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Frequently Asked Questions

At Triangle Plastic Surgery Associates, we strive to make sure you are informed and comfortable each step of the way. To help you feel more prepared to make a decision about your plastic surgery, we’ve compiled a list of of our most frequently asked questions.

After the initial consultation, how many more visits will I make to your office before the surgery?

In addition to the initial consultation, you’ll make one more preoperative appointment. At this appointment, you will discuss any questions that may have arisen and talk about specific details of the surgery with Dr. Ortiz. You will also have pre-operative photos taken for your medical chart.

How long will the surgery last?

The length of the surgery depends on the surgery and the patient, but most procedures take between 1 and 6 hours.

How long will I need someone to help care for me after the surgery?

You will need someone with you for the full 24 hours following the procedure. You will be recovering from anesthesia during this time and it is important that someone drive you home and stay with you. You will need additional assistance for the first 6 weeks following your surgery as you will not be able to carry out regular activities or lift anything over 20lbs.

What types of activities should I avoid after my surgery? And for how long?

For at least 6 weeks following your surgery, you should avoid heavy lifting (anything over 20lbs), pushing or pulling heavy objects, and working out. You will also need to wear a compression garment for those 6 weeks. You can resume everyday activities as soon as you feel comfortable doing so.

How long should I expect to be out of work?

This depends on the type of surgery you have and the type of work you do, but you should plan to take between 3 and 14 days off of work. Breast augmentation patients are typically back to work in 3 days while more intrusive surgeries like Brazilian butt lifts and mommy makeovers require you to take at least 14 days.

How long will I be sore from the surgery?

This is another aspect of recovery that depends on the surgery you selected. The peak of inflammation is usually 3 days after surgery, at which point swelling and pain will begin to subside.

How long until the swelling goes down?

Most of the initial swelling starts to subside about 2 weeks after surgery but wound healing can take anywhere between 6-12 months. For example, the swelling from a breast augmentation lasts around two weeks but the implants remain “high riding” for up to 3 months until they drop into the resting position over the breast fold.

How long until the final results of the surgery are visible?

You should be able to see the final results of your surgery after 3 months with minimal changes until the 6 month mark.

Will I need to change my bandages? If so, how often?

Your bandages will be removed after 48 hours, at which point you will be able to shower.

How many follow-up visits should I expect?

You will have at least two follow-up appointments: one at 1 week post-op and one at 2-3 months after your surgery. More appointments will be scheduled as needed.

What is the price range for cosmetic surgery procedures?

The price range for plastic surgery depends greatly on the type of surgery. Estimates are available for all of our most popular procedures, but these quotes are dependent on your case and your insurance coverage (if your insurance covers cosmetic surgeries.)

Quotes for plastic surgery include all preoperative evaluations, photos, visitation with staff & doctor, surgical garments, and anesthesia.

If you still have questions or would like to schedule a consultation, call our Raleigh plastic surgery center at (919) 532-2270 or fill out our online contact form.