Here is your chance to have a look at some of the many questions our surgeons have been asked recently. Although this does not replace a consultation with your own surgeon, it may help to answer a few of your concerns.
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Does an FRCS(Plas) Surgeon have specialist training to perform a Rhinoplasty over an ENT Surgeon?
Venkat Ramakrishnan answers: With regards to ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) training and Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), I am of the opinion that there are both excellent Plastic Surgeons and ENT Rhinoplasty Surgeons around. This entirely depends on the individual, who has chosen to develop Rhinoplasty as an area of their super specialisation.
What does "super specialisation" mean?
Venkat Ramakrishnan comments: Today the advances in surgery are staggering. 100 years ago there were great surgeons who performed neuro surgery, bowel surgery and hand surgery – all procedures performed by one person.
In those days, there were not many surgery textbooks, maybe one or two books with chapters on specialties (particular areas of surgery).
Today for example, in Plastic Surgery, there are hundreds of textbooks dedicated solely to breast reconstructive surgery. This shows a huge increase in techniques in each particular area of surgery. There is no way one person could be proficient in all these areas and keep him/herself updated, hence the need for “super specialisation.” This allows a surgeon to become more experienced in a particular area for better outcomes for the patient.
Any surgeon would choose a “super specialist” for his family – this family test proves the point.
The simple answer to this question is that it takes about 3 weeks before the bruising and most of the swelling has settled and before most patients feel confident to return to work/social activities. This ‘downtime’ is an important consideration and some people find that they cannot afford to be ‘out of action’ for this period of time. In these cases, the facelift procedure can be modified in order to reduce this downtime to about one week. However, generally speaking the quality of the results of surgery are usually closely related to the size of surgery, and the very best results often require a 3-4 week recovery period.
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This will depend on the dressings and sutures used during surgery, some of the dressings used should not be exposed to moisture; your nurse will be able to help you wash around the area with a damp cloth or sponge.
It is best to avoid flying for approximately one month after any surgery as it takes time for the body to restore its normal clotting. As there is not enough information regarding the risk of deep vein thrombosis after these operations, it is advisable for your safety to assume that the risk of clots forming in the deep veins is higher in the first 4 weeks after surgery.
When you do fly try to avoid longer flights and use compression stockings which can help, along with in-flight exercises and the intake of fluids. For the first two weeks following surgery you may also use aspirin before a flight to thin the blood and reduce the risk of clots.
Would it be all right to recuperate away from home?
If you are travelling to stay with a friend or relative to be nearer to the hospital following surgery, this is a point that you should discuss with your surgeon. Depending on your procedure, if he/she feels you will have a straightforward and swift recovery, this should not be an issue and may be advisable. You will need to consider if the place where you will be recuperating is suitable to deal with any possible complications for the initial few weeks following surgery.
Everyone recovers at a different speed so it will depend on how complex your procedure is; your surgeon will talk you through the general recovery period. It is generally advised to avoid exercise for the first 2 weeks after surgery. With breast surgery you should be advised to avoid most exercise for 3 weeks and in the case of swimming for 4 weeks. After six weeks, assuming all is well you should have gradually returned back to your normal activities. This does not mean, however, that by six weeks you will have achieved the final results of surgery, but normal exercise should not cause any problems.
Will I have to eat a special diet after my surgery?
Your surgeon will advise you that following facial cosmetic surgery such as chin augmentation and buccal fat reduction you should avoid eating foods that need chewing for the first week. You should be able to brush your teeth normally with a soft toothbrush and use mouth wash 2-4 times a day.
Tight fitting surgical garments are used to reduce bruising and remove excess water from the tissues. You will be informed before your surgery if you need to purchase a surgical garment as they are not always necessary, your surgeon will be able to recommend a company to purchase them from.
Liberate is a group of leading cosmetic surgeons throughout the country. Each surgeon is highly trained and qualified, so you can expect to see great results, very quickly. Contact us to find out more.