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Am I a good candidate for cosmetic surgery?

In general, nonsmokers who are in good overall health and are currently at a healthy body weight are good candidates for cosmetic surgery.Those who suffer from serious health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, a bleeding disorder, heart disease or depression should not consider cosmetic surgery.

It’s also very important for prospective patients to have realistic expectations for their surgery results. Honesty about your medical history, plastic surgery goals and any concerns you have is crucial so we can make an informed and realistic assessment about what procedures may be best for you.

What is the best age to have plastic surgery?

There’s no “right age” for plastic surgery. Treatments such as breast augmentation , liposuction, nose jobs and dermabrasion tend to be more common for younger patients, while older patients may be more likely to seek procedures such as an eyelid lift, brow lift, facelift or neck lift.

We schedule pre-surgical consultations with every patient to discuss your desired results and evaluate your goals on a case-by-case basis. During the consultation, we will also discuss individual factors, such as your unique body type, bone structure, size, age and overall health.

How is a patient's physical condition evaluated prior to plastic surgery?

A complete pretesting series of appointments is done prior to any surgery.

What does it mean for a surgeon to be board-certified?

Earning board certification is one of many ways a surgeon can prove his or her skills and knowledge. Each certifying board has different requirements and measures a physician’s education and experience in their chosen fields.

Legally, any medical doctor is permitted to do any surgery. For example, there is no law that says an ear, nose and throat doctor can’t perform a facelift. Board certification provides assurance that a doctor has undergone formal training in the fundamentals of cosmetic surgery. A plastic surgeon cannot earn board certification without completing at least four years of residency training in cosmetic surgery procedures.

What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve appearance and self-esteem. Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance because it is elective.

Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. In general, reconstructive surgery is performed to improve function, but may also be completed to approximate a normal appearance.

Reconstructive surgery is typically covered by most health insurance policies, although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly.

What is the recovery from cosmetic surgery like?

Each patient tolerates pain after surgery in different ways. Your surgeon will prescribe the appropriate pain medications to help minimize any discomfort. In general, most facial cosmetic operations have minimal discomfort post-operatively. Liposuction is slightly more uncomfortable, and operations that require elevation or tightening of the muscles-such as an abdominoplasty or breast augmentation can cause discomfort equal to a C-section.

Where will my procedure be performed?

Most elective surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, but if emergency hospitalization becomes necessary, you want to be sure that you can be admitted quickly for appropriate care.

How do I prepare for surgery?

Preparing both mentally and physically for cosmetic surgery procedures such as a breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, face lift or brow lift, though fairly straightforward, is necessary for a successful surgical outcome.

The process begins with a consultation, during which our staff will have a  meeting with you to thoroughly discuss every aspect of the procedure, the recovery time and your ideal results. During this time, you should ask to see before-and-after photos of patients with similar facial and/or body features to yours who have had the same procedure you’re planning to have, so you have a clearer idea of what results you can expect.

We will also review your health history and give you additional instructions for pre- and post-surgery. Please come prepared with a list of cosmetic surgery questions – when you’re planning to make such a big change to your appearance, there’s no such thing as being too inquiring.

Is plastic surgery considered an outpatient procedure, or should I prepare for a hospital stay?

Most plastic surgery procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, with some exceptions. Cases where we may suggest a patient stay overnight include the following:

    If you live alone – after surgery, you may need someone to help you with basic daily tasks.
    If you have elected to combine multiple procedures and it’s necessary for us to monitor your overall condition and pain.
    On the rare occasion complications arise during the surgery

What should you know about the safety of outpatient surgery?

It’s important to learn about the safety of a plastic surgery procedure, as well as the expected outcome. Although thousands of people have plastic surgery every year without complications, no surgical procedure is risk-free.

To maximize your safety, ensure the following:

  • Your physician is certified by the medical board. To verify a surgeon’s certification status.
  • Your physician has hospital privileges. Some surgical procedures can solely be performed in an ambulatory surgical facility. However, it is important to find out if the physician has operating privileges. Regardless of where the surgery is performed, the surgeon should have privileges to perform the procedure in an acute care hospital.
  • The surgical facility conforms to strict safety standards and is accredited.
  • The surgical facility uses skilled, licensed personnel to administer and monitor your anesthesia and your recovery immediately following the procedure.

What should I do to achieve the best results from my surgery?

There are several steps you can take to get the best possible surgical results, including the following:

    Stop taking any over-the-counter supplements, such as vitamins, minerals and herbal products, seven days prior to surgery.
    If you smoke, quit smoking at least six weeks before your surgery to avoid healing problems and serious medical complications during your recovery.
    Tell us if you are taking aspirin or drugs with anticoagulation properties, as they can cause unnecessary bleeding during surgery. We may ask you to discontinue them before surgery to minimize the risk of unnecessary bleeding.
    You want to be in the best of health before coming in for surgery. For this reason, if you come down with a cold or fever, or experience an infection or injury, contact our office immediately to reschedule your procedure and minimize the risk of surgical complications.

