Frequently Asked Questions

When can I go back to work?

It varies with the procedure. For example, if someone has limited liposculpture, it is possible to return to work in three to four days. A face lift patient may need a week off. Although most patients, following a cosmetic procedure, may feel fine physically, bruising and skin discoloration might last up to ten days.

Will I have scars?

Yes. Most of the cuts for surgery are made in such a way that scars will be well hidden. Whenever possible, surgery is done with minimal incisions. Scars usually mend and fade with time. They can be covered with make-up after initial healing is complete in about eight to ten days. Your surgeon will be able to tell you exactly where the scars will be for any given procedure.

Is it painful?

Pain varies from patient to patient and from procedure to procedure. Most procedures are uncomfortable for 24 to 48 hours. Almost all of these procedures are done on an outpatient basis. Most people will be comfortable taking oral medication to alleviate pain.

How am I going to look after the procedure?

This is a tough question to answer with a simple statement. Preoperative realistic expectations are extremely important. Cosmetic surgery does not make you look like someone else, and it is unrealistic to expect to look like a model. Realistic goals are: restoration of "how it used to be a few years ago," "correction of imperfections," and "youthful appearance."

Is financing available?

Yes. Financing is avaiable and can be discussed at the time of the initial consultation. Contact Beygum Gopaul for more information.

What happens if I get a complication?

urgeons are available around the clock. Following the procedure, you will spend a few hours in the Recovery Room until you have recovered from the anesthesia and the surgical procedure. As only a limited amount of surgical procedures are done on any given day at the Allentown Center for Plastic Surgery, patients are never rushed through procedures, and the nurses and surgeons make sure that the outcomes are safe.

Where can I find out more about cosmetic surgery?

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) is a not-for-profit educational organization providing current information on the many types of cosmetic procedures performed by doctors certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

The Plastic Surgery Information Service, sponsored by the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (ASPRS) and the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation (PSEF), provides background on the history and wide variety of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures. There is also information other plastic surgery organizations.