Plastic Surgery in Charleston, SC
What Is Plastic Surgery?
Plastic surgery refers to a range of surgical treatments which alter the body’s appearance. Plastic surgery can have a vast, positive impact on the patient’s self-esteem