Ask Dr. Gawley
Plastic Surgery in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Chandler, Glendale and surrounding areas in Arizona
Below is a list of some frequently asked questions, but please feel free to call our office if you need additional information, (480) 696-6361. We are always pleased to assist you.
- What can nose surgery do for me?
- Does insurance cover the procedure?
- Can I wear glasses after nose surgery?
- What problems can a facelift correct?
- Can facelifts be combined with other procedures?
- I've heard that the best candidates for facelifts are in their 40s and 50s. Are older patients eligible?
- What are the advantages of blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)?
- Are breast implants permanent?
- Can I breast-feed after receiving an implant?
- On what areas of the body can liposuction be performed?
- What is the recovery like?
- Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)?
Rhinoplasty can reshape, reduce or augment the nose, remove a hump, narrow nostril width, change the angle between the nose and the mouth, or correct injury, birth defects, or other problems that affect breathing.
Insurance may cover rhinoplasty if it is done for reconstructive or medical reasons.
Contact lenses can be worn immediately but glasses will have to be taped to your forehead or propped on your cheeks for up to seven weeks.
A facelift can reduce signs of aging (wrinkles, lines, sagging skin, drooping brow) by removing excess fat, tightening the underlying muscles, and redraping the skin around the neck and face.
Facelifts can be done alone or in conjunction with a forehead lift, eyelid surgery, or nose reshaping.
Most facelift patients are in their 40s-60s, but facelifts can be done successfully on people in their 70s or 80s as well.
By removing excess fat, skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids, blepharoplasty can rejuvenate puffy, sagging or tired-looking eyes. It is typically a cosmetic procedure but can also improve vision by lifting droopy eyelids out of the patient's field of vision.
Breast implants are not considered lifetime devices. Removal, replacement and visits to the physician are commonly required.
Implants may affect your ability to produce milk for breast feeding.
Liposuction sculpting can remove undesirable fat from the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, chin, cheeks, neck and upper arms.
After surgery, drainage tubes, compression garments and antibiotics may be needed to facilitate the healing process. Patients are encouraged to walk as soon as they are able and many return to work within a few days, although strenuous activity should be avoided for about a month. Results are visible immediately, though improvement may continue as swelling subsides during the first three months. Scars are small and inconspicuous.
The best candidates are in good physical condition with pockets of fat or loose skin that haven't responded well to diet and exercise. Older, slightly obese people whose skin has lost some of its elasticity can be helped. Abdominoplasty can also be useful for women with stretched skin and muscles from pregnancy, although results from the procedure will diminish if they continue to bear children. For this reason, women who plan to have children again are advised to delay abdominoplasty. Patients who intend to lose a lot of weight are also encouraged to wait before undergoing the procedure, since skin in that area typically loosens after substantial weight loss.