Frequently Asked Questions
Patient education is key to the success of plastic surgery. Dr. Fredric Newman invites you to read this plastic surgery FAQ (frequently asked questions) before your consultation at our Darien, CT, office to gain an understanding of some fundamental principles of cosmetic surgery.
Is plastic surgery painful?
Prior to undergoing cosmetic surgery, you will be given either local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or a combination to help you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. You can expect some discomfort, bruising, and swelling during recovery. However, Dr. Newman will provide explicit instructions that can help expedite recovery and minimize discomfort. When necessary, he can also prescribe pain medication.
Will my results look natural?
Dr. Newman excels at providing natural-looking results rather than results that look like obvious surgical enhancement. Over the course of more than 30 years, Dr. Newman has earned a reputation for providing beautiful results. Because of this track record of patient satisfaction, he has been named among the Top Plastic Surgeons in America by Castle Connolly's Guide to America's Top Doctors®.
How long will my results last?
It is very important to understand that while plastic surgery can turn back the clock in terms of helping you look rested and rejuvenated, it cannot stop the natural aging process. Therefore, while you can expect your results to last many years, the gradual loss of skin elasticity and other factors will take their toll. You can prolong the results of your surgery by taking measures to maintain your weight, protect your skin from sun and other damaging entities, and avoiding tobacco use.
Will my surgery leave any permanent scars?
All surgery results in scars, but these scars can be significantly minimized by a skilled surgeon. Closed rhinoplasty presents no visible scars, while procedures such as breast augmentation and abdominoplasty will result in some visible scarring. Dr. Newman uses refined techniques and provides detailed aftercare instructions to ensure that scars fade as much as possible and can be easily concealed.
Is plastic surgery safe?
When performed by an experienced and reputable surgeon who takes time to confirm that you are a candidate for the procedure you desire, plastic surgery is quite safe. The most significant measure patients can take in ensuring their own safety is to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon providing treatment in an accredited facility.
When can I resume normal activities?
It is important to understand that everyone heals at a different rate. In addition to your unique capacity to heal, the length of recovery will depend upon the type and number of procedures you receive. Dr. Newman will schedule follow-up visits to monitor your recovery, and he will let you know when it is safe to resume work, exercise, and strenuous activity.
How much does plastic surgery cost?
There are many factors that influence the price of a cosmetic procedure, including the extent of your surgery, the venue in which your surgery takes place, and your choice of surgeon. Dr. Newman has a private and fully accredited surgical suite, which is considerably less costly than performing surgery in a hospital. Meanwhile, it is extremely important to budget for precisely the results you want rather than compromising your goals to fit a specific dollar amount. Revision surgery is often costlier than initial surgery because it is more difficult to perform. Therefore, by trusting your care to an excellent surgeon and undergoing the extent of surgery necessary to make your true goals a reality, you can actually save a significant amount.
Does insurance cover cosmetic surgery?
Plastic surgery performed for the sole purpose of aesthetic enhancement is not covered by insurance. However, if there is a practical need for plastic surgery, you may be eligible for some coverage. This often applies to patients who undergo rhinoplasty to correct a deviated septum, those who undergo body contouring to remove excess skin causing rashes and other complications, and women who undergo a breast reduction to relieve strain.
What are my financing options?
There are a number of institutions that offer low-interest financing for plastic surgery, often requiring no down payment. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can explain your options in detail so you can find a way to make plastic surgery a comfortable fit for your budget.
If you are ready to schedule a consultation, contact our practice today. Dr. Newman and our staff will patiently answer all of your questions so you can make the right choice regarding plastic surgery.