As you are doing your research to learn about cosmetic surgery procedures, it is normal to have questions. Which surgeon do I choose? Where should I go to have surgery done? How much does it cost? What will my recovery look like? With so much information readily available online, it can feel overwhelming to plan your surgery. We have provided information to help answer some of your questions.
A successful cosmetic surgery will enhance your confidence for years to come, and it is important to find the surgeon you can trust and feel comfortable with. Here are some of the things you can consider:
Below are some of the most frequently encountered questions. Remember that your surgeon is best able to answer your questions and provide more details upon evaluating your needs and particular situation.
What is the difference between Cosmetic and Reconstructive surgery?
Cosmetic surgery is an elective procedure performed to reshape a normal part of your face or body in order to enhance appearance and self-esteem. Reconstructive surgery is a procedure performed to reshape abnormal structures of the face or body caused by trauma, congenital or developmental defects, disease, or tumors. It can improve structure and function.
As a double board certified and fellowship trained surgeon, Dr. Ort performs both the Cosmetic and Reconstructive surgeries of the Face. Her specialties include Facelift, Rhinoplasty, Facial implants, Chin Surgery, Jaw surgery, Orthognathic surgery, and Aesthetic Craniomaxillofacial surgery.
Is outpatient cosmetic surgery safe?
Most cosmetic surgeries of the face are performed in an outpatient setting and can be performed safely by qualified providers in a properly equipped operating facility according to the State department’s accreditation standards. It is important to look for qualifications of the anesthesiologist or an anesthetist who will be providing general anesthesia.
How much does my surgery cost?
Surgery cost varies widely depending on its complexity, and it is difficult to give a quote over the phone as cosmetic surgery is not a one-size fits all. For example, a rhinoplasty can cost anywhere from 5000 to 7000 dollars depending on how much bone, cartilage, and skin reshaping is involved. A revision rhinoplasty costs even more. That is why an in-person consultation is required for us to provide a more accurate estimate for your surgery.
What are possible complications of surgery?
As with any type of surgery, there are potential risks, although serious complications are rare. Some possible complications associated with cosmetic surgery include, but are not limited to, prolonged or excessive bleeding, damage to underlying or adjacent structures, wound break down, poor wound healing, infection, scarring, adverse reaction to any implant or materials used, and anesthesia problems.
An impaired immune system, poor nutrition, connective tissue disorder, and smoking are some of the factors that could increase the risk of complications. It is important to discuss with your surgeon about all the possible outcomes and be well-informed about your options. Dr. Ort believes that an exceptional surgical outcome starts with transparent communication and discussion of practical solutions. That is why Dr. Ort spends a great deal of time listening to your goals and exploring your options as thoroughly as possible.
How can I decrease bruising and swelling?
If you are taking blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medications, you may bruise more easily after the surgery. Your surgeon may advise you to temporarily discontinue those medications although it depends on the patient's health conditions that might require them to be taking such blood thinners. This is all discussed during your preoperative visit, in consultation with your prescribing physician. Swelling is also affected by several factors including the length and complexity of your surgery, your salt intake, and lymphatic circulation. Steroid is often used during surgery to decrease swelling if you do not have contraindications to taking it.
After surgery things you could do at home to allow bruising and swelling to decrease more quickly would be to have proper wound care, drink plenty of water, take good nutrition and avoid foods that are heavy in salt and carbohydrates, and walk around frequently.
We accept checks and major credit cards. Our office works with a 3rd party financing program to help all our patients, and we would be happy to assist you with the application process, which is simple and usually determined the same day. We require a down payment to reserve the date and time for your surgery, and the rest of payment is due in full prior to surgery. For additional questions about the price estimates and financing options, please call 425.200.5890 or email at [email protected].
Dr. Ort is not currently contracted with any medical insurances, as most of the procedures performed in our facial aesthetic surgery practice are cosmetic in nature and are not covered by insurance. Corrective jaw surgery, also known as Orthognathic surgery, may be partially covered by medical insurance, and Dr. Ort will work with you in submitting a pre-authorization letter to help explain medical necessity for this treatment.
There may be various reasons why patients would want to travel out of town for their cosmetic surgery. Sometimes there isn’t a surgeon in town that they believe will give the results they desire. Other times, patients simply wish to get away from demands of home and be in an environment that can help them relax and recover more privately. Dr. Ort has treated many patients from out of state and out of the country -- Alaska, California, Florida, Colorado, Ohio, South Korea, China, Canada, and Mexico to name a few.
How long do I need to stay in town for facial plastic surgery with Dr. Ort?
The amount of time Dr. Ort asks a patient to stay in Bellevue or the surrounding Seattle area may vary depending on the surgery, the patient’s general health and recovery, and whether there is good medical care when they return home. Typically, procedures such as Facial Feminization and facial bone contouring may require you to be in town for two weeks or more. For a facelift and rhinoplasty surgery, a typical length of stay is 7 to 10 days. Less lengthy procedures such as blepharoplasty, submental liposuction, and lip lift require less than a week of stay.
Do I come in to see Dr. Ort before my surgery?
Yes. Once you arrive in town you will need to meet with Dr. Ort for an in-person examination and review of the surgical plans. The initial plans made during your Virtual consultation are tentative and may change.
What if I have a complication after I return home?
Although serious issues are rare, it is important to note that complications could occur, and it may be a reason to reconsider traveling. Complications such as late bleeding, infection, or skin necrosis may require frequent visits and a trip back to the operating room for additional surgery, at a significant cost. Dr. Ort provides close follow up for all her patients, and in such cases she may ask you to extend your stay. She will work closely with your local surgeons and physicians to help arrange further follow up care.
Can I come alone for my surgery?
Although it may be best to have a family member or a friend for having surgery out of town, sometimes patients prefer to come here alone to get surgery done. In those cases, we will help arrange a nearby hotel and a private overnight duty nurse. Dr. Ort wants to ensure that she has good communication with you throughout your stay to help you with your recovery and the best possible outcome.
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