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Frequently Asked Questions

By: Oklahoma Plastic Surgeons

Doctor and patient looking at breast implants

We answer many questions about cosmetic surgery every day. We take your questions and concerns seriously and help you to understand the process and ease any concerns, and we always take the time to listen to each patient and address their apprehensions.

Many patients ask the same questions. Here is a summary of the most frequently asked questions about cosmetic surgery:

How long is recovery time?

Recovery time varies based on the procedure. Breast augmentation for example takes 2-3 days while a tummy tuck may take 7-10 days to “feel like yourself again” or “back to normal.” If you have a sedentary job that does not require excessive movement or labor, you can usually return to work with in the week. A patient’s full routine such as exercise or heavy lifting can usually be resumed in 6 weeks following surgery. Each procedure is discussed in detail with the patient, including the expected recovery time.

Is cosmetic surgery safe?

As with any surgery, cosmetic surgery does have risks. However, each year, for a variety of reasons, thousands of people undergo cosmetic surgery and procedures without complications. The risks are generally low. Dr. Webster reviews each patient’s medical history along with current and past health history, as well as the reasons why you are wanting cosmetic surgery, and finally to not only determine how and if you should have a procedure but also to keep you informed of all the steps of the surgery. Heeding his advice and instructions carefully will decrease the risks that are involved.

Will my insurance cover the procedure?

This is a frequent question and one that cannot be answered with a straight forward yes or no. Coverage does depend on your policy along with the nature of the surgical procedure. Cosmetic surgeries generally are not covered by insurance, while reconstructive surgery usually is. We will work with you to determine your exact coverage and cost so that there are no surprises before the procedure.

What is the difference between submuscular (below the muscle) placement and subglandular (above the muscle) placement of breast implants?

There are many reasons justifying the favor of submuscular placement for breast implants. One, separating the implant from the pec muscle allows more of your muscle to cover the implant. This layer of muscle masks the implant, making it less visible with the result looking a little more natural. Choosing a breast implant placement below the pec muscle lowers the risk of capsular contracture.

For most patients, submuscular breast implant placement is optimal. But there is are select few who benefit from subglandular placement.

Submuscular placement of breast implants is generally the most common pick of the two, however, some patients require subglandular placement. Women who are very active and involved in activities such as weightlifting are ideal candidates for submuscular placement, along with a few others. Dr. Webster will determine which placement is best for you and your body at your consultation appointment following a physical examination, a review of your medical history and lifestyle.

Is cosmetic surgery right for me?

If you’re considering cosmetic surgery, there are a number of ways to determine if it’s for you. One, be sure you have realistic expectations and educate yourself on the expected results, recovery time and process. Candidates for cosmetic surgery should also be in relatively good health in order to undergo any type surgery. Cosmetic surgery is “real” surgery and should be thought of and treated with caution and the upmost seriousness.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.