| FAQ

Am I a good candidate for plastic surgery?
Individuals in good general health are typically good candidates for cosmetic surgery. It is very important for prospective patients to have realistic expectations for their surgery results. During your consultation with your plastic surgeon, it is important to openly discuss your previous medical history, plastic surgery goals and any concerns you have so that your surgeon can make an informed and realistic assessment about your candidacy for cosmetic surgery.
What is the right age for plastic surgery?
There’s no hard and fast rule as to the right age for plastic surgery. Advanced DermaPlastics Clinic evaluates each cosmetic surgery patient on a case-by-case basis. During a consultation, your surgeon will take into account individual factors, such as your unique body type, size and age.
Is plastic surgery safe?

As with all surgical procedures, there is some level of risk. To reduce your chances of complications, Dr. Medawar employs the best staff possible. In addition, it is important that you follow all of your doctor’s pre- and post-operative instructions carefully, and thoroughly discuss any and all medical conditions with your doctor prior to your procedure. This way, you’ll be sure you and your plastic surgeon are prepared and that your body is appropriately cared for before, during and after surgery.
Does it really matter where the surgery is performed?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends that people select a surgeon who is board certified and has operating privileges at medical facilities credentialed in plastic surgery procedures. Dr. Medawar is an American and Canadian Board Certified Doctor.
How do I prepare for surgery?

Preparing for plastic surgery procedures such as a rhinoplasty, liposuction, breast implants, reconstructive surgery or a face lift, although fairly easy, is necessary for a successful surgical outcome. The process begins with a surgical consultation in order for you to thoroughly understand what the procedure involves, the course of recovery and the ideal outcome. Then, Advanced DermaPlastics Clinic will bring you in for a preoperative surgical interview. During the interview our nursing staff and an anesthetist will review your health history, answer your questions, give you additional instructions on surgery preparation and tell you what to expect. The interview process may take one to two hours, so please plan your schedule accordingly.
Is plastic surgery outpatient or inpatient?
Most plastic surgery procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, with some exceptions. Cases where a patient is recommended to stay overnight include: • When a patient lives alone—surgery patients often require some assistance after their surgery. • When there are multiple surgeries and it is necessary to monitor the patient’s overall condition and pain. • On the rare occasion that complications arise.
Are there any products or behaviors I should limit to prepare for surgery?

There are a number of steps you can take to maximize your surgical results, including: • Stop taking any non-prescribed supplements (vitamins, minerals and herbal products) seven days prior to surgery. • Discontinue smoking at least six weeks prior to surgery to avoid healing problems and serious medical complications following surgery. • Consult with your surgeon if you are taking aspirin or products with anticoagulation properties about when or whether to discontinue them before surgery to minimize the risk of unnecessary bleeding. You want to be at your best health at the time of surgery. For this reason, if you develop a cold or fever, pimples, rashes, or open wounds, contact the office immediately to reschedule your procedure and minimize the risk of surgical complications.
How long will the benefits last?
The results of your plastic surgery depend on the procedure you have. In general, results from most plastic surgery procedures are long lasting if a healthy weight and overall healthy lifestyle is maintained.
How soon can I return to work?
The length of time it takes to recover after plastic surgery varies depending on the procedure performed and the person operated on. Most patients will require assistance for the first two days following surgery.
How many people undergo cosmetic surgery each year?
Over 13.1 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States in 2010, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This is a 5% increase from 2009.
How many men have cosmetic surgery?
Men had over 9 percent of cosmetic procedures in 2010. The number of procedures (surgical and nonsurgical) performed on men was more than 1.1 million during the same year.
What are the most popular procedures for men?
The top non-surgical cosmetic procedure for men in 2009 was Botox. Liposuction was the top surgical cosmetic procedure.
Do face and neck exercises work to reduce sag?
No, they do not.
Does a person's voice change after rhinoplasty (nose surgery)?
A few patients notice small change in their voice after rhinoplasty but this is uncommon. Professionals who rely on their voice, such as singers, should share any concerns with their surgeon, however, because the nose does play a role in how we sound.
What type of mini face lift can be done to raise cheekbones? What is the recovery time?
The available options can only be discussed after having an evaluation with a plastic surgeon. In general, recovery time from a mini face lift is approximately two weeks.
If a patient has a heart condition, is plastic surgery with general anesthesia safe?
It depends upon the patient's disease and current medications. Talk to your plastic surgeon about your specific situation.
How is a patient's physical condition evaluated prior to plastic surgery?
A complete pretesting series of appointments is done prior to any surgery.