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Frequently Asked Questions About Plastic Surgery

The decision to have plastic surgery should be made thoughtfully. The Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine Center team at PIH Health welcomes your questions.

What does board certification mean?

When considering plastic surgery, it is important to look for the right kind of medical expertise. Board certification in plastic surgery represents the highest standard of training and medical expertise in the plastic surgery specialty. Surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery have completed at least five years of training beyond medical school, including two years of specialized training in plastic surgery.

How much will it cost?

We offer financing for cosmetic procedures and accept cosmetic surgery insurance. We also accept a variety of health insurance plans and self-pay patients.

Will there be a scar?

We use proven methods to minimize scarring; however, most procedures will produce a scar.

How long does recovery take?

Depending on the procedure, recovery can range from days to weeks. Your doctor will explain the recovery time and all the requirements for successful healing.

Am I a good candidate?

Every person is different. If you are considering plastic surgery, make an appointment for a free consultation to learn more about your options. In general, people who are healthy, motivated and expecting realistic outcomes will be the most successful candidates. If you smoke or use tobacco, you are not a good candidate for plastic surgery.

Is plastic surgery safe?

While every surgery presents a certain amount of risk, plastic surgery is safest when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. At PIH Health, all of our plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures are performed in the hospital, and our patients may stay overnight under the care of registered nurses and highly qualified healthcare professionals.

How do I prepare for surgery?

Our staff will take great care to make the process as smooth as possible, including answering all your questions, arranging prescriptions and coordinating aftercare before the surgery takes place. Our patient liaison helps patients every step of the way.

Learn more about cosmetic surgery and procedures at our online Health Library.

Contact Us

To learn more about plastic and cosmetic services available at PIH Health, call the Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine Center at 562.789.5439.