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Cosmetic Surgery

Got questions? We’ve got answers. The Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists team is here to help you get the most out of your treatment experience from Day 1. That includes helping answer any questions you may have about a particular treatment type, expected results, recovery, etc. We welcome you to contact our offices with any questions you may have. You can also review some of our most frequently asked questions below.

You should be evaluated by your surgeon to determine the source of your pain.

You should try to achieve your ideal weight prior to your tummy tuck to obtain the best result from the procedure. If you do not, you may need additional skin excision with the further weight loss.

I would recommend drainage of the affected side. This will hopefully restore form and symmetry.

I prefer to use the patient’s own tissues vs silicone. Sometimes you can use the cartilage present in the nose if it is workable and reposition it. Other times ear or rib cartilage may be used. I prefer these over silicone any day.

Usually you do not over-augment the nose with the expectation of resorption. Autologous rib grafting like you had usually has very low resorption. Your nose is probably still very swollen at ten days post op and may take longer than with a non-augmented rhinoplasty to settle down. Discuss this with your surgeon.

The symptoms you describe are normal with both the tightness and unusual sensations. These should disappear over time and may last up to a year.

A wound Vac is a device that creates negative low atmospheric pressure at a constant rate. It is used on open wounds to remove fluid secretion and enhance granulation tissue and wound healing. It decreases the length of time for wound healing in open wounds and decreases the need for dressing changes.

Usually it takes about a month for the internal nasal swelling to improve. Saline nasal spray may also help if crusting is contributing to the blockage. Have your surgeon evaluate your nose internally if your symptoms are not improving after 4-6 weeks.

Either a chin implant or an advancement genioplasty will work. I personally like the genioplasty due to its versatility and no foreign body other than the titanium plate. It also allows correction of vertical dimension problems and asymmetry. All incisions with the genioplasty are intraoral.


When it comes to cosmetic surgery, it is natural to have questions about procedures, recovery, and even cost. The doctors and staff at Atlanta Plastic & Recovery Specialists are available to answer your questions and address your concerns. Below, you will find answers to some frequently asked questions about cosmetic surgery and other aesthetic treatments.

What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?

Cosmetic surgery involves the reshaping of normal bodily structures to improve their appearance. Reconstructive surgery addresses abnormal structures in the body caused by things such as developmental abnormalities, injury or trauma, or disease. Reconstructive surgery is used to improve function as well as the appearance of the structure.

What can I expect during recovery from plastic surgery?

Every patient is different and has a different tolerance for discomfort. One of our skilled surgeons will prescribe medications to you to help manage any pain and discomfort. Recovery also depends on the treatment area: facial procedures are often associated with less discomfort, while procedures that address muscle tightening may cause more discomfort.

Is there anything that can be done to minimize swelling and bruising?

The team at Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists will provide you with specific post-operative instructions to help you minimize pain, swelling, and discomfort. Depending on the procedure, you may be required to wear a compression garment, such as a special bra, following a breast reduction. Following your doctor’s orders and attending your follow-up visits is the best way to have a successful recovery.

How is Restylane® different from Botox®?

Restylane® and Botox® treatments are effective at smoothing out stubborn lines and wrinkles in the face. While Restylane® is great for use on the lower portion of the face, Botox® is ideal for wrinkles and lines that tend to show up on the upper part of the face, such as crow’s feet.

How do I know what size breast implant is right for me?

The type of breast implant to be used during your augmentation is based on several factors, including your cosmetic goals and expectations. Implants can be placed in a way to increase cleavage, address breast asymmetry, or create a more proportional frame. During your consultation at Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists, your surgeon will craft a treatment plan for you based on your needs and their recommendations.

Can I have a breast lift without implants?

Yes, a breast lift can be performed as a standalone procedure without the use of implants. A breast lift, also called mastopexy, lifts the breasts, eliminates excess skin, and tightens the surrounding tissues to create a perkier and more attractive contour of the breasts.

Does a person’s voice change after rhinoplasty (nose surgery)?

Although the nose plays a part in how the voice sounds, it is uncommon for rhinoplasty to result in a change in voice.

How soon after giving birth can I have a mommy makeover?

You will need to wait at least six months after giving birth before having a mommy makeover. Postponing the surgery until after this time allows the abdominal tissue to fully heal, which can provide better outcomes following invasive plastic surgery.