At North Raleigh Plastic Surgery, we do everything we can to keep you informed and feeling comfortable and confident through every step of the process. To help you learn more about receiving plastic surgery, we’ve created a list that includes our commonly asked questions.
Following the initial consultation, we will schedule on more pre-operative appointment so you can ask questions and get additional in-depth details about your procedure from Dr. Ortiz. We will also take pre-operative photos to include in your medical chart.
How long the procedure takes depends on the type of surgery, the extent of the procedure, and the patient, however, most surgeries run between one and six hours.
If you’re recovering from anesthesia, you will need someone at home with you for a full 24 hours after you arrive home from surgery. This includes having someone drive you home. After the first day, you’ll only need additional help for six weeks when it comes to carrying or lifting anything over 20 pounds or performing more strenuous activity.
We recommend you go at your comfort level regarding everyday activities, such as walking and light housework. However, you need to avoid lifting anything over 20 pounds, working out, or pushing or pulling large or heavy items for six weeks. During this time, you’ll need to wear a compression garment.
How much time you take off work is dependent on the surgery and your career. However, most of our patients take between three days for breast augmentation and 14 days for more intrusive surgeries like the Brazilian butt lift or a mommy makeover.
In most surgeries, the inflammation reaches its peak around three days following your surgery. After that point, the swelling and pain start subsiding. However, this is more of an average, much of your recovery depends on the procedure you’re having done.
Wound healing is not an overnight process. The initial swelling generally subsides 14 days after your procedure, but wound healing can take several months before you see the true “end result.” Dr. Ortiz will be able to provide you with a more exact answer during your pre-op consultation.
You’ll see the final outcomes of your procedure around three months, though you may see a few shifts around six months.
You can remove your bandages around 48 hours post-operation. Following that, you can take a shower.
You will have one post-op appointment at around one week post operation and another one two or three months after your surgery. If needed, we will schedule additional appointments.
The price range for your cosmetic procedure really depends greatly on the type of surgery you schedule. Estimates are available for each of our most popular procedures, but these quotes are dependent on your case and your insurance coverage (if your insurance covers cosmetic surgeries.)
Quotes for plastic surgery include all preoperative evaluations, photos, visitation with staff & doctor, surgical garments, and anesthesia.