Frequently Asked Question


What is plastic surgery?

Plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery are medical specialties dedicated to enhancing the face and body. For those who wish to improve their appearance, cosmetic surgical procedures offer patients the opportunity to reshape their physical features and improve their self-esteem.

How painful is a tummy tuck?

Each patient's response to postoperative pain varies. There are a variety of medications that can be prescribed along with non-medication strategies to minimize discomfort. Keep in mind that many patients return for additional procedures.

How long do plastic surgery results last?

There is no precise answer to this question. Surgery does not affect the ongoing aging process, which largely depends on genetics and lifestyle. However, cosmetic plastic surgery can turn back the clock on aging. Unfortunately, aging is inevitable, but patients can continue to have a more youthful look and shape with cosmetic surgery.

What kind of anesthesia is used for plastic surgery?

Dr. Weinberg 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 determined by the patient's and surgeon's preference.

Will I be able to breastfeed after breast enlargement surgery?

Yes. Breast augmentation should not affect your ability to breastfeed.

Are there risks involved in breast augmentation surgery?

Every surgical procedure entails some risk. Those associated with this type of surgery are infection, changes in the sensitivity of the breast and scar contracture. However, these and other complications rarely occur and can usually be avoided. Thousands of men and women undergo breast augmentation and breast reduction surgery successfully each year and are very satisfied with their outcomes.

What type of implants do you use for breast augmentation?

Dr. Weinberg will discuss which implant type would best give you the results you are seeking. Saline implants (filled with sterile saline solution) and silicone implants are used for breast augmentation surgery. These implants are available in a variety of shapes and styles.

Is there surgery for sagging breasts?

A "nipple lift" can be performed if the sagging is not severe. Excess skin is removed around the outside of the areola (the pigmented skin around the nipple). The resulting scar is confined to the area where the pigmented skin meets the normal skin at the edge of the areola.
In cases of more severe sagging, a procedure similar to breast reduction may be performed by removing skin only - not breast tissue - resulting in a more youthful shape. Breast lifting is an excellent alternative to breast implants for many patients.

I don't like parts of my nose. What are my options?

If you like your profile, but the end of your nose is too wide, prominent, projects too much or droops, surgery can correct that. Rhinoplasty (nose job) is also an excellent solution for the nasal tip that droops with age.

Am I ready for a facelift or other procedure? What age is best?

Skin and facial tissue 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 overweight. With facial rejuvenation, you appear rested, healthy and more youthful. The idea is to look better, not different.
Often a mini-facelift can be performed instead of a full facelift. The mini-lift is limited to the lower portion of the face, correcting jowl and neck problems, while the traditional facelift includes the upper part of the face. To achieve a full effect, patients can also choose to combine a facelift with other procedures, such as eyelid surgery or skin resurfacing.
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 cost involved. Another factor to consider is the potential length of time to enjoy the benefits. For example, an individual having a facelift earlier in life can enjoy the rewards longer.

Will I look natural after plastic surgery?

Dr. Weinberg uses techniques that help provide a natural, non-surgical look. Every effort is made to improve your appearance with the most natural-looking results.

When can I go back to work or exercise after cosmetic surgery?

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. We discuss with you in detail the postoperative care plan and recovery instructions. Current surgical techniques allow patients to return to work relatively soon following surgery.
The scope and type of 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 the doctor.

What insurances cover cosmetic surgery?

Many plastic surgeries are performed to reduce pain, improve vision or as part of reconstruction after other medical treatments. Dr. Weinberg and his staff are familiar with the use of correct billing codes to ensure you get all the coverage to which you are entitled.

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