What is a “board certified” plastic surgeon vs. a “cosmetic surgeon”?
A board certified surgeon has undergone strict training in plastic surgery and has passed both written and oral exams given by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This certification is maintained by continued medical education, review of surgery cases and periodic exams. A cosmetic surgeon is someone who does cosmetic procedures but their background training is variable.
Where will my surgery be done?
Surgery is performed in the minor treatment room or main operating room at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London CT.
What type of anesthesia will I have?
Most cosmetic procedures are done with IV sedation (twilight sleep). Some larger procedures such as breast reduction or a tummy tuck are done with general anesthesia.
What medications do I need to stop before surgery?
You should stop taking Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and supplements such as Vitamin E at least a week before your surgery. If you are taking any other medications or supplements these should be discussed with the doctor.
Should I stop smoking?
Smoking greatly increases risks from surgery especially wound problems and lung problems after anesthesia. You should stop smoking at least 4 weeks before your surgery and for 4 weeks after your surgery.
Is the surgery painful?
The amount of pain after the surgery depends on the procedure done and the patient’s own tolerance. Most postoperative pain settles down in the first few days. Prescriptions for pain medication are given and tailored to individual needs.
Need more information?
Visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (plasticsurgery.org) for more information on surgery.