- Why is it called "plastic surgery?"
- What can I expect at my initial consultation?
- How do I know whether I'm a good candidate for plastic surgery?
- How can I know whether I'll be happy with the results of my surgery?
- Does plastic surgery hurt?
- What kind of anesthesia will be used?
- Will I still look like myself when it's done?
Here are a few common questions about plastic surgery, answered by Austin, TX plastic surgery specialist Dr. Rocco Piazza, to help you make a better decision. We want you to be as confident as we are in the safety and benefits of choosing Plastic Surgery Associates for your cosmetic or reconstructive surgery.
For more information about plastic surgery, contact our office or request a consultation online.
Why is it called "plastic surgery?"
The word "plastic" comes from the Greek word plastikos, which means "shape" or "form." The phrase "plastic surgery" simply indicates that our medical specialty involves the shape and form of the human body.
What can I expect at my initial consultation?
In your private consultation, you will meet with Dr. Piazza so you can explain your situation and ask a variety of questions. Dr. Piazza and his nurse will review your medical history and ask you questions in order to understand your condition, goals and concerns. The doctor will also provide reading material about the procedure(s) you're considering.
How do I know whether I'm a good candidate for plastic surgery?
Plastic surgery can greatly enhance your appearance and your self-confidence. If you're physically and emotionally healthy and have realistic expectations, you should be a good candidate. We are happy to help you with a holistic approach to optimize your post-surgical results.
Meet Dr. Piazza
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rocco C. Piazza looks forward to meeting with you to help you discover how you can achieve your cosmetic goals and desires.
How can I know whether I'll be happy with the results of my surgery?
There are many factors that affect the outcome of plastic surgery. These include your age, physical health, skin type, skin condition, medical history and the nature of your condition. There is no way to predict the exact results of your surgery, but your surgeon will be able to outline reasonable expectations.
Does plastic surgery hurt?
Because it is surgery, you will likely feel some soreness or discomfort during the healing process. You may also feel tired in the first few days after your surgery. The extent of discomfort you feel will depend on the nature of your procedure. Some procedures may result in minimal discomfort, while more extensive procedures will have a longer, less comfortable recovery period. During your consultation, your doctor will discuss what to expect regarding the use of pain management medications.
What kind of anesthesia will be used?
Dr. Piazza uses three types of anesthesia, depending on the procedure:
- Local – numbs the immediate area; used for minor procedures
- Local plus sedation – numbs the immediate area and relaxes your mind and body
- General anesthesia – allows you to sleep through the surgery
And some of our treatments don't require any anesthesia at all.
Will I still look like myself when it's done?
Our job isn't to make you a different person. It's to help reveal your best. The idea is that when you look in the mirror, you'll still see your own particular beauty – it will just be enhanced. When you come see us, you'll find we take time to learn who you are and how you feel about your appearance, so we can help you achieve your goals.
We are happy to help you with a holistic approach to optimize your post-surgical results.