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

The decision is based on a number of factors, including the patient’s desires, reasons for the surgery and overall health.

For example, are you doing it because you feel your breasts are too small relative to your body contour or are you unhappy with the size and firmness of your breasts following pregnancy, breastfeeding or major weight loss? Unevenness between the breasts can also be a motivating factor. Your surgeon can help you make the right decision during your pre-surgical appointment(s).

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

A few patients notice small change in their voice after rhinoplasty but this is uncommon. Professionals who rely on their voice, such as singers, should share any concerns with their surgeon, however, because the nose does play a role in how we sound.

What type of mini face lift can be done to raise cheekbones? What is the recovery time?

The available options can only be discussed after having an evaluation with a plastic surgeon. In general, recovery time from a mini face lift is approximately two weeks.

What are the benefits of abdominoplasty?

The benefits are both functional and aesthetic. Following abdominoplasty, patients may experience a different quality of life, without locomotive problems or pains due to excess weight. Aesthetically, the change is obvious and patients have greater confidence, as they may dress the way they always wished, but never could. Considering the multiple benefits, it is certain that abdominoplasty is worth it, provided the problems mentioned above are evident.

Is there anything to do to minimize swelling or bruising?

Yes. Depending upon what the procedure, it might make sense to sleep in a reclining (not horizontal) position for one week following surgery to minimize the collection of fluids in the face and eyelids.

Follow the instructions you will be given about making and administering your cold and warm compresses. These will not only reduce bruising and swelling, but they will also maximize and promote healing.

What does Acid hyaluronic do? How is it different from Botox?

Acid hyaluronic is very effective in smoothing out and filling in bothersome wrinkles and lines, particularly in the lower part of the face. It has several advantages over other filler-type materials such as collagen; it lasts longer and causes very little adverse reaction. It is easy to administer (injected through a small needle), and once its effectiveness has diminished six months to a year later, the body safely absorbs it.

Acid hyaluronic and Botox (botulinum toxin) often are used in a complementary fashion. While acid hyaluronic is best for the lower face, Botox is great for wrinkles that occur in the upper face – crow’s feet or the vertical frown lines between the eyebrows – because it paralyzes muscle and nerve endings, stopping the skin from wrinkling.

If I have Botox or Acid hyaluronic, how often would I need to repeat the injections?

Botox lasts about three to four years, and the treatment can be repeated as needed. When it wears off, you will begin to notice increased muscle action and some reformation of the wrinkles. It appears that with repeated use, the effect of Botox becomes longer lasting.

Acid hyaluronic injections last for about six months, and can also be repeated as needed.

What are the possible risks?

There are risks associated with any surgical procedures.

Are financing options available?

As a rule, cosmetic plastic surgery is considered “elective surgery” and is not covered by most insurance plans.

I’m not ready to commit to surgery. Are there less invasive options to improve my appearance?

Yes!  There are several injectable dermal fillers on the market that can plump lips and cheeks, smooth out wrinkles and fine lines and restore a more youthful overall appearance. While the results from these products aren’t permanent, they are long-lasting, and unlike surgery, they require no recovery time. The injections are done in the comfort of our office and usually take less than an hour to perform.

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When can i resume regular exercise?

The time a patient resumes regular exercises varies based on the operation performed. All patients are encouraged to start a slow walking routine on the second postoperative day. Regular aerobic and more vigorous activities are not allowed during the first two weeks in order to decrease the risks of bleeding, swelling, and bruising. Weight lifting and contact sports are allowed at one month in most cases.

How long is the recuperative period and when can I return to work?

The length of time it takes to recuperate after plastic surgery varies depending on the procedure performed and the person operated on. Most patients will require assistance for the first two days. Then most patients are able to care for themselves, but may still need assistance if they have small children to care for.

Will I need to take time off of work?

Time off work is individualized to the type of surgical procedure and the work being performed. The recovery process will be discussed in detail at your consultation

Why choose Tunisia ?

Because the country has advanced significantly in the field of plastic surgery.

Because it is first-rate tourist destination, with many historical sites, offering many choices to visitors. In addition, the country’s culture stems from ancient civilizations.

How safe is the information that I enter on the website?

The website has a SSL system that ensures confidentiality of personal details.

What language do they speak at the hospital?

English,  French , Arabic , Spanish and Italian . However, there is always a bilingual representative present to assist you.

Will I able to talk to my doctor before the procedure?

For anyone seeking plastic surgery at a lower cost than that charged at their country of residence, while also having the opportunity to visit another country and experience its culture.

Lissomely offers economical plastic surgeries, which are safe for its patients, and at the same time, unique historical destinations. Its aspiration, of course, is for medical tourists to choose it for its credibility, the security it offers and the excellent aesthetic results.

What happens if something goes wrong?

Lissomely fully covers the subsequent accommodation and hospitalization costs, as well as any doctor fees, in case of a medical complication. Our experience shows that complications are a rare occurrence among the medical teams working with us. However, wishing to fully safeguard our patients from any extra hidden costs, this possibility is also covered to provide added security to patients.

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