The result of surgery: what to expect?

The outcome of any surgery depends on two criteria: the patient and the surgeon.

  • Factors related to the patient may affect the final result of the surgery and delay the recovery period. These factors include: thick skin, a tendency toward excessive scar formation, slow recovery, heavy smoking, heavy alcohol intake, obesity, etc. However, these factors do not contra-indicate surgery.
  • Factors related to the surgeon include surgical experience and artistic judgment.

What are the risks?

As with other surgical procedures, cosmetic surgery entails possible complications such as bleeding, infection, excessive scar formation, anesthesia complications, rejection of implants, weakness of nerves or muscles, etc.

Fortunately, these complications are uncommon.

What happens before surgery?

A complete medical examination and a series of laboratory tests are arranged for you before surgery. Professional photographs are also taken.

It is important that you inform our office about any medical problems you may suffer from, such as allergy to any medication, heart disease, psychological disease or any other medical problem.

It is important that you avoid exposure to the sun, smoking, alcohol intake and medications containing aspirin or any other anti-inflammatory ingredients for at least two weeks before and after surgery.

What happens during surgery?

Generally, local anesthesia with sedation is used during surgery.

What happens after surgery?

You return home the same day of the surgery.

You may experience mild discomfort, some bleeding, some swelling and some skin discoloration for a few days.

Numbness may persist for a few days to a few weeks around the operated area.

Patients are usually presentable and can return to work two to three weeks following surgery. Your appearance will continue to improve steadily for at least six months to a year, due to the gradual resorption of the remaining swelling.

Following the removal of all dressings, you continue to visit the office for periodic check-ups for two to five years. Any early complications can be detected by examination during the course of these visits.