It is natural to have cosmetic surgery questions. Most people are a little nervous before they undergo surgery or any other medical procedure. They worry about pain and the recovery period. Since a cosmetic procedure will affect their appearance, it also has an impact on their self-esteem and their ego. They want to know about side effects as well.

Top 5 Cosmetic Surgery Questions

There is a long list of common questions that people have about the variety of plastic surgery procedures. The list below asks five general questions, with the exception of the first question, that are probably at the top of everyone’s minds. General answers follow the questions. If you are still left curious after reading them, consult with a physician to satisfy your curiosity before committing to any procedure.

1. Why were silicone implants banned? Are there significant risks with these implants?

This is one of the biggest stories of plastic surgery since its inception in the 20th century. Silicone breast implants replaced a number of other, less effective methods of breast augmentation in the 1960s. While saline implants were also in use during the period beginning then and ending in the 1990s, silicone implants were indisputably predominant.

However, a large number of women came forward in the 1980s and complained that their implants had leaked and caused a variety of illnesses, systemic diseases, and other debilitating physical conditions. Their lawsuits brought about a ban on silicone implants in the United States until 2006, when the FDA determined that there was no evidence of any link between the rupture of implants, which had certainly occurred, and any other effect besides discomfort and scarring.

The newest generations of silicone implants are cohesive gel or solid. The original implants were liquefied silicone and had the potential for gel migration. The current implants do not migrate.

2. What Will Recovery Be Like?

People worry about pain, but their bigger question is really about the entirety of recovery. They have cosmetic surgery questions about pain levels, treatment for pain, the rate at which their appearance will recover, how soon they can go back to work, and so on. Some of these questions are stirred by concerns about appearance and some are simply pragmatic. Most people only have a limited amount of time that they can spare for surgery, especially cosmetic surgery.

Procedures such as eyelid surgery or liposuction will require several days of recovery just to return to regular life. Returning to work, especially work that requires heavy lifting, could take several weeks. More invasive procedures, such as breast reductions or augmentations, could require months in order to return to normalcy. Significant pain, in most cases, will subside in days. Doctors will prescribe painkillers in appropriate doses for these situations.

3. Are There Any Side Effects?

Every person has a different reaction to surgery and medications. Even the simplest procedures can go awry due to the unpredictable nature of each person’s reactions. Liposuction can leave sagging skin and breast implants can cause discomfort if the body never seems to accept the implantation of a foreign object amid its tissues. These side effects are rare but most surgeons will be very honest about their remote possibilities with their patients.

4. Will the Surgery Leave Noticeable Scars?

The goal of nearly every cosmetic surgeon is to leave his or her patients with a completely natural appearance. For this reason, breast surgeries usually go in through incisions made at the border of the areola, and eyelid surgery uses the natural creases of the eye to hide scars. However, there is always the possibility that your body will have a severe scarring reaction and create visible marks.

5. Will My Insurance Cover the Procedure?

In most cosmetic procedures, the answer is no. However, some cosmetic procedures can be classified as reconstructive plastic surgery in part or as a whole. For example, upper eyelid surgery may be considered reconstructive if the eyelid is interfering with your sight.

These cosmetic surgery questions are by far not a comprehensive list of questions or concerns you may have, but hopefully they provide a basis for you to consider. Your surgeon should be willing to answer any and all questions you may have before your procedure.

Dr. Elizabeth Harris is retiring, she will no longer be doing surgeries, but she will be available for existing patients until January 31st, 2023.DIRECTIONS