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Questions:

What should I look for in a doctor?
Is Dr. Bragdon board certified in plastic surgery?
How long before I see my final results from liposuction?
How long does a facelift last?
Are injectable fillers painful to receive?
How long do the results from Botox® last?
How long will breast implants last?
Can I gain weight after liposuction?
When can I resume exercising after a procedure?
What can I expect during my consultation appointment?

 

Answers:

Q. 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 performed.


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 liposuction?

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 appearance.


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 liposuction.


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.
 

The staff at Plastic Surgical Associates of Pittsburgh are eager to answer any of your questions as well as assist you in any of your decisions.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 


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