Common Plastic Surgery Patient Questions, Part 2

Posted on December 27, 2012 by: Dr. Ronald DeMars

Have questions about plastic surgery? See what questions most patients have for Dr. DeMars during their first consultation. (And find other questions & answers in Common Plastic Surgery Questions Part 1!)

1.)     How long do I have to wait before resuming my workout routine?
That depends on the specific surgical procedure performed and can run anywhere from 3-8 weeks. Please call our office to ask about the down-time for a specific procedure.

2.)    Is there a charge for follow-up visits?
No. Although the routine post-operative follow-up may only cover a few weeks, we never charge for follow-up visits for as long as a patient feels the need to come in. Sometimes questions pop-up that need to be answered and we are happy to see patients back whenever they like.

3.)    Can I still have children after breast or tummy surgery?
Yes. There is no reason you would not have a normal pregnancy after breast surgery or a tummy tuck; but the surgery may cause some post-pregnancy changes that will need more surgery to correct.

4.)    What type of liposuction do you do?
We use tumescent liposuction. In spite of many advertising claims, none of the other types have shown any scientific proof of superiority, but do occasionally increase cost and risk. The tumescent technique is the gold standard against which all other types are compared.

5.)    What is a QuickLift?
A QuickLift is a style of facelift. There are many ways to do the facelift procedure ranging from a seldom done mini-lift to a very extensive lift. The advantage of the QuickLift is in the more rapid recovery. It has a long lasting effect with a beautiful natural look.

6.)    Is a QuickLift done under local anesthesia?
Nowadays almost any cosmetic can be done under local anesthesia, but because a general anesthetic is so safe and it takes away all the anxiety and sensation of the surgery, most surgeons that have a fully-equipped surgical center like ours will use general anesthesia.

7.)    What is a Mommy Makeover?
That is a general term to indicate a combined breast and tummy surgery, intended to correct the changes that result from one or more pregnancies. It usually includes a breast  augmentation, sometimes with a breast lift, as well as a tummy tuck.

8.)    Are the abdominal muscles repaired during a tummy tuck?
After one or more pregnancies or a major weight gain and loss, the abdominal muscles may be separated. During the procedure we have the opportunity to repair the muscles if necessary.


Have other questions you’d like to have answered? Feel free to call Dr. DeMars’ office at 503-253-3458 and schedule a no-cost consultation or visit