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A successful outcome in a facial plastic surgery procedure depends on three things:

  • Your general health and ability to heal
  • The expertise of your surgeon
  • Adherence to your surgeon’s pre-operative and post-operative instructions

Although you will receive specific instructions pertaining to your individual case after surgery, Dr. Kim offers the following general guidelines to post-operative care.

Recovery Room and Discharge

When your surgical procedure is complete, you will be escorted to the recovery room. After you meet discharge criteria, you will then be discharged in the care of a trusted family member or friend. The nursing staff will provide you with preprinted aftercare instructions that you should follow closely. Prior to the operation date, we will provide prescriptions for medications that can maximize your comfort during the early postoperative period. Dr. Kim advises that you fill them prior to your surgery date so you can concentrate solely on rest and recovery. If you live alone, it is strongly recommend that you have someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours after the procedure.

Out-of-Town Patients

If you are one of the many patients who live outside the Portland area, you must plan to stay in Portland for the night following surgery. Our staff is happy to assist you with transportation, hotel and/or private duty nurse arrangements. If you live out of state, you should plan on staying in Portland until your first post-operative visit (usually one week). You may also fly out one week after the operation.

Post-Operative Checkups

During your first post-operative visit, we will perform a comprehensive examination and a return follow-up visit will be scheduled at that time. Non-dissolvable sutures, splints or drains (if applicable) will be removed during this appointment.

The typical timeframe for subsequent post-operative visits is as follows (may vary):

  • One month
  • Two to three months
  • Six months
  • One year after surgery
  • As needed

It is important to keep these appointments, as they are vital to achieving the best possible results. Post-operative visits are not charged separately as they are included as part of the overall surgery cost.

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We are excited to announce that we will start seeing patients on a limited basis in our clinic starting Friday, May 1st for select procedures and visits. The vast majority of postoperative checks and new patient consultations will still be done through our telehealth platform in order to minimize any unnecessary exposure for patients and staff alike. A future in-person consultation will not require an additional consultation fee.

As part of our commitment to the highest safety standards, we have made the following modification to your patient experience for the foreseeable future. We greatly appreciate your compliance and understanding.

  1. Online check-in must be completed through our online portal 48-hours prior to the appointment.
  2. We are instituting a curbside waiting room. Please text us at 503-575-1910 upon arrival and wait in your parked car until you are notified via text message that we are ready to begin your appointment. Complimentary patient parking is located below our building.
  3. Patients are required to bring and wear masks for the duration of their appointment.
  4. Guests, children, or visitors other than the patient will not be permitted. In the case of patients who are minors, one accompanying parent or guardian is permissible.
  5. Restrooms will not be accessible during this time.
  6. We will obtain credit card information over the phone prior to the appointment. Payment will be processed after the treatment is completed. No payment will be handled onsite.
  7. Patients will enter our main entrance and exit out of our back exit. This one-way patient flow will allow us to comprehensively disinfect our clinic to be ready for the next patient.
  8. We will limit our injectable treatments to upper face neuromodulators indefinitely (Botox, Dysport, Jeuveau).

We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility. We miss you and can’t wait to see you again.

Dr. Kim and Staff

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