The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about Cosmetic/Plastic surgery. If you have any additional questions, please call or fill out a webform. We also provide an exclusive Ask The Doctor option in which Dr. Vallecillos will personally respond to your question.
Q. What are the credentials of a “qualified” plastic surgeon?
A. Being board certified is undoubtedly one of the key elements to being a successful plastic surgeon. The level of experience a doctor has in regards to the consulted procedure is also immensely important. Lastly, the doctor’s ability to make the patient feel comfortable and confident in his talents as a surgeon..
Q. What’s the difference between cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery?
A. Cosmetic surgery is an elective procedure performed to improve the patient’s physical appearance and confidence. These tend to not be covered my insurance. Reconstructive surgery is that which is done to improve bodily defects or prior cosmetic surgery.
Q. Do the surgeries discussed on your website leave scars?
A. Most surgical techniques are performed to significantly minimize the appearance of scarring post-procedure. We work with the natural folds and indentations in the body to create the least amount of scarring possible.
Q. Does plastic surgery hurt
A. We do everything in our power to ensure that our patients are as comfortable as possible. Pre-surgery the doctor might prescribe antibiotics to accelerate healing time. Directly after surgery, a recovery nurse is present to make sure the patient comfortably transitions out of anesthesia and prepares the patient for the ride home. Post-surgery patients are administered medications for pain to be used as needed. Icing and elevating the body also play key roles in deducing pain.
Q. What describes a good candidate for plastic surgery?
A. Though surgery is typically done to alter the body, a healthy lifestyle and mind set are also necessary. Good candidates are well educated on the advantages and dangers of plastic surgery and realize that each person’s body varies, therefore, no “perfect” result is guaranteed.
Q. How long does it take to recuperate from surgery?
A. Recuperative time is dependent upon the specific procedures performed, however, patients can expect to be dependent on others for help for the first 1-3 days. After that, there can be mild discomfort, but nothing substantial. Exercising and other physical activities are prohibited for at least a month or more, also dependent on the procedure.
Q. What is the difference between Juvederm and Botox?
A. Both injectables are used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, and other appearances of aging. Juvederm is a dermal filler that can also be injected in the lips, whereas Botox is strictly used for the treatment of wrinkles. Juvederm typically last 6-9 months, while Botox lasts for about 3-4 months.
Q. Is plastic surgery recovery inpatient or outpatient?
A. Plastic surgery is always outpatient. After surgery, the patient will be released to go home for recovery or to an aftercare facility if they so choose.
Q. How old do you have to be to get plastic surgery?
A. 1. The age the doctor chooses to perform surgery is heavily dependent on the procedure being consulted. For breast implants and liposuction, a patient must be at least eighteen-years-old, however, certain reconstructive surgeries can be performed on people younger than that with parental and physician consent.
Q. What procedures do you perform the most often?
A. 1. Breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, liposuction, and facial surgeries are most commonly performed. However, there are also noninvasive procedures that can be performed, such as, facial fillers like Botox and Fraxel and other lasers.