John R Squires MD, FACS: Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
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Plastic Surgery FAQs Denver
Below is a list of some frequently asked questions, but please feel free to call our office at (303) 321-3210 if you need additional information. One of our patient coordinators will be happy to assist you.
Q: Is Dr. Squires a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon?
A: Yes. Dr. Squires has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, as well as the American Board of Surgery. When choosing a plastic surgeon, it is very important to make sure they are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. There are several other organizations and so called boards that do not require the extensive training that the American Board of Plastic Surgery board does
Q: What is plastic surgery?
A: Plastic surgery is a specialty dedicated to the enhancement of the face and body. For those who wish to improve their appearance, cosmetic, plastic surgery offer patients the opportunity to reshape physical features and improve their self-esteem.
Q: Why do they call it “plastic” surgery?
A: It comes from the Greek word plastikos, which means to remake and shape. It has nothing to do with the artificial material, plastic.
Q: What qualifications should I look for in a plastic surgeon?
A: The first, of course, is that your plastic surgeon should be board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Secondly, that the surgeon frequently performs the operation or operations that you are interested in. Thirdly, and of equal importance, is that you feel comfortable with the individual. He or she should be willing to answer all of your questions thoroughly and show you examples of his or her work. Remember that you are putting your only face, your only body, your only life, in the hands of this individual and you want to know that they are going to take good care of you.
Q: Are plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons the same?
A: No. Plastic surgeons are physicians who have trained first in the area of general surgery, and then done additional residency training specifically in plastic and reconstructive surgery. It usually takes anywhere from six to nine years after graduating from medical school to train to be a plastic surgeon. These surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and are members of The American Society of Plastic Surgery. You must look specifically for these credentials when seeking a reputable plastic surgeon. Those who specialize in cosmetic surgery will often be members of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The fact of the matter is that the vast majority of cosmetic surgery is done, and appropriately so, by plastic surgeons. The term “cosmetic surgeon”, however, was actually coined by physicians and groups of physicians who are not trained plastic surgeons, but have decided to do plastic surgery anyway. They frequently tout unrecognized credentials such as the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, which does in fact, not legally exist. We are frequently in the situation of buyer beware when physicians advertise themselves as cosmetic surgeons or even plastic surgeons and claim to be certified when they are in fact not trained in plastic surgery. Do your homework carefully.
Q: Can you ever be too old for cosmetic surgery?
A: There really is no age at which one is too old for any aesthetic procedure. The factors that are involved in patient selection by a reputable plastic surgeon have to do with the candidate being in good health – both physical and mental, having a problem that is correctable by cosmetic surgery, having reasonable expectations, and a willingness to devote the time required for healing.
Q: Is there anything special I need to do to prepare for cosmetic surgery?
A: There are a variety of steps that we recommend in preparing for surgery – physical, spiritual and emotional. From a physical perspective, beginning two weeks before, we recommend stopping aspirin containing medications and certain herbal supplements that can cause problems with bleeding and anesthesia. We recommend stopping smoking at least a month before and after surgery; and not getting a sunburn immediately before an aesthetic procedure. It is also very important to make preparations in advance for getting to and from the surgery center and arranging to have someone stay with you afterwards. From a spiritual perspective, we encourage you to value the power of positive thinking. And emotionally, one of the things that we discourage is asking friends and family if they would do the surgery, if they were you; if they think you need surgery; and so on. Unfortunately, you may be disappointed in their response and then not know what to do. This is your decision and your decision alone. That is as it should be.
Q: Is plastic surgery painful?
A: Patients tolerate postoperative pain in ways that are different from each other. Appropriate pain medications, which minimize discomfort, are prescribed for postoperative patients.
Q: How long will my results last?
A: There is no precise answer to this question. Surgery does not affect the ongoing aging process, which is largely dependent upon genetics. What cosmetic plastic surgery does is turn back the clock. Unfortunately, aging is inevitable. Although you will continue to age, you will always look better than if you had never had anything done.
Q: What kind of anesthesia is used?
A: Dr. Squires performs surgery under most types of anesthesia: local anesthesia, intravenous sedation (“twilight”), general anesthesia and regional anesthesia (nerve blocks). The method of anesthesia used is based on the patient and surgeon’s preference.
Q: Are you seeing more and more male clients, and what procedures are they coming to you for?
