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Plastic surgery is a personal decision, and you should learn as much as you can about before moving forward with a procedure. These answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

What is the difference between plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery?

In general, plastic or cosmetic surgery is performed to improve appearance. Since these procedures are elective, they’re not usually covered by health insurance. Reconstructive surgery is frequently performed to improve physical functioning or appearance that has been impacted by trauma, infection, cancer or genetics. Although reconstructive surgery is often covered by health insurance, ask your insurance provider about your individual policy.

What types of procedures does St. Luke’s offer?

We offer both surgical and non-surgical procedures to address specific needs related to the face, neck, breast, midsection, arms and legs. Procedures include but are not limited to:

  • Scar revision
  • Facelift
  • Neck lift
  • Eyelid and brow surgery
  • Facial reconstruction
  • Post-bariatric body contouring
  • Arm and thigh lift
  • Tummy tuck
  • Liposuction
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Augmentation and reduction
  • Dermal fillers
  • Botox®
How long does it take to recover after surgery?

The recovery period depends on the specific procedure, as well as individual factors such as medical history, support system and current health status. After undergoing a facelift, you may want to wait for one to two weeks before returning to work. After breast reconstruction, many patients resume their normal activities within a week or two.

What is skin resurfacing, and how long does it take to heal after this procedure?

Skin resurfacing solutions include laser resurfacing, chemical peels, dermabrasion and microdermabrasion. Although it is a non-surgical procedure, skin resurfacing can result in skin redness that can last up to four weeks.

What can I do to reduce age-related wrinkles and skin spots?

After your initial consultation, your health care professional will recommend the most effective treatment options for your skin type and personal goals. These can include light-based skin rejuvenation therapy, skin resurfacing, chemical peels, Botox® and fillers.

What is the difference between Botox® and fillers?

Botox® injections relax the muscle, which diminishes unwanted lines. Patients can expect to see changes in appearance between 3 and 7 days after treatment. Fillers are designed to replace lost volume in the face and hands, reducing the effects of aging. Many fillers offer immediate results and no downtime.

How often will I need to have Botox® injections?

Generally, results last 3 to 4 months. Treatment can usually be repeated as the effects wear off.

For more information, visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website:

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