What should I look for in a doctor?
A. Choosing to have cosmetic or reconstructive plastic
surgery is an important decision; so is selecting a
plastic surgeon. Not all physicians who perform plastic
surgery or who use the title “plastic surgeon” are board
certified in plastic surgery. The American Board of
Plastic Surgery certifies physicians in plastic surgery
of the face and entire body. Before making your
consultation appointment, confirm that your surgeon is
board certified in plastic surgery. Your surgeon should
also have operating privileges at an accredited, local
hospital for the same procedure you plan to have
Q. Is Dr. Bragdon board
certified in plastic surgery?
A. Dr. Bragdon is board certified in plastic surgery. He
has extensive experience in both cosmetic and
reconstructive surgery. His offices are located in
hospitals where you will receive the added security of
full-service nursing and support services that
free-standing clinics simply can't provide.
Q: How long before I see my final results from
A: You will see contour improvement right after surgery
but it may take several months for swelling to fully
subside. As it does, your slimmer and
better-proportioned body should more accurately reflect
the healthy and active life you lead.
Q. How long does a facelift last?
A. Depending on the condition of your skin and tissue,
your genetics and sun exposure, a facelift can last 10
years or longer. A healthy lifestyle will help extend
the results of your rejuvenated, more youthful
Q. Are injectable fillers painful to receive?
A. Injection takes only a few moments per course of
treatment. Any discomfort can be alleviated by a topical
numbing cream or a local anesthetic. For very sensitive
patients, a dental block can be used.
Q. How long do the results from Botox® last?
A. Botox® is used to reduce wrinkles and soften frown
lines, forehead furrows and crows feet. The results can
last up to six months. Over time, the treated muscles
may gradually weaken and you may find maintenance
treatments last somewhat longer than in the past.
Q. How long will breast implants last?
A: As long as there is no trauma or defect in the
implant, implants should last a lifetime.
Q. Can I gain weight after liposuction?
A. Fat cells removed by liposuction are gone forever
but, with excess weight gain, new fat cells can form in
the same area or in adjacent areas. A healthy lifestyle
will maintain the new body contours you receive from
Q. When can I resume exercising after a procedure?
A. Depending on the procedure, you should be able to
resume normal activities in 2-4 weeks.
Q. What can I expect during my consultation appointment?
A. A personal consultation is the first step for every
patient considering cosmetic surgery. During this
meeting, Dr. Bragdon will assess your physical and
emotional health and discuss your specific cosmetic
goals for surgery. The success of your procedure, safety
and overall satisfaction require that you share your
expectations, fully disclose your health history and
commit to precisely follow all instructions.