A: Yes, I think it is true of all plastic surgeons across the country. We are seeing more and more men in our practices. I think we all now realize that appearance counts, and in a competitive job market, as well as a competitive social market, you need to look as good as you possibly can. Part of that is eating right and exercising and taking care of one’s self, but the other part is considering aesthetic surgical procedures that can enhance one’s appearance. In terms of the most popular procedures for men, they include:
Q: What is a tummy tuck and what is it for?
A: A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, as it is more formally known, is an operation meant to rejuvenate the abdominal area by a combination of tightening the muscles that may well be stretched out (usually through pregnancy), and removing the loose excess skin of the abdomen as well. In the operation, an incision is made in the bikini line. The skin and fat of the abdomen is lifted, the belly button is left in place and then the muscles are tightened and the skin and fatty tissue are pulled tightly. The excess is removed, and the incision is closed usually with dissolvable sutures.
Q: What is Power Assisted Liposuction?
A: Power assisted liposuction uses a powered handpiece to facilitate and precisely control movement of the cannula under the skin, whereas the surgeon manually manipulates the cannula in more traditional liposuction procedures. The benefits include less tissue trauma, which promotes less pain, less bruising , quicker recovery and faster healing.
Q: What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
A: BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified byproduct of a medically grown bacteria. BOTOX® Cosmetic temporarily weakens any muscle in which it has contact. It is used to eliminate unwanted furrows between the eyebrows or on the forehead. BOTOX® Cosmetic also has been used on “crows feet” or on the vertical lines on your upper lip. BOTOX® Cosmetic is safely performed in the office and there is minimal down time.
Q: Can you do a full face laser or partial face laser at the same time you perform a facelift?
A: If the surgeon is using a laser that penetrates deeply enough to produce positive results, (i.e., skin smoothing and tightening), then doing it together with a facelift is dangerous and can result in full thickness skin injury and severe scars. In areas where the tissue has not been undermined (surgically lifted up), such as around the mouth, forehead, and eyelids, laser can be performed at the same time as facelift.
Q: How does the aging process affect my face?
A: Several things are occurring simultaneously. The skin stretches and loosens, which results in folds of loose skin. At the same time, fatty deposits and normal facial fat contours that give the face its natural areas of fullness and shape are lost. Even bony contours are altered and muscles become slack. In some areas, especially around the lips, mouth, and eyes, deep chiseled and grooved lines result from the breakdown of injection elastic fibers in the skin.
Q: Do plastic surgeons ever say “no” to performing a procedure?
A: The fact of the matter is that reputable plastic surgeons frequently say “no”. What we are simply saying to such a patient is that it is not possible to produce the absolute perfection they desire. The sad part is that if they try hard enough, they will probably find someone to operate on them. Shopping for somebody who will say “yes” is not the right way and can only lead to disaster.
Q: Will I look natural after my surgery?
A: The techniques used by Dr. Squires create a natural, non-surgical appearance. Every effort is made to improve your appearance in the most natural view.
Q: When can I go back to work?
A: The length of time for recuperation after plastic surgery varies depending on the procedure. Most patients will require assistance for the day or so and then will be able to care for themselves. 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.
Q: When can I begin to exercise?
A: Depending on the procedure performed determines when a patient may resume physical exercise. All patients are encouraged to start a slow walking routine and hold off on anything more strenuous until after consulting with Dr. Squires.
Q: Is there a right age for cosmetic surgery?
A: 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. Another factor to take in consideration is the potential length of time to enjoy the benefits. For example, if an individual has a facelift earlier in life, the rewards of this surgery can be enjoyed for a greater period of time.
Q: Will my insurance company pay for a cosmetic surgery procedure?
A: Most, if not all, insurances do not pay for cosmetic surgery. There are the occasional procedures, however, that are considered borderline of in some ways reconstructive. Examples of these are breast reduction surgery or nasal surgery when it follows an injury, or involves the ability to breathe through one’s nose. Other than that, if there is any component of “cosmetic”, insurance companies deny coverage.
Q: How can I pay for my cosmetic surgery?
A: At Squires Plastic Surgery, we offer several options for helping you to achieve your cosmetic surgery dreams. It is not just for the rich and famous! We offer options for financing through local lending institutions. Some patients choose to take advantage of special rebates and mileage they may receive on their VISA or MasterCard. We will be happy to help you choose the financing option that will suit you.
If you are interested in plastic surgery in the Denver, Colorado area, contact us or call 303-321-3210 to schedule a consultation.