. Friedlander.
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How do I schedule the surgery?

After your consultation with Dr. Friedlander, her patient care coordinator will review the fees. This will include the fee for surgery, for anesthesia, and the fee for the facility. She will also discuss scheduling options with you. You will return for your preoperative visit with Dr. Friedlander 2 weeks before the surgery. Our nurse will review pre and post operative instructions with you and you will have ample opportunity to go over any questions you might have.
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Can I go on vacation right after the surgery?

Many patients think about going to pleasant destinations to recover after the surgery. Traveling at this time is not a good idea. If you are achy or if you are on medication, you may not be able to enjoy your time away. You should wait to vacation until you are fully recovered to be able to enjoy the “new you”.
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Should I stop smoking before my surgery?

Smoking is unhealthy, and may be associated with poor wound healing, premature aging and pulmonary problems. It is best not to smoke altogether. Smoking should be discontinued 4-6 weeks prior to your procedure when possible.
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Do you offer financing?

Having cosmetic surgery is an investment in how you look and feel. If you would like to make a change in your appearance, but are concerned about the cost, you will be able to discuss financing options with our surgical care coordinator. There are options available for every budget.
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Beverly Friedlander MD