Cosmetic Surgery FAQ

At Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery, we provide a variety of cosmetic procedures, including breast augmentations, rhinoplasty, liposuction, and more. However, we would never expect a patient to come in with no questions about the procedure they are thinking about. Browse through our FAQ’s, and schedule a consultation with us if you are interested in learning more about a cosmetic treatment.

Cosmetic Surgery FAQ

Do I need a consultation for surgery?

We always recommend a consultation before surgery. It is important for us to meet with you in person to discuss your goals and review your options for surgery. This allows us to come up with an individualized plan unique to your surgical needs.

What is involved in a cosmetic surgery consultation?

When you come in for a consultation you’ll be meeting with our board certified plastic surgeons and physician assistants to review your goals for surgery. We will discuss which procedures are best suited for you and can assist with achieving your goals. We will review your medical history and discuss a surgical plan, as well as perform a physical examination of the areas that concern you. Finally, you’ll meet with our surgical coordinator to discuss financial responsibility and review a scheduling timeline for surgery.

Does my insurance cover cosmetic surgery procedures?

Insurance does not cover procedures that are considered cosmetic. We can discuss this in more detail at your consultation. We do offer financing options including Care Credit to help with the costs of cosmetic surgery.

How do I prepare for a cosmetic surgery consultation?

You can best prepare for your consultation by putting together a list of questions for your surgeon to ask during your consultation. Be prepared to review your medical history with us so we can ensure your eligibility for surgery and provide the best plan of care for your surgical needs.

What should I do before a cosmetic procedure?

Before a cosmetic surgery you can take most of your normal daily medications up until surgery day. It is best to avoid any blood thinners including NSAIDs about a week before surgery if possible. The surgery center or hospital will call you the day before with specific timing, including when to stop drinking and eating before your surgery time. You will need a ride home after your surgery, but in most cases you should be able to perform all your daily activities on your own even later that day!

What can I do if I’m unhappy with previous cosmetic surgery?

If you have had cosmetic surgery in the past but are unsatisfied with the results we would be happy to see you for a consultation. There are many revision procedures that can be performed in order to help improve your situation. We are here to help!

What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?

Cosmetic surgery would be considered any procedure that creates a more aesthetically pleasing appearance, but is usually not medically necessary. Cosmetic surgery for example would be a breast augmentation or a tummy tuck procedure. Reconstructive surgery is often considered a medically necessary procedure, such as a hernia repair or breast reconstruction following a breast cancer diagnosis. However it can also describe revisionary surgery that may be necessary due to congenital defects or other surgeries. There is significant overlap here, as we are always concerned about aesthetic outcomes for every patient regardless of cosmetic or reconstructive reasons.

Is cosmetic surgery safe for me?

Your Physician will inform you if you are a good candidate for surgery. Upon review of your health history, your team of medical doctors, surgeons and anesthesiologists will ensure that you are medically cleared to have your desired procedure/s performed. Your physician should never allow you to undergo a procedure that is not safe for you.

How much time should I plan for recovery after cosmetic surgery?

You should feel a lot better within a day or two after cosmetic surgery. Typically, 1-2 weeks is enough time to “take off.” It will usually take a few months for final results, depending on the procedure.

When can I return to regular exercise after cosmetic surgery?

After cosmetic surgery, you can return to normal daily activities right away (showering, walking, cooking, etc). You are generally cleared to return to light physical activity/exercise about 1-2 weeks after your procedure. Typically, depending on the exact nature of your surgery, you are cleared to return to normal exercise with no little to no restrictions at 6-8 weeks post surgery. Every body is different, so these may vary from patient to patient.

To learn more about specific procedures, please go to the corresponding FAQ:

Facial Procedures

Breast Procedures FAQ

Body Procedures

Non-Surgical/Med Spa FAQ