Plastic surgery is sought to enhance the appearance or correct birth defects or disfigurements from injuries. At New Jersey Plastic Surgery®, located in Montclair, New Jersey, the board-certified plastic surgeons perform plastic surgery procedures for people living in Bloomfield, Essex County, Morristown and the surrounding communities who want to improve their appearance or correct any physical flaws that affect their self-confidence.
What is Plastic Surgery?
Plastic surgery is a medical specialty encompassing a broad spectrum of surgical procedures performed to reshape areas of the body or correct issues from birth defects or injury to improve appearance and increase self-esteem. Patients seeking plastic surgery must have a realistic expectation of the results as well as a healthy mental attitude.
The Best Candidates for Plastic Surgery
The best candidates for plastic surgery are individuals who are basically content with their appearance but would like to enhance or improve a specific area of the body that has changed with age or a dramatic weight loss. Once completed, they are very satisfied with the results and continue to lead their healthy lifestyles.
Individuals who seek plastic surgery to correct cosmetic issues resulting from birth defects or trauma to specific parts of the body. For many, this is done to achieve a positive self-image and often involves a dramatic change to which it may take some time to adjust. Because of this, it is important to have realistic expectations and a healthy attitude towards the procedures and their results.
Many plastic surgeons consult with patients prior to performing cosmetic or reconstructive procedures to determine their mental wellbeing. They want to know:
- The motivation for seeking plastic surgery
- Goals from specific procedures
- Expectations of what procedures can do
Planning Your Plastic Surgery
Plastic surgery often involves invasive procedures that involve specific planning in terms of the preparation, recovery, and financing. During your preparation, you must be open and honest with your plastic surgeon during consultations in terms of what you want to have done and your expectations from the procedures. On top of this, you must follow the steps to prepare for the selected procedure.
Additionally, depending on the recommended procedure, there may be a significant recovery following the procedure. It is important to have the support you need for the recovery in place so that you are able to heal and return to your normal daily routine.
Finally, planning for your plastic surgery must take into account the cost involved. While reconstruction is often covered partially or completely by insurance because they are medically necessary, cosmetic procedures are typically not covered by insurance making it necessary to pay for the expense out of your own pockets. Obtaining financing or saving for the procedure may take time and planning.
Preparing for Your Plastic Surgery
As with any surgical procedure, patients typically have a set of directions from the plastic surgeon to follow in order to prepare for plastic surgery. It is important to ensure patients are physically and mentally sound to undergo invasive procedures as well as handle the recovery process. In addition to talking with the plastic surgeon, patients are often required to:Have a physical exam along with getting bloodwork and other tests to ensure adequate physical health
- Have a physical exam along with getting bloodwork and other tests to ensure adequate physical health
- Cease taking anti-inflammatory medications and vitamins and supplements that may hamper the healing process or prolong bleeding
- Arrange for transportation to and from the surgery as well as care during the first few days following the procedure
Types of Anesthesia
Depending on the procedure, patients are typically put under local, sedation or general anesthesia. The level of anesthesia is chosen by an anesthesiologist as it correlates to the extent of the procedure.
- Local/Regional – often used for minor procedures to numb specific areas of the body and comes in the form of an injection, spray or ointment. A step up from local is regional anesthesia which is similar to local but covers a larger area of the body.
- Sedation – Sedation is chosen for cosmetic or reconstructive procedures that require more han simply numbing from local or regional anesthesia. With sedation, patients are given anesthesia intravenously, through gas or a pill so that they drift off into a drowsy state. Sedation is often done in conjunction with local or regional anesthesia to relieve anxiety. The main benefit of using sedation is that patients are not under for an extended period of time and are able to recover from the anesthesia more quickly than with stronger types
- General – General anesthesia involves putting patients in an unconscious state and is used for extensive, more invasive procedures. It is administered intravenously or through gas that is inhaled and affects the entire body. While under general anesthesia, blood pressure, heart rate, and other vital statistics are constantly monitored. Recovery from general anesthesia takes a bit more time.
Plastic Surgery Procedures
Plastic surgery procedures vary depending on the area of the body to be contoured, reshaped or corrected as well as the extent of the procedure to achieve the desired look. At New Jersey Plastic Surgery®, our surgeons perform the following plastic surgery procedures:
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Lift
- Breast Reconstruction
- Breast Reduction
- Corrective Breast Surgery
- Arm Lift
- Body Lift
- Brazilian Butt Lift
- Fat Transfer & Injections
- Mommy Makeover
- Thigh Lift
- Tummy Tuck
- Mini Tummy Tuck
- Smart Lipo™
- VASER® Lipo
- VASER® 4D Lipo
- Calves Contouring
How much Does Plastic Surgery Cost?
The cost of plastic surgery varies with each patient depending on the procedure and the extent of the area of the body to be treated. When plastic surgery is performed as reconstruction to an area of the body from some type of trauma or as a result of a chronic illness such as cancer, health insurance plans often provide patients with coverage to offset the expense; however, if the plastic surgery is cosmetic in nature and not medically necessary, the expense is the responsibility of the patients. For your convenience, we accept cash, check, Visa®, MasterCard®, American Express, and Discover®. Additionally, we offer financing options via CareCredit® and Alphaeon™.
After Your Plastic Surgery
The healing process following plastic surgery depends on the procedure(s) performed and how extensive they were to perform. The more invasive the procedures typically take longer to heal. Prior to the surgery, your surgeon or other staff member takes time out to go over the recovery and healing process and provides you with detailed instructions to ensure you heal properly, reduce the risk of infection and allow your body to heal itself. It is important to follow the instructions and keep all follow-up visits.
Getting Back to Normal Following Plastic Surgery
Most patients are anxious to return to a normal routine as fast as possible after plastic surgery. The recovery period is contingent upon the procedure(s) performed and how well you follow the post-op directions. Some procedures allow patients to get back to normal in as little as a couple of weeks while others require a more extensive healing process of up to six weeks or more.
Plastic surgery at New Jersey Plastic Surgery® can help you achieve a younger and healthy appearance. If you live in or around Bloomfield, Essex County, and Morristown seeking to make minor or major changes to your body, contact us today to set up a consultation.