Frequently Asked Questions About Plastic Surgery

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Questions? Dr. Leber understands that your cosmetic surgery is a major decision. In his effort to keep patients well-informed about their procedure, he has provided answers to questions that are frequently raised by patients during the treatment process. If you have additional inquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact our practice or discuss them with Dr. Leber during a consultation.

How do I know which implant size is right for me?

In general, the ideal breast size in relation to your overall figure can be determined by assessing your chest width and original breast proportions. During a consultation, you will have the opportunity to try on implant sizers to gain a feel for which size feels right on your body. Furthermore, Dr. Leber can use VECTRA® 3D Imaging technology to create a three-dimensional visualization of the potential results of your breast augmentation, which can serve as a useful point of reference in deciding the best degree of volume enhancement. When discussing the breast size that you aspire to, it is often helpful to bring photographs rather than reference the desired enhancement with cup size, as describing a “B” or “C” cup size often means different things for different people.

Should my implants be placed above or below the chest muscle?

The best location for your implants will depend on the thickness of your breast skin and the size of your implant. Generally speaking, patients with thin breast skin may achieve more natural-looking results with a subpectoral approach (under the muscle), as the edges of the implant can become visible—a phenomenon known as implant rippling—when there is not proper coverage.

While the ultimate decision is in your hands, Dr. Leber has outlined the advantages and disadvantages of each technique below.

Benefits of placement under the muscle (subpectoral):

  • Less risk of capsular contracture, wherein scar tissue forms around an implant
  • Minimized risk of visible or palpable implant edges through breast skin
  • Better implant coverage in the upper breast pole
  • More accurate mammogram readings due to less implant interference

Benefits of placement above the muscle (subglandular):

  • Evidence of a relatively smoother recovery period
  • The appearance of less fullness in the upper breast pole
  • More natural implant movement with muscle contraction
  • Evidence of achieving a softer and more natural-looking breast appearance earlier in the recovery period

Do I have to pay for all of my surgery fees at once?

Not necessarily. If you would prefer to pay for your treatment over time, Dr. Leber works with leading healthcare lending companies to allow patients the option of financing their procedure rather than paying in a lump sum. Once approved, qualified applicants can choose from a number of flexible payment plans provided by CareCredit® or Prosper® Healthcare Lending to make the price of surgery more affordable. Please visit our page on plastic surgery financing to learn more, or reach out to our practice to speak with a member of our team.

What kinds of medications and supplements should I avoid prior to surgery?

Once Dr. Leber sees you in person, he will provide detailed instructions on how to prepare for your surgery, including which medications you should steer clear of prior to the procedure. Some general guidelines include:

  • Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen) and supplements with acetylsalicylic acid (ASA). These drugs can interfere with blood clotting and cause excessive bruising as well as bleeding. Please be sure to check the ingredients on any cold or headache medicines and don’t hesitate to call our practice if you are unsure.
  • Avoid alcohol as much as possible for two weeks prior to surgery, and completely abstain from alcohol 48 hours before your operation.
  • Stop smoking two weeks before and after your surgery. Smoking can interfere with blood circulation and ultimately impede or prolong the healing process.
  • Stay away from supplements or drugs containing Vitamin E.

How much time should I take off work for my surgery?

Most patients require roughly one week off of school or work after having plastic surgery. However, the amount of downtime necessary after your procedure will depend on the nature of your treatment and your unique rate of healing. It is very important to both your general health and the quality of your results to take the proper amount of time to heal. Rushing the recovery process can cause more bruising and ultimately deter the final outcome. Dr. Leber will speak with you more about your unique recovery once your treatment plan is established.

What is the plastic surgery process like for out-of-town patients?

If you are flying in for surgery, our team will be there every step of the way to walk you through your virtual consultation, help you make arrangements, and suggest local accommodations. Read more about our special program for out-of-town plastic surgery patients.

What plastic surgery procedures are popular for men?

Most procedures at Dr. Leber’s practice can be performed on men for results that look natural and complement a masculine aesthetic. Male plastic surgery procedures that are commonly pursued include gynecomastia surgery, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, and chin implant surgery.

When can I exercise after surgery?

In general, exercise is normally avoided for approximately four to six weeks after surgery. However, this time period will depend on how many procedures were part of your treatment plan, the type of surgery performed, and your unique rate of healing. Dr. Leber will be able to give you a more accurate idea of when you can resume exercise and strenuous activity in person.

If you have a question that wasn’t addressed, or you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our practice.