The duties of a board-certified plastic surgeon extend far beyond just performing cosmetic surgery procedures. Patient education is something that I personally take very seriously. Thanks to the abundance of readily-available and free information available on the Internet, cosmetic surgery patients are more prepared for their initial consultations than ever before. However, sometimes it can help know that the information you receive during your planning and research phase is coming from a trustworthy, dependable source. So, in the spirit of patient education, I wanted to take some time to answer common questions on a few cosmetic surgery topics.
Every patient is different, and your recovery time will depend on the nature of your procedure as well as your body’s ability to heal. Many facelift patients are able to return to most of their normal daily activities including work about a week following their procedure. However, it’s important to discuss this at length with your board-certified plastic surgeon during your facelift consultation in order to know for sure.
Is it possible to see what my final cosmetic surgery results may look like before my surgery has taken place?
It’s perfectly normal for patients to be curious or even anxious about what they will look like following their cosmetic surgery procedure. This is why I use the Vectra® 3D Imaging system during my pre-surgery consultations. The Vectra® system uses six cameras to capture three-dimensional photos of the patient’s face and/or body. We are then able to create a virtual projection of the potential results of a patient’s cosmetic procedure. Using Vectra® can help patients determine which surgical options (like which size breast implants for example) are the best fit for their specific needs.
Is it true that undergoing breast augmentation surgery can increase my risk of developing breast cancer?
This is thankfully not true. There is no proof that undergoing breast augmentation will increase a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer. However, it’s important to remember that having breast implants does not mean that a woman is immune to breast cancer either. After breast augmentation, a patient must continue with her normal recommended breast cancer screening appointments (annual mammograms and clinical breast exams in some cases), as well as conducting breast self-exams. I also recommend breast augmentation patients to get a baseline mammogram before their surgery.
I hope these answers were able to help. In my experience, the more time and energy a patient spends researching and preparing for their cosmetic surgery, the more satisfied they will ultimately be with their final results. If you have any questions about the procedures mentioned above or any of the other cosmetic surgeries that I perform, please contact me, Dr. Allyson Maske, at Atlanta Plastic Surgery today. And don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for additional cosmetic surgery tips, videos, news, and more.