Considering Plastic Surgery? Ask the Experts!
There are many variables involved in every cosmetic enhancement technique, whether you’re researching a surgical procedure, such as nose surgery, or a non-surgical rejuvenation technique, such as laser skin resurfacing. And every surgery is completely unique, with recovery times and length of surgery being very much dependent on your aesthetic goals and physical condition. So, while there is no substitution for a personal consultation with Dr. Bunch at our comfortable and convenient offices in Tuscaloosa, we’ve put together a few frequently asked questions to help answer some basics. Our frequently asked questions address issues such as:
- Is plastic surgery right for me?
- Surgical risks
- Insurance coverage and costs of surgery
- Multiple procedures and applicable cost savings
- Wait time between procedures
- Recovery expectations
At Plastic Surgery of Tuscaloosa, we value the individuality of every patient. Call us for a consultation to learn how we can help you uncover the harmoniously balanced and healthy glow of true beauty.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much does it cost?
A: It depends on the type of surgery you are interested in, but we are glad to provide you with a fee sheet when you have a consultation in our office.
Q: How much will I bruise or swell?
A: It depends on the type of surgery and the individual. Generally bruising and swelling goes down within the first two weeks after surgery and continues to progress. If you bump your leg and you bruise very easily, you will probably bruise very easily during surgery. Individuals who do not bruise and swell easily are less likely to after surgery.
Q: Do I have to wait a certain period of time to have a breast reconstruction after having a mastectomy?
A: No, we can do an immediate reconstruction. That is, the general surgeon will operate and then the plastic surgeon will operate during the same surgery.
Q: Do I have to wait to have breast reconstruction after having chemo or radiation treatments?
A: Generally we like for you to wait about six weeks after you have completed all your chemo and radiation treatments before we perform a procedure.
Q: How many operations do you perform on a weekly basis?
A: Dr. Bunch usually does 15 to 20 cases per week.
Q: Is plastic surgery safe?
A: All surgical procedures are accompanied by a certain degree of risk, whether the procedures are for medical or cosmetic reasons. Our expert 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: 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, having too much done at one time can lead to complications. The decision to have multiple procedures done depends on which procedures are being done, the extent of surgery, the operating time and your age/health. Ultimately, the surgeon decides whether or not it is appropriate to include more than one procedure in your operation.
Q: How do I know if plastic surgery is right for me?
A: Several important factors can help you decide if plastic surgery is the right option for you. One of the most important factors is your health. Being in good health greatly reduces the risk of complications during surgery and leads to a speedy recovery. Next, you need to be certain about your motivations for plastic surgery. People who have plastic surgery generally find that the surgery enhances their overall appearance and self-esteem. Thirdly, you should have realistic expectations. Plastic surgery is both a science and an art, neither of which are perfect. Set reasonable goals as to the result you wish to achieve and be prepared to thoroughly discuss these goals during your initial consultation.
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. Current breast implant procedures primarily use silicone shell implants filled with a saline solution. Occasionally, silicone-gel filler is used; but this is highly regulated by the FDA, and generally only acceptable in reconstructive surgery procedures. Rarely, an implant will rupture or leak. With saline implants, the saline is safely absorbed into the body. The effect of silicone-gel leaking into the body is still being researched. 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, and capsular contracture (a hardening of the tissues surrounding the implant). Our expert team is dedicated to making your operation a smooth one. We take every precaution necessary to reduce the possibility of any complications.
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. However, your age is 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 appropriate for young children! 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. Here at Plastic Surgery of Tuscaloosa, we are committed to making your cosmetic experience a successful one.
Q: Can I come in and talk with the doctor?
A: Yes, we have a $75 consultation fee. To schedule an appointment, call 205.349.0049.
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 is 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. With the aid of photos and/or computer imaging, we will discuss the results that can be achieved. When a final decision is made, you will need to sign an informed consent form stating that you are fully aware and understand what is entailed by your pending operation, including the potential complications and secondary effects.
Q: How long will it take to recover from my surgery?
A: Generally, postoperative instructions call for rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. The length of recovery varies with each procedure and is different for each individual. Generally, we estimate 10 days’ recovery time after surgery. If you work at a job where you do heavy lifting or standing on your feet you might need to take additional time off from work or return to work on light duty.
Bruises usually disappear within a few days, and most swelling is gone in a matter of weeks; however, it is critical that you follow our postoperative instructions carefully. Your scars will fade over time but are permanent. We take care to conceal any scars so that they are barely visible, if at all. You should note, the image-enhancing effects of plastic surgery become more evident over time. Certain procedures can take up to a year for your body to fully adjust and settle into its new look. When you come in for your consultation we can discuss your expected recovery period and any postoperative instructions in detail.
Q: Will my insurance cover the surgery?
A: Insurance providers generally cover costs for reconstructive surgery but not for cosmetic surgery. For example, insurance providers will often pay for breast augmentation 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 for a patient to breathe better; or 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 create symmetry in either breast. If your surgery is covered by insurance, pre-certification is required. We will be happy to assist you with that process.
Q: Are there medications I should stop taking before surgery?
A: Never stop taking any medications prescribed by a physician unless that physician gives you the okay to stop. In certain cases patients that are on blood thinners may be asked to contact their cardiologist or prescribing doctor to see if it is okay for them to stop taking their medication for a short period of time.
Q: Is the hospital accredited?
A: Princeton Hospital is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
Q: Is the office surgery suite accredited?
A: Yes! Our operating rooms are fully accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).
Q: When do I pay for my surgery?
A: Payment is due at least 14 working days prior to the day of surgery. You can pay for your surgery with a cashiers check, credit card, money order, or cash. Princeton Hospital will also accept the same payment options previously listed. We also accept Care Credit, United Medical Credit, and Alphaeon, however Princeton does not.
Q: Do you have financing options?
A: Yes. We want all our patients to enjoy the delight and satisfaction cosmetic procedures can bring to their lives. We work with Care Credit, United Medical Credit, and Alphaeon to provide financing for our patients.
Contact Plastic Surgery of Tuscaloosa
At Plastic Surgery of Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa, AL, Dr. Ross Bunch and his professional, caring staff stand out among local surgical practices for their dedication to the most advanced cosmetic and reconstructive procedures in the industry. We are well-established in the community and have built a reputation for high quality patient care and excellent customer service. Dr. Bunch is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive training and experience in microsurgery, facial and rhinoplasty surgeries, and endoscopic surgical techniques, and brings a specialized skill and artistry to every procedure he performs. Our mission is to restore form, function, and beauty to all aspects of your body so you look as gorgeous on the outside as you feel on the inside!
If you are interested in learning more about our cosmetic enhancement procedures, please contact our office at 205.349.0049. We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your consultation with Dr. Bunch!