It's natural to have many questions about cosmetic surgery. We are here to answer your questions and review specific cosmetic surgery procedures.
Below, find answers to some of your most frequently asked questions about cosmetic surgery and aesthetic procedures.
Remember that your physician is best able to answer questions and elaborate based on his or her evaluation of your needs.
Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve appearance. Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance because there is no underlying disease process.
Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body caused by birth defects, abnormal developmental processes, trauma (accident), infection, tumours or disease. In general, reconstructive surgery is performed to improve function or, but may also be completed to approximate a normal appearance.
Reconstructive surgery is typically covered by most health insurance policies, although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly.
A plastic surgeon performs plastic surgery.
A qualified plastic surgeon in Malaysia would usually be credentialled by a national specialist body called the National Specialist Register. A plastic surgeon would usually have had to undergo general surgical training and higher specialist training in plastic surgery.
From the diagram we can see that the term plastic surgery covers a whole range of surgeries – head to toe, old and young!
No two patients recover from surgery in the same way. It is common to have swelling and bruising after surgery. Depending on the type of surgery itself, recovery may take around one to a few weeks.
You will be prescribed the appropriate pain medications to help minimize any discomfort. In general, most facial cosmetic operations have minimal discomfort post-operatively.
Liposuction is slightly more uncomfortable, and operations that require elevation or tightening of the muscles-such as an abdominoplasty or breast augmentation can cause discomfort equal to a C-section.
Most elective surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis under local anaesthesia in our Malaysian Health Ministry approved procedure room. You will be awake during surgery and feel minimal discomfort.
Some surgeries are best done at a hospital facility. If so, our doctors would advise you about it.
It's important to learn about the safety of a plastic surgery procedure, as well as the expected outcome. Although thousands of people have plastic surgery every year without complications, no surgical procedure is risk-free.
Some of the things you may want to consider:
- Check that your physician is certified by the National Specialist Registry or other appropriate medical board. To verify a surgeon's certification status, contact either the Malaysian National Specialist Register or check https://www.nsr.org.my/list11.asp.
- Is your procedure being done under local anaesthesia or general anaesthesia. Under general anaesthesia, sometimes you do not need to be admitted. Some surgical procedures can solely be performed as daycare. This means that you would be going home the same day as your surgery not needing a hospital admission.
- Do you need to have someone to accompany you to help bring you home after the procedure.
- Is the surgical facility Ministry of Health approved.
The decision is based on a number of factors, including the patient's desires, reasons for the surgery and overall health.
For example, are you doing it because you feel your breasts are too small relative to your body contour or are you unhappy with the size and firmness of your breasts following pregnancy, breastfeeding or major weight loss? Unevenness between the breasts can also be a motivating factor. Your surgeon can help you make the right decision during your pre-surgical appointment(s).
Guided by what is discussed in the consultation, appropriate techniques in surgery will be able to give you the nose you desire. Occasionally we can combine silicone with your own tissue but this depends on your native tissue and any past history of previous surgery.
It is possible to have the silicone implant removed and replacing this with your own tissue and cartilage. This can be done as one surgery. Please come and see us for a consultation to discuss further.
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.
Like any other procedure, it has its risks. However, if done in the proper setting eg hospital under general anaesthesia, these risks are minimal.
As a rule, cosmetic plastic surgery is considered “elective surgery” and is not covered by most insurance plans. However, please ask us about credit card installment plans as these are available.
Yes. Depending upon what the procedure, it might make sense to sleep in a reclining (not horizontal) position for one week following surgery to minimize the collection of fluids in the face and eyelids.
Follow the instructions you will be given about making and administering your cold and warm compresses. These will not only reduce bruising and swelling, but they will also maximize and promote healing.
You may also take certain holistic supplements that have been proven to reduce swelling or bruising. Please ask our staff with regards to this.
Head to our individual procedure page to get more information.
As much as possible, we try to make our patients look fresh and natural! Usually we tend to undertreat a patient and prefer to review them in 2 weeks after injections for a free top-up (if needed).
Botox is not addictive! Botox is a brand name. The active chemical is usually referred to as a neuromodulator. There are many brands of neuromodulators eg Dysport, Xeomin.
In the face, the function of a neuromodulator is to weaken the muscles of the face that keep crumpling skin or pulling down skin (imagine a paper that is crumpled many times in a day).
When a neuromodulator is injected into a muscle, the muscle weakens and therefore it shrinks. So in theory, it is unlikely that it would need a higher dose of neuromodulator injections.
Fat cells that are grafted or injected do not disappear. This is provided that the fat that is harvested is harvested in the proper manner and processed in a way as to not damage the cells.