Plastic Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

Bloomfield Hills, MI – Have you been considering plastic surgery, but have some questions? Dr. Ali, a Bloomfield Hills plastic surgeon, answers some commonly asked questions.

1. What is the difference between plastic and reconstructive surgery?
Plastic surgery is performed to reshape areas of the body that are normal, but that the patient wishes to improve the appearance of. It is elective and is generally not covered by insurance. Reconstructive surgery, on the other hand, is performed to correct abnormal structures caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, or disease. Reconstructive surgery is typically performed to improve function, but also to improve appearance. It is typically covered in some form by insurance.

2. How long will the effects of my plastic surgery last?
The exact amount of time you’ll enjoy the benefits of your surgery depend on the procedure you had performed. For procedures such as tummy tucks, breast implants, liposuction and other surgical procedures, the effects are typically long lasting as long as the patient maintains a healthy weight and lifestyle.

3. How many people have plastic surgery each year?
In 2014, there were 15.6 million cosmetic procedure performed, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This includes minimally invasive procedures, such as Botox, as well as surgical procedures. A total of 5.8 million reconstructive procedures were performed.

4. What are the most common procedures performed?
The top procedures are breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, liposuction, eyelid surgery and facelift. The most common minimally invasive procedures were Botox and soft tissue fillers.

5. Am I a good candidate for plastic surgery?
To have plastic surgery, a patient must be in good overall health, and for many procedures should be at or close to their ideal weight. It’s also important that patients have a realistic expectation of results. Patients need to be willing to be open with their medical history, goals from surgery, and concerns so that the plastic surgeon can properly assess the patient’s candidacy for surgery.

6. What is the ideal age to undergo surgery?
There is no ideal age. Each patient will be evaluated on an individual basis. Typically, patients should be over the age of 18, but in some cases, patients may be younger. Each surgeon should take into account the patient’s age, body type and size when evaluating them for surgery.

7. Will my surgery leave scars?
Anytime you have surgery, there will be incisions, which can leave scars. Plastic surgeons are extremely skilled, and have experience in minimizing the size and visibility of scars as much as possible. Incisions will be made in inconspicuous areas to allow for them to be hidden as much as possible.

8. Is plastic surgery dangerous?
When performed by a licensed and certified plastic surgeon, there are no more risks than with any other type of surgery. However, every surgery has some inherent risks, such as the possibility of excessive bleeding, infection, etc. Be sure to discuss any concerns you may have with your surgeon.

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