FAQ about Plastic Surgery
Is there an age limit for plastic surgery?
In general, cosmetic surgeries are not performed to children under 18, some exceptions exist, such as otoplasty, which is recommended before the child enters to school to avoid bulling, or breast hypertrophy during adolescence that can produce osteoarticular deformities. There is no upper age limit for cosmetic surgeries, although over 60 years old people tend to have more complications than people younger than that. The most important thing is the general health condition of the patient and the existence of other diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, etc.
Is there a weight limit that prevents from being operated?
This is a very important aspect in breast surgery and body contouring surgery, such as liposuction and abdominoplasty. I only perform these procedures for patients with BMI less than 27, because it can be risky with superior BMI (weight/height2).
Can I have more than one surgery done at a time?
It is possible to perform more than one surgery at a time, such as abdominoplasty, gluteoplasty and liposuction for example. The important thing when combining surgeries is the surgical time, which should not be too long. In order to minimize the surgical risk, I do not perform surgeries that can last more than 6 hours.
Is cosmetic surgery safe?
As with any major surgical intervention, cosmetic surgery has risks, however these can be minimized by following the safety triangle proposed by the Chilean Society of Plastic Surgery: Informed Patient, Accredited Center and Certified Plastic Surgeon. In the consultation we can talk in depth about the risks of your intervention and clarify all the doubts you have.
Does plastic surgery hurt much?
The pain depends on the type of procedure to be performed and the pain threshold of each patient. The surgery is performed under anesthesia, so the interventions are painless, and during the post-operative period you will have prescribed medications that relieve pain and inflammation to make your recovery more comfortable.
How soon I can go back to work after surgery?
This depends completely on the type of surgery and progress that you show in the post-operative period, but in most cases you will be able to get back to your work after 2 weeks and in case of having more extensive procedure such as lipoabdominoplasty, the recuperation time will be 3 weeks approximately.
How long will it take before I can exercise and return to the gym after a surgery?
It is important to have a break from training and sport and rest after surgery to optimize the healing process and achieve quicker recovery. After the fourth post-operative week it is possible to start with light aerobic exercise such as walking. After the sixth post-operative week weight training can be incorporated into the training regime again. However, these estimations depend on each patient and their progress they have made during their recuperation after the surgery.
Will I have a scar?
Yes, all surgeries leave scars even if they are small. The appearance of the scar and the visibility depend on many factors such as age, skin color and scar care. I will help you during the healing process in order to achieve the best possible outcome.
Breast Augmentation Surgery (Breast Implants)
Can I breastfeed if I have implants?
Yes, breast implants do not interfere with breastfeeding in any way. Also, there exists no evidence that silicone or other material derived from the implants are transferred to the milk.
How long before a surgery shoud I stop breastfeeding?
It is necessary to wait at least 6 months before the surgery without breastfeeding, to be able to have any breast surgery.
Will the sensitivity of my nipples be affected?
Some patients can experience change in the nipple sensitivity after surgery which can occur by incisions through the nipple itself, or through the breast groove. Therefore, it is impossible to predict whether you will have changes in the sensitivity of your nipples, and it is one of the existing risks which one must accept in order to undergo that sort of surgery.
Breast Reduction and Mastopexy
Can I breastfeed after a breast reduction surgery or mastopexy?
Yes, you can breastfeed after a breast reduction, however because the mammary gland is resected and repositioned, some patients may experience difficulties with milk production.
Are the scars very extensive?
The size of the scar depends a lot on the breast structure of each patient. In general, the bigger and lower the breast are, the more extensive the scars are as well. However, with proper post-operative treatment, scars can be disguised quite well.
Will the sensitivity of the nipples decrease?
Normally, very large or hanging breasts show impaired sensitivity of the nipples before the surgery, this in general remains so post-operatively.
Will I have to wear any drainage?
I usually leave a fine drainage on each breast. It helps to prevent liquid from accumulating inside the breast. Drainages are removed between 24 to 48 hours after the surgery.
Is the scar very extensive?
The extent of the scar depends on the amount of redundant skin that needs to be removed. Most commonly the scar is from one iliac crest to the other. When done right, it is hidden underneath the pant or bikini line. With patients who have lost a lot of weight and have too much skin left, the scar can extend to the back.
How long will I have to wear drainage?
Drainage is used in all tummy tucks, which is left for 7 days on average. The drainage is intended to prevent the accumulation of fluid under the skin as well as bruising.
Liposuction and Liposculpture
Is it a good way to lose weight?
It is not a method for losing weight, since the excessive extraction of fat can be risky, thus it is not recommendable to extract more than 7% of the patient's body weight. This procedure is reserved for patients who have a certain distribution of bodyfat to mold, so it results into a more attractive contour by extracting localized fat deposits.
If I’m gaining weight, is it true that the fat goes into other places?
Because fat cells are removed from specific areas, that particular site tends to gain less fat, that is, even if you gain weight, the "body shape" you have achieved via surgery is maintained.