Frequently Asked Questions

Plastic surgery is a specialty dedicated to the enhancement of the face and body. The word “plastic” originates from the Greek word plastikos that means to shape, sculpt or give form to. For those who wish to improve their appearance, cosmetic surgical procedures offer patients the opportunity to reshape physical features and improve their self-esteem.

Patients tolerate postoperative pain in ways that are different from each other. Appropriate pain medications, which minimize discomfort, are prescribed for postoperative patients.

There is no precise answer to this question. That being said, most procedures do have an estimated period of longevity. For instance, the results of liposuction, eyelid and neck rejuvenation last for greater periods of time compared to other procedures. Surgery, however, does not affect the ongoing aging process which is largely dependent upon genetics and factors such as photoexposure, that is exposure to the sun and environmental conditions. What cosmetic plastic surgery does is turn back the clock. Although aging is inevitable, cosmetic surgery enables you to look more youthful and in shape.

Dr. Sherwyn performs surgery under most types of anesthesia: local anesthesia, intravenous sedation ("twilight"), and general anesthesia, both paralytic and non-paralytic. All types, but local anesthesia, are administered under the supervision of a board-certified anesthesiologist. The method of anesthesia used is based on both patient and surgeon's preference together with discussions with our anesthesia staff. These discussions are held between all parties prior to procedure in order to enlist a patient’s participation in the process and diminish anxiety.

Skin and facial tissues that sag along with aging can give you an appearance of tiredness or anger even when you are feeling happy and energetic. Jowls and drooping skin around the neck cause you to appear heavy. With facial rejuvenation, you appear rested, healthy and more youthful. The idea is to look better, not different.

On occasion, a mini-lift can be performed instead of a full facelift. The mini-lift is limited to the lower portion of the face, correcting jowl formation, while the traditional facelift includes the face and neck as well. Caution is advised, however, as often a limited procedure risks generating a limited result. Some patients opt to combine a facelift with other procedures, such as eyelid surgery, or skin resurfacing to achieve a full effect.

The techniques used by Dr. Sherwyn help to provide a natural, non-surgical appearance. Every effort is made to improve your appearance leaving you with a natural and aesthetically pleasing look.

The length of time for recuperation after plastic surgery varies depending on the procedure. Most patients will require assistance for a day or so, and then will be able to care for themselves. Registered nurses are available for this purpose. We will discuss with you in detail your postoperative care and recovery instructions. The techniques offered today allow patients to return to work fairly soon following surgery.

Each specific procedure dictates when a patient may resume physical exercise. The healing process is a well described, well established phenomenon with its own timetable. At the proper time, all patients are encouraged to start a slow walking routine and hold off on anything more strenuous until so directed by Dr. Sherwyn.

There is no ideal age to have cosmetic surgery. The time to have an elective procedure is when the desired change will justify the time, effort and the cost involved. Consideration should also be given to the quality and elasticity of one’s tissues at earlier ages which lends itself to a better aesthetic result.

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