Cosmetic Surgery FAQ’s
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What is cosmetic surgery?
Cosmetic surgery is when a person chooses to have a surgical procedure to change their physical appearance for aesthetic reasons, rather than functional or medical reasons. Cosmetic surgery can be used on any area of the body. Its goals may be to change the body’s contour and shape, to smooth or remove sagging skin and wrinkles, or to enhances specific features of a person’s appearance. The most popular cosmetic surgeries are breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tucks, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, and facelifts.
What does a cosmetic surgeon do?
Cosmetic surgery is a unique discipline of medicine that focuses on enhancing appearance through surgical and medical techniques. The areas addressed depend on what aesthetic or cosmetic changes a patient seeks. Cosmetic surgeons such as Dr. Dunkley perform these cosmetic surgical procedures to meet the desires and personal goals of their patients.
Cosmetic Surgery Vs. Plastic Surgery
The training of cosmetic surgeons and plastic surgeons has similarities and differences. Dr. Dunkley graduate from medical school, then went into a residency in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology and finished his training with a one-fellowship in cosmetic surgery. There are no residency programs specifically focused on cosmetic surgery. Hence, Dr. Dunkley’s receive board certification is in Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) and Facial Plastic Surgery. His Plastic Surgery & Otolaryngology board is indorsed the American Osteopathic Certifying Board. He also passed a non-board test that ensures he is qualified in cosmetic surgery. This test provides a certificate of added qualification (CAQ).
Plastic surgeons follow a similar path as cosmetic surgeons, doing a minimum of five years training after medical school, however much time is spent on reconstructive surgery. Plastic surgeons are certified through the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Cosmetic surgeons perform procedures on all areas of the head, neck, and body, though these areas typically function properly. The surgery is aesthetic and elective. Plastic surgeons are dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects from, trauma, burns, and disease as well as doing cosmetic procedures.
What can I expect during my consultation?
At Envision Cosmetic Surgery, your consultation with Dr. Dunkley will be a two-way conversation. It’s meant to be the time where Dr. Dunkley and our team can understand your goals, hopes, and expectations. It is also a time for you to get to know Dr. Dunkley & his staff, learn about your procedure and what to expect during recovery. Dr. Dunkley self-admittedly likes people. The consult is an easy time to learn about his background, philosophy, and approach to the procedures you’re interested in.
Your consultation should 30 minutes to an hour. By the end, you’ll have a plan in place and know what to expect before, during, and after the surgery.
Here are some of the important areas that will be covered in your consultation. The two of you will discuss:
- What your goals are for this procedure.
- Your medical history.
- What you want to change about your body.
- How this will affect you after surgery.
- What results you expect to achieve with your surgery.
- What is involved the day of your surgery.
- What to anticipate during recovery.
- What risks and complications are possible with your procedure.
Often it is helpful to write down questions you may have so you will remember to ask them during the consultation. Common questions asked include:
- How long have you been performing cosmetic surgery?
- Answer: Since 2007 when I finished my fellowship and began to treat patients
- How much experience do you have with the procedure I’m seeking?
- Answer: Procedures such as breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tucks, labiaplasty & eyelid surgery are performed multiple times every month. Other procedures are less common and performed only 1-2 times a month.
- Where will my surgery be done?
- Answer: Dr. Dunkley performs all his surgeries in a private in-office operating suite.
- What can I expect from this surgery?
- Answer: This varies by surgery, but my typical response is “higher and tighter” as no one asks for “looser and lower.”
Once all questions have been answered, a physical exam is done. Often Dr. Dunkley will have questions and suggestions to ensure your goals will be met. Typically, no “before” photos will be taken until the day of your surgery.
Next you meet with your patient coordinator; she will be your resource moving forward. After ensuring your questions have been answered, she’ll help you with pricing, scheduling, setting a pre-surgery appointment and even provide resources for financing if needed.
Does insurance cover cosmetic surgery?
Cosmetic surgery is generally considered elective surgery and is not covered by insurance. There can be exceptions, such as cases where a person’s eyelids are sagging to the degree that they are beginning to impact vision or when nasal function is partially blocked, when a person could have insurance cover blepharoplasty or septalplasty, or at least part of the procedure. This is usually the exception, however. Dr. Dunkley has a variety of different financing options to help his patients get the procedures they seek.
How do I schedule surgery?
Surgery can be scheduled the day of your consult. If you’re not ready the day of your consult, you can call your patient coordinator at a later time to pick a date. When you schedule your surgery, a down-payment is needed. Once scheduled, you can change your Surgery date anytime up to 2 weeks before surgery.