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There are always questions related to cosmetic and plastic surgery, and a large proportion of the time they are similar.

This section is here to help answer any general questions that you may have on Douglas McGeorge’s procedures quickly and easily.

If there is something you can’t find then please feel free to ask via phone on 07973 130058.

Is plastic surgery safe?

How do I know if plastic surgery is right for me?

Can I have several procedures performed simultaneously?

Does it matter how old I am?

What happens during my initial consultation?

How long will it take to recover from my surgery?

Will my insurance cover the surgery?

Are breast implants safe?

 

Is plastic surgery safe?

All surgical procedures are accompanied by a certain degree of risk, whether the procedures are for medical or cosmetic reasons. Our goal is to making your operation go smoothly. We careful review your medical history and current health condition before deciding if it is safe for you to proceed with surgery. Let us know of any problems in your past history and of any medication you may be taking. Smoking is contraindicated during the operative period with many aesthetic procedures. It is important that you fully disclose all pertinent information so that we are able to make an accurate assessment of the risks involved. We will take every precaution necessary to reduce the possibility of any complications. Limitations of treatments and potential problems will be discussed at consultation.

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How do I know if plastic surgery is right for me?

There are several important factors that come into play when deciding whether plastic surgery is the right option for you. One of the most important factors is your health. It is important, before considering any surgical operation that you are in good general health and within seven pounds of what you see as your ideal weight. Being in good health greatly reduces the risk of complications occurring during surgery and leads to a speedy recovery. Next, you need to ask yourself what your motivations are. People who have plastic surgery generally find that the surgery enhances their overall appearance and self-esteem. You should be able to discuss the problem or problems that concern you and have some idea of what changes you are looking for. Your expectations should be realistic. Plastic surgery is both a science and an art, neither of which are perfect. Set reasonable goals as to the result you wish to achieve and thoroughly discuss these goals during your initial consultation.

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Can I have several procedures performed simultaneously?

It is a relatively common practice for a plastic surgeon to perform multiple procedures during one operation. This allows your problems to be treated in the one recovery time. In addition, having several procedures done simultaneously saves you the expense of paying for another admission. However, there are limits and having too much done at one time could lead to unnecessary complications. The decision to have multiple procedures done depends on which procedures are being done, the extent of surgery, the operating time, and your age/health. Ultimately, the surgeon decides whether or not it is appropriate to include more than one procedure in your operation.

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Does it matter how old I am?

Due to the variety of procedures available in plastic surgery, there can be no blanket rule on age, although age will be taken into consideration when planning your operation. More important can be your medical history. People of all ages have taken advantage of the image-enhancement offered by plastic surgery. There are even procedures appropriate for young children! It is important to understand the limitations of plastic surgery. Plastic surgery cannot “fix” every situation or reverse the ageing process. Treatment is carried out to make you look good for where you are in life. What is a good procedure for one person may not be an appropriate procedure for another. We are committed to making your plastic surgery experience a successful one.

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What happens during my initial consultation?

During your consultation Douglas will discuss your desired changes and expectations, review your medical history and current health, and make an assessment on whether the procedure(s) in question are right for you. He will then discuss the options available to create those changes. This is a good time to ask specific questions about the procedure, so that you are fully prepared, mentally and emotionally, for surgery. He will discuss the results that can be achieved, along with the limitations that may exist for you, both general and specific. In addition the potential complications will be discussed, so that you can make an informed decision about undergoing treatment.

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How long will it take to recover from my surgery?

Generally, post-operative instructions call for relative rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time. The length of recovery varies with each procedure and is different for each individual. It will be discussed as part of the consultation process. Swelling usually settles within a few days and most bruises disappear by two weeks. Scars are stiff and pink to begin with. They will fade and soften over time but are permanent. Care is taken to place any scars so that their impact is minimal.
The image-enhancing effects of plastic surgery become more evident over time with certain procedures taking up to a year for your body to fully adjust and settle into its new look. When you come in for your consultation, your expected recovery period and any post-operative instructions will be discussed in detail.

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Will my insurance cover the surgery?

Insurance providers generally cover costs for reconstructive surgery but not for cosmetic surgery. For example, insurance providers will cover reconstruction of a breast following a mastectomy and often treatment of the other side to create symmetry, eyelid surgery to remove sagging skin that blocks vision or nasal surgery to allow a patient to breathe better. We can give advice on whether treatment is likely to be covered and will be happy to assist you with the process.

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Are breast implants safe?

The issue of breast implant safety has been a hot topic throughout the last few decades. I only use quality implants from Allergan, (formally McGhan), and Nagor. There is no evidence that implants cause any of the illnesses associated with them. Silicone implants remain the best for producing natural results and minimising potential problems. Be aware that they may need changing in the future if you have any problems. However, they do not have a defined life span and, if the create no problems, they do not need changing.

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