What is plastic surgery?

Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty which changes the appearance and function of patient’s bodies. Plastic is derived from the Greek work “plastikos” which means to mold or to shape. For people who wish to improve their appearance, cosmetic surgical procedures offer patients the opportunity to reshape certain physical features and improve their self-esteem.
What is the difference between surgeons referred to as “Plastic Surgeons” and “Cosmetic Surgeons”? The doctor you choose should be Board Certified in Plastic Surgery . A cosmetic surgeon can be a dermatologist, gynecologist, dentist, family practice doctor—or any kind of doctor who has taken a few courses to learn about cosmetic procedures. The courses do not involve hands on training.. Your safest route is to go with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has years of experience in performing aesthetic and reconstructive procedures. Visit our page How To Choose A Plastic Surgeon for information to help you decide what’s recommeneded for you.

What is the cost of the procedure(s)?

The cost of surgery is dependent upon the procedure(s) being performed, the anesthesia, and the operating room time. Visit our pricing page for more details on the procedure you’re interested in. Call our office at (858) 974-9876 for a convenient time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kaweski.

Will there be discomfort after surgery?

The level of discomfort varies depending on the patient and the procedure(s) involved. With modern techniques used in anesthesia, most procedures involve minimal if no discomfort to the patient. Our goal here at Aesthetic Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery is for our patients to feel comfortable and at ease after surgery. A prescription for pain relievers will be provided to make your postoperative period more tolerable.

How much bruising and swelling will occur?

The amount of bruising and swelling depends upon the patient and the procedure(s) chosen. We provide written pre and post operative recommendations to the patient. Ultrasonic Massage and Endermologie which we provide after surgery will substantially diminish bruising and swelling and aid in rapid postoperative recovery.

What medications should I avoid before surgery?

There is a long list of medications and supplements that you will need to avoid for at least 2-3 weeks before and after surgery to avoid any complications. Bring a list of all your medications you take when you see Dr. Kaweski early on so she can tell you what you need to avoid. View our Medication List to view the entire list of medications and supplements to avoid.

Is there financing available for surgery?

Yes. In an attempt to make plastic surgery available for everyone, Dr. Kaweski offers many financing options through various companies. View our Financing page for more information.

How much time off will I need after my surgery?

The amount of time varies depending on the patients and the procedure done. Most patients need at least a week off of work or school after having surgery. Trying any earlier will be difficult and can result in a slower recovery process and complications. Dr. Kaweski will be able to determine how much time you will need off after your surgery and discuss this with you at the time of your pre-op.

What are the advantages of having breast implants under the muscle?

The advantages of having implants placed under the muscle (sub-pectoral) are:

  • Less incidence of capsular contracture, which is scar tissue around the implant, making breast firm and misshapen.
  • Reduced noticeable edge of implant with less chest wall to breast transition
  • Better coverage of the implant in the upper pole and medially resulting in a smaller chance of skin wrinkling and implant rippling in these areas.
  • Mammograms are easier to perform with less implant interference.

What To Consider When Thinking About Breast Implants?

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