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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. 

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 in the surgeons specified facility, but if emergency hospitalization becomes necessary, you want to be sure that you can be admitted quickly for appropriate care. 

What is a faja? 

A Faja is a snug fitting garment that has several uses. The most common and well known use for fajas is as a post surgery garment. In that case, the Faja acts as a compression garment, helping to control bruising and swelling, while at the same time helping to shape and mold your body.

How long do I have to wear my faja for?

After drains have been removed and your body is better healed, you will be asked to transition to a second-stage garment (sometimes called a “faja”) six months to a year.

When can I take my foams/boards out? 

Lipo foam can be worn anywhere from 3 days to 4 weeks. It just depends on how long the liposuction recovery process is. Your surgeon will advise you on the proper postoperative care for your procedure, including how long to wear your lipo foams.

How soon can I get cavitation after surgery? 

To allow the lymphatic system to properly heal after surgery we recommend you wait up to six weeks.

What is the difference between cavitation and ultrasound? 

Ultrasound uses heat and energy to increase circulation, decrease pain, increase flexibility, and speed healing. It also uses a different frequency of sound versus it's cousin, cavitation. Cavitation uses a higher frequency to target adipose (fat) tissues and liquify them so that the body can metabolism the tissues and flush it out in your lymph system. 

How does radiofrequency work? 

Radio frequency also known as radiofrequency skin tightening, is a non surgical method of tightening your skin. This procedure involves using energy waves to heat the deep layers of your skin which stimulates the production of collagen.

How many sessions do I need to see results? 

Everyone's results are different because so are the goals AND bodies! Most can see/feel results after one session. 

How soon can I start my massages and how often should I book them? 

It is recommended to start your post op lymphatic drainage massage day 1 of post op. The first 5 days of post op are the most crucial and the post op lymphatic massages should be scheduled back to back for those first 5 days. After the 5 days, they can be scheduled out once or twice a week. 

Do I have to come into the office for all of my massages?

No, we also offer house call appointments. Which is perfect for those who want to experience these at the comfort of your home. 

When can I sit after a BBL?

It is recommended to wait 6 weeks before sitting down after a Brazilian butt lift.

When can I take a bath?

It is important to follow your surgeons instructions on taking care of your incisions. For about 4-6 weeks you should avoid baths, hot tubs, pools etc. 

Is it normal for my incisions to be "open"? 

It is normal for incisions to be open after a surgery, however if your incision looks abnormal or you are having certain concerns please contact your surgeons office. Sometimes they can even re-open, which you will need to discuss with your surgeon on what's the best way to handle that should such an event occur. 

When can I start wood therapy after surgery? 

Allow 6-8 weeks after surgery to have wood therapy done. Even with that, we recommend starting off with a focus area, versus full body work to ensure you can handle the treatment as it is a bit more aggressive than our other modalities. 

When can I start SculptICE after surgery? 

Allow 4-6 weeks after surgery to have SculptICE done.

Do the post op massages hurt? 

A post of lymphatic massage should NOT hurt. If done correctly it should be soothing and relive pain, it should not be painful. Some clients state that it "aches" in a relieving way however. 

How should I dress for a massage? 

Dress into light clothing that can be easily removed and can easily be put back on. 

Do you guys have payment plans? 

Yes, we do. We offer Cherry which is an application that does a soft credit pull that you can download via your phone app. 

Do you take Flex/HSA insurances? 

Yes, we take Flex and HSA cards/insurances. Some FLEX spending accounts may require a body treatment plan so check with yours to insure they don't!

When do I know if I have fibrosis? 

Fibrosis is common after a cosmetic surgery, most people notice it after the surgery or during the post op stage. You may feel AND see some lumps on the scar tissue, you will then notice they get hard and thick (Tender.) and may experience pain in that area. It's very visible rather you are laying or standing.

Do you do anything to help with the visibility of scars/stretch? 

Absolutely! We offer cavitation and radio frequency that can help with scar tissues, cellulite and even help with skin tightening which will help reduce the visibility of scars/stretch marks. We also offer mirconeedling to assist with stretch marks, body peels, and intimate lightening. 

How does wood therapy burn fat and does it hurt?

It breaks down fat and cellulite tissues so that it can be eliminated naturally with other toxins through the lymphatic system. It also increases the speed of your metabolism therefore it helps one loose weight with the proper diet. It is more on the aggressive side so it can hurt, everybody is different. For some it may hurt more than others. 

Why does someone else's results look better than mine? 

In short, DON'T FOCUS ON OTHERS! Some people have a different foundation to begin with or system of self-care. You might not have found yours yet, and we are here to help you get into a routine that will give you the results you are looking for and confidence you deserve in YOUR body! 

When will I fully be recovered?

It can take up to 1 year to fully recover from a cosmetic surgery and even there some may take longer. Keep in mind though every body is different, some may recover quick than others. With the proper diet and exercise/water in take, it can help speed up your recovery. 

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