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frequently asked Questions & Answers
CAN MALE CHEST IMPLANTS (PEC IMPLANTS) WORK
ON SOMEONE WITH PECTUS CARINATUM?
It depends on the degree of the affliction. Usually, if the degree of
Pectus Carinatum is mild, pectoral implants can effectively mask the problematic
areas. The same is true for the concave affliction, Pectus Excavatum,
which can also be treated using pec implants, if the condition is mild.
WHAT IS THE APPROXIMATE SIZE INCREASE FOR BICEP
IMPLANTS? HOW LONG AFTER SURGERY MUST I WAIT BEFORE USING MY ARMS FOR
BASIC FUNCTIONS SUCH AS DRIVING AND EATING?
Usually 3-4 inches in circumference is average. Normal arm extensions
and contractions can be performed anywhere between one to four days after
surgery and you can begin to work out again in about one month.
HOW LONG DOES PEC IMPLANT SURGERY TAKE?
It generally depends on the type and extent of the procedure, but each
procedure usually takes between one to two hours.
IF I'M VISITING FROM OUT-OF-TOWN, HOW LONG SHOULD
I REMAIN AFTER SURGERY BEFORE DEPARTING?
With any type of implant surgery, you should allow 1-2 days for your recovery
after surgery. Your surgeon will advise you if there is a change in this
HOW MUCH DO IMPLANTS WEIGH?
Generally it depends on the size of the implant and the type of implant.
But, generally they only weigh a few ounces each.
CAN BODY FAT BE USED INSTEAD OF AN IMPLANT
FOR PECTORAL AND BICEP/TRICEP AUGMENTATION?
Not usually. Fat is good for augmenting smaller areas, such as areas
on the face, or even in cellulite smoothing, but not larger areas.
Free Fat Transfer (FFT), is commonly used for lip enhancement, or
smoothing wrinkles and cellulite depressions, but because it tends
to be absorbed or 'washed' from the area, it isn't ideally suited
for larger fills.
WHERE WILL THE OPERATION
All operations are performed at our Outpatient Surgery Center.
The center is both state licensed and federally (Medicare)
certified and as such meets the highest standards of care.
WHO WILL BE MY SURGEON?
In every case, your surgeon will be the doctor you'll first
meet during your initial consultation. He will also be the
same surgeon who will perform your surgery, look after you
and provide all of your post-operative care, including emergency
care if required.
WILL I NEED TO TRAVEL TO YOUR OFFICE
FOR A CONSULTATION PRIOR TO MY SURGERY, OR WILL A PICTURE
Generally, a photograph of your problematic area will do,
to start the evaluation process. Your surgeon will view the
area you are inquiring about, and then consult with you. Normally,
he begins the consultation by telephone, but would need to
see you in advance of any planned surgery for an examination
at least a day before any surgical procedure.
WHAT TESTS ARE REQUIRED BEFORE MY SURGERY?
All patients undergoing general anesthesia will require basic blood and
urine tests as well as a pregnancy test for women. Your surgeon will advise
you accordingly during your consultation.
WILL IT HURT?
During the procedure, our anesthesia staff will assure that you're comfortable
and will feel no pain. In every instance, you'll be asleep throughout
the entire procedure. This will be discussed with you in detail during
the initial consultation. After surgery, any pain or discomfort you may
experience will be controlled through medication and will usually subside
within a matter of days.
HOW SOON CAN I GET BACK TO WORK?
It depends greatly on the specific procedure, but on average most patients
are back to work within 3 to 7 days. If complications arise, additional
time away from work may be required.
HOW LONG WILL IT BE BEFORE I CAN EXPECT A FINAL RESULT?
This varies with the type of operation being performed. It also depends
on the individual. Some people bruise easily, while others don't. Generally
there will be swelling and some bruising after surgery. Both will usually
disappear over a week or two. The final optimal result can usually be
appreciated a few months after surgery.
WILL THERE BE SCARS?
Yes, but they probably won't be noticeable. Your surgeon will make every
effort to keep incisions as minimal as possible and try to hide them in
the natural lines and creases of your skin. The scars will fade over time
and become barely noticeable.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS?
As with any operation there are certain risks. The most common risks include
bleeding, infection and scarring. Although these events are usually infrequent,
they sometimes can occur. These will be discussed with you during the
consultation for your procedure.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Less than you think. After years of being perceived as something only
for the rich and famous, cosmetic surgery is now priced for everyone.
Patients from all income brackets are now undergoing surgery.
Please keep in mind not all patients are alike and some will require a
slightly different operation than others. However, you will receive a
specific price quotation during your consultation visit. Our staff is
always happy to discuss these matters with you in more detail.
CAN I FINANCE IT?
For your convenience, we accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American
Express. Our office can give you all the details, either before or at
your consultation. At the time you decide to book your procedure a 50%
down payment is required.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE COST OF MY OPERATION?
Your operation will include the surgical fees and anesthesiology professional
fees, the outpatient surgery center facility charges, and all of your
post-operative care. Lab tests, x-rays, and other pre and post-operative
tests and medications are not included.
WILL INSURANCE COVER IT?
Not usually because implants are considered elective procedures and most
insurance plans don't cover it. But there are exceptions. Some functional
surgical procedures may be covered by health insurance, in part or in
full, depending upon your health insurance policy and the procedure you
are having performed. Your counselor will assist you with verification
of coverage, completion of insurance forms, submission of your claims,
and follow through on your behalf for maximum benefits.
IF I'M UNHAPPY WITH MY RESULTS, WILL I BE CHARGED
FOR A REVISION?
We will do our best to give you the results you desire. Unfortunately,
no guarantee or warranty can be given. Occasionally, some patients are
not pleased and may require a revision operation to correct an undesirable
result. If this should occur there is usually no charge for our surgeon's
professional services, but anesthesiology fees, surgery center facility
charges, and any other ancillary expenses are the responsibility of the