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Factors Affecting Results

In a facial plastic surgery procedure, your results will depend on the skill and artistry of your surgeon, as well as many other factors, including:

  • General health
  • Age
  • Bone structure
  • Skin texture and thickness
  • Capacity to heal

Risks Associated with Facial Plastic Surgery

No surgery should be taken lightly as there is always a slight but genuine risk involved. Risks can be defined as possible complications with surgery or results that do not meet patient expectations. Risks may include:

  • Reactions to anesthesia or medications
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Asymmetry
  • Numbness
  • Poor healing
  • Tissue discoloration
  • Damage to muscles or nerves
  • Unfavorable Scarring
  • Death

Medical Photographs

During your consultation with Dr. Kim, medical photographs will be taken for use in developing a surgical plan and will become an integral part of your medical record. We may specifically request your permission to use these photographs for educational or promotional purposes. It is your right to decline such permission and to rescind permission at a future date should you no longer want your images featured.

Anesthesia

We administer anesthesia to provide the utmost comfort during and after your procedure. The best and safest type of anesthesia for your surgical procedure will be selected from the following:

  • General anesthesia attended by a board-certified anesthesia provider
  • “Twilight” intravenous sedation
  • Local anesthesia

Finances and Insurance

During your initial consultation visit, we will discuss our fees and provide a written estimate of the charges for your procedure. For most cosmetic surgical procedures, the total fee is comprised of the practice fees, operating room fees, and anesthesia fees. The total fee will also include all preoperative and postoperative visits. Consultation fees are applicable to the total.

In order to secure a surgery date, we require a non-refundable deposit of 10% of the total cost of the operation with the remainder paid in full at least two weeks prior to the surgery date. For added flexibility, you may seek financing through reputable lenders such as CareCredit.

Generally, insurance companies will not pay for cosmetic surgery procedures, unless they are performed to improve function, relieve symptoms, repair damage from an injury, or correct a congenital deformity. Please check with your insurance company to find out what portion, if any, of your procedure is covered, and if your policy requires precertification or a second opinion.

Considerations for Surgery

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

I hope this update finds all of you safe and healthy. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are limiting appointments to those that are necessary only (lacerations or emergencies that do not require a visit to the ER, immediate post-operative patients, etc.). We are still answering calls and email inquiries, so feel free to reach out with any questions or urgent requests. We are also offering virtual consultations via FaceTime or Skype to get your process started until we can see you preoperatively. Although these are difficult decisions, we feel this is important for the good of our community, our patients and their families. If you are currently scheduled to come into the office in the next few weeks, our Patient Care Specialist will be in touch with you regarding the status of your appointment or surgery.

This is an incredibly fluid and evolving situation, but we will return to our normal operations when it is safe to do so. We really appreciate your patience. Just remember that we are all in this together and that we will get through this.

Dr. Kim

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