FAQ




Frequently Asked Questions About Plastic Surgery

Richard Ellenbogen, MD - Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Q: Some surgeons are referred to as “Plastic Surgeons” while others use the title “Cosmetic Surgeon”– is there a difference?

A: The doctor you choose should be Board Certified in Plastic Surgery. A cosmetic surgeon can be a dermotologist, gynocologist, dentist– or any other kind of doctor who has taken some courses to learn a cosmetic procedure. This can be somewhat extensive training– or a weekend crash course. Your best bet is to go with someone with YEARS of experience in performing aesthetic and reconstructive procedures (a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon will have this type of experience). 

Q: I want to look good for my upcoming wedding/reunion/trip. How long will it take for me to recover after my surgery so I can look good at the event?

A: This is not a good idea. Ask you doctor for a range when it comes to healing time. Healing time differs from person to person and from procedure to procedure. You need to schedule your surgery when you have time to recuperate and have post-operative visits.

Q: Do you do ThermaCool Non-Surgical Facelifts?

A: We do not practice or endorse the ThermaCool skin tightening procedure, as recent studies have shown the results to be quite minimal, with one-third of patients exhibiting no change at all. In a study revealed at the 2004 ASAPS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, a few patients exhibited dents in the face, which looked like healed pitting acne. We believe in techniques which are a good investment in yourself and lack any serious side effects. This is why we offer a leading-edge facial rejuvenation procedure called stem cell enriched cosmetic surgery, which can also be used for breast augmentation.

Q: Hospital, Surgical Center, Office– does it matter where a surgeon performs surgery?

A: Where surgery is performed depends largely on the surgeon. In terms of safety and results, no surgical facility is inherently superior to any other. The American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities gives accreditation to facilities that have established and adopted standardized protocols and routines (similar to those used in hospitals). These facilities have been subjected to rigorous inspections that examine safety equipment and procedures (like backup power and emergency medications), office layout, staffing, record-keeping and a variety of other issues. Therefore, you may want to add “Accreditation” as something to consider when deciding on a Plastic Surgeon. 

Q: What medications should I avoid before surgery?

A: There is a long list of medications AND SUPPLEMENTS that you will need to avoid for at least 2 weeks before and after surgery to avoid complications. Bring a list of EVERYTHING you take to your plastic surgeon early on so he/she can tell you what you need to cut out and when. A few to avoid for sure: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Vitamin E. Again, check with your doctor for details!

Q: I cannot afford to pay for my surgery upfront– is financing available?

A: Yes. We offer financing which helps make healthcare much more affordable to you, the patient. 

 

To learn more about our board certified plastic surgeon, contact Beverly Hills Body.  Dr. Ellenbogen serves patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Hollywood and surrouning California communities.