Frequently asked questions by mostly patiences
Plastic Surgery FAQ's
In general, nonsmokers who are in good overall health and are currently at a healthy body weight are good candidates for cosmetic plastic surgery. Those who suffer from serious health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, a bleeding disorder, heart disease or mental illness should have these well controlled prior to seeking elective cosmetic surgery
It’s also very important for patients to have realistic expectations of their surgery results. Honesty about your medical history, plastic surgery goals and any concerns you have is crucial so we can make an informed and realistic assessment about what procedures may be best for you.
As with all surgical procedures, there is always some risk. At San Antonio Plastic Surgery Center, our top priority is your safety as well as your best cosmetic outcome. We will do everything possible to minimize complications during your surgery.
Additionally, it’s essential to follow all your pre- and post-operative instructions exactly, and thoroughly discuss any and all medical conditions with us before your procedure. This is the best way to ensure a smooth surgery and recovery process.
Earning board certification is one of many ways a surgeon can prove his or her skills and knowledge. Each certifying board has different requirements and measures a physician’s education and experience in their chosen fields. Dr. Bindewald holds board certification in both plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as general surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Board certification provides assurance that a doctor has undergone formal training in the fundamentals of plastic surgery and maintains certification through continued diligence in that field.
The process begins with a consultation, during which our staff will have an in-person meeting with you to thoroughly discuss every aspect of the procedure, the recovery time and your ideal results. We will also review your health history and give you additional instructions for pre- and post-surgery.
If you are seeking a body contouring procedures, it is important that you have reached your ideal body weight and have a stable weight to achieve the best possible outcome. It is also important that all nicotine-containing products and hormone supplementation be stopped for at least 4 weeks prior to surgery. Any blood thinning products should be stopped 10 days before surgery. Minimizing alcohol for at least 3 days prior to procedure will help minimize bruising.
In cases where people need surgery for reconstructive purposes – for example, if they’ve been injured in an accident or have had cancer – insurance may cover part or all of the procedure. Purely cosmetic surgeries are elective procedures and not medically necessary and insurance does not cover these procedures. Despite this, the far majority of patient’s undergoing cosmetic surgery find the investment of time and money in themselves worth it. Our friendly staff can help you determine if, and to what extent, you may be eligible for insurance coverage.
Most plastic surgery procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, with some exceptions. Cases where we may suggest a patient stay overnight include the following:
If you live alone – after surgery, you may need someone to help you with basic daily tasks.
If you have elected to combine multiple procedures and it’s necessary for us to monitor your overall condition and pain.
There are several steps you can take to get the best possible surgical results, including the following:
Stop taking any over-the-counter supplements, such as vitamins, minerals and herbal products, seven days prior to surgery.
If you are seeking a body contouring procedures, it is important that you have reached your ideal body weight and have a stable weight to achieve the best possible outcome.
It is important that all nicotine-containing products and hormone supplementation be stopped for at least 4 weeks prior to surgery.
Any blood thinning products should be stopped 10 days before surgery.
Minimizing alcohol for at least 3 days prior to procedure will help minimize bruising.
You want to be in the best of health before coming in for surgery. For this reason, if you come down with a cold or fever, or experience an infection or injury, contact our office immediately to reschedule your procedure and minimize the risk of surgical complications.
Yes. Well-placed Botox and fillers can rejuvenate and balance your appearance without surgery. While the results from these products are not permanent, they are long-lasting and require minimal recovery time. The injections are done in the comfort of our office and usually take less than an hour to perform.