By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Cosmetic surgery: is it right for me?

FAQ from Gwinnett Medical Center
While reality TV shows and magazine articles may make cosmetic surgery seem like a magic way to shave off years or look like a movie star, there’s more to it than that. Here are some frequently asked questions, and their answers by the cosmetic surgery specialists at Gwinnett Medical Center.

Am I a good candidate for the cosmetic surgery procedure I’m interested in?
Generally individuals in good health are good candidates for cosmetic surgery. Discuss with your cosmetic surgeon whether the procedure you’re interested in is right for you, and whether there are alternative procedures to achieve the effect you want. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, among the most common cosmetic surgery procedures are breast augmentation, nose reshaping, liposuction, eyelid surgery and facelift. 

Are my cosmetic surgery goals realistic?
Explain your goals and ask the surgeon if they’re realistic for you. Ask your surgeon to show you before and after photos of other patients, so that you know what realistic outcomes look like.

Are my recovery expectations realistic?
Each person and each procedure involves its own recovery time – which may be longer than you would expect. It’s important to openly discuss any health conditions that might impact your recovery, and any lifestyle factors that might be important to you, such as training for a marathon or planned travel.

Is this cosmetic surgery procedure safe?
All surgical procedures have some level of risk. To reduce your chances of complications, follow all your pre- and post-operative instructions carefully. Also be sure you discuss any and all health conditions with your surgeon.

Does it matter where the surgery is performed?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends that people select a surgeon who is board certified in plastic surgery and who has operating privileges at an area hospital. Having a procedure performed at Gwinnett Medical Center guarantees that your surgeon currently has both these credentials. Plus, if your procedure is performed in a hospital setting, you can be assured that if something unexpectedly goes awry, the best in medical care is under the same roof – not miles away down a crowded highway.

Is cosmetic surgery outpatient or inpatient?
Most cosmetic surgery procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, with some exceptions. A patient might stay overnight if he or she lives alone and has no one to assist after surgery, or when there are multiple surgeries and staying in the hospital is needed to monitor the patient’s condition and pain

Gwinnett Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission. Hospitals that are accredited by the Joint Commission have demonstrated that they meet numerous patient safety standards and that the hospital’s equipment, surgical protocols and facility standards meet stringent criteria. These accreditation boards also review staff training for nurses, respiratory therapists, anesthesiologists and surgeons.

Locating a Cosmetic Surgeon
Find a board-certified cosmetic surgeon at gwinnettmedicalcenter.org, or by calling 678-312-5000. Now through April 30, we’re offering a Winter Special on cosmetic surgery. 

Learn more and download a coupon at gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/cosmeticsurgery.