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

SectionWhat 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.

When can I resume normal activities?

It’s important to note that everyone heals at a different rate. In addition to your unique anatomy, the length of recovery will depend upon the type and number of procedures you receive. Generally speaking, patients often are able to return to regular daily activities in approximately one to two weeks. Strenuous activities, however, should be avoided for at least one month, unless Dr. Frayre states otherwise.

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

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

What are the possible risks?

There are risks associated with any surgical procedures. Find out what they are, how often they occur and how they will be handled if they do occur. If the doctor does not openly discuss the risks or admit that there are always risks, seek another opinion.

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.

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.

SectionIs plastic surgery safe?

As with all surgical procedures, some level of risk is possible. Our medical staff is highly trained and has many hours of surgical experience. We will do everything possible to minimize complications during your surgery.

Additionally, it’s essential to follow all your pre- and post-operative instructions exactly, and thoroughly discuss any and all medical conditions with us before your procedure. This is the best way to ensure a smooth surgery and recovery process.

Does it really matter where I have my surgical procedure?

Your safety during surgery depends on the quality of the operating facility. Just like surgeons, operating rooms can also earn accreditation. Accredited operating rooms include key life support systems just in case something goes wrong. We perform most of our cosmetic procedures at Be Hospital, a fully-accredited outpatient facility.

How do I prepare for surgery?

Preparing both mentally and physically for cosmetic surgery procedures such as a breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, Brazilian butt lift, mommy makeover, is necessary for a successful surgical outcome.


The process begins with a consultation, during which our staff will have 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.