Nashville Plastic Surgery Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Patrick Maxwell, Dr. Unger, and the highly trained, knowledgeable medical professionals at MAXWELL AESTHETICS are committed to your surgical success. Before any Nashville cosmetic surgery procedure, you will meet with Dr. Maxwell or Dr. Unger personally to discuss your options and receive answers to your questions.
Q: Is plastic surgery safe?
A: All plastic surgery procedures are accompanied by a certain degree of risk, whether the procedures are for medical or cosmetic reasons. Our extensively trained surgical team is dedicated to making your operation go smoothly. We carefully review your medical history and current health condition before deciding if it is safe for you to proceed with surgery. It is important that you fully disclose all pertinent information so that we are able to make an accurate assessment of the risks involved. We will take every precaution necessary to reduce the possibility of any complications.
Q: How do I know if plastic surgery is right for me?
A: There are several important factors that come into play when deciding whether Nashville plastic or cosmetic surgery is the right option for you:
- One of the most important factors is your health. Being in good health greatly reduced the risk of complications occurring during surgery and leads to a rapid recovery.
- Next, you need to ask yourself what your motivations are. People who have plastic surgery generally find that the surgery enhances their overall appearance and self-esteem.
- Third, you should have realistic expectations. Plastic surgery is both a science and an art, neither of which is perfect. Set reasonable goals as to the result you wish to achieve and be prepared to discuss these goals thoroughly during your initial consultation.
The best way to find out whether a Nashville plastic surgery procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Maxwell or Dr. Unger directly, where he will be happy to discuss your goals and provide a clear assessment of your options. You can request a consultation with Dr. Maxwell and Dr. Unger online, or contact his offices by phone at 615.932.7700.
Q: What happens during my initial consultation?
A: During your consultation we will discuss your desired changes and expectations, review your medical history and current health, and make an assessment on whether the procedure(s) in question are right for you. This is a good time to ask specific questions about the procedure so that you are fully prepared, mentally and emotionally, for surgery.
We will discuss the results that can be achieved with the aid of photos and/or computer imaging. When a final decision is made, you will need to sign an informed consent stating that you are fully aware and understand what is entailed by your pending operation, including the potential complications and secondary effects.
Q: Can I have several procedures performed simultaneously?
A: It is a relatively common practice for a plastic surgeon to perform multiple procedures during one operation. This allows the surgeon to better “sculpt” your final appearance. In addition, having several procedures done simultaneously saves you the expense of paying the operating room and anesthesia costs more than once.
However, for certain patients, having too much done at one time can lead to complications. The decision to have multiple procedures depends on which procedures are being performed, the extent of surgery, the operating time, and your age and health. Ultimately, your Nashville plastic surgeon decides whether or not it is appropriate to include more than one procedure in your operation.
Q: Does it matter how old I am?
A: Due to the variety of procedures available in plastic surgery, there can be no blanket rule on age, although age will be taken into consideration when planning your operation. People of all ages have taken advantage of the image-enhancement offered by plastic surgery. There are even procedures, such as otoplasty, that can be appropriate for young children!
However, it is important to realize the limitations of plastic surgery. Plastic surgery cannot “fix” every situation or reverse the aging process. What is a good procedure for one person may not be an appropriate procedure for another. We are committed to making your Nashville plastic surgery experience a successful one.
Q: How long will it take to recover from my surgery?
A: Generally, post-operative instructions call for rest and limited movement in order to speed the healing process and recovery time. The length of recovery varies with each procedure and is different for each individual. Bruises usually disappear within a few days, and most swelling is gone in a matter of weeks. If you follow our post-operative instructions carefully, you will be able to enjoy your normal activities with little downtime.
Your scars will fade over time but they are permanent. We take care to conceal any scars so that they are barely visible, if at all. The image-enhancing effects of plastic surgery become more evident over time with certain procedures taking up to a year for your body to adjust fully and settle into its new look. When your come in for your consultation we can discuss your expected recovery period and any post-operative instructions in detail.
Q: Will my insurance cover the surgery?
A: Insurance providers generally cover costs for reconstructive plastic surgery in Nashville, but not for cosmetic surgery. For example, insurance providers will often pay for:
- breast reconstruction to reconstruct a breast following a mastectomy
- breast reduction to remedy back pain caused by heavy breasts
- eyelid surgery to remove sagging skin that blocks vision
- nose surgery to allow better breathing
- tummy tucks to remedy the vertical separation of abdomen muscles known as diastasis
Insurance providers are required by law to cover breast reconstruction surgery and any cosmetic operations necessary to breast asymmetry in either breast. If your surgery is covered by insurance, pre-certification is required. We will be happy to assist you with the process.
Q: Are breast implants safe?
A: The issue of breast implant safety has been a hot topic throughout the last few decades. As a result, more stringent standards have emerged in order to protect patients. Both saline and silicone-gel filled implants are available, and the appropriate choice of breast implants for your Nashville, TN breast augmentation procedure will depend on a number of factors which Dr. Maxwell and Dr. Unger will discuss with you personally.
Rarely, an implant will rupture or leak. With saline implants, the saline solution is safely re-absorbed into the body, and in the case of the new “Tear-Drop,” cohesive silicone-gel implants that Dr. Maxwell has designed with Allergan, in the unlikely event of a rupture the soft form-stable gel will maintain its shape without leaking into the body, and the implant can then be removed.
If rupture or leaking is detected early, the implant can be easily replaced. Other possible complications from breast implant surgery may include blood clotting or pooling, overly sensitive breasts or loss of sensation in the breasts, or capsular contracture (a hardening of the tissues surrounding the implant). The risk of these problems is low, and Dr. Maxwell and Dr. Unger take extra precautions to implement techniques that help prevent these types of complications. Our extensively trained team is dedicated to making your operation a smooth one, and with each of our Nashville plastic surgery procedures we take every precaution necessary to reduce the possibility of complications.
You can find answers to some of the most common consultation questions on this page, but for more detailed explanations that take your unique needs into account you can request a consultation online with Dr. Maxwell and Dr. Unger or get in touch with his Nashville cosmetic surgery offices at 615.932.7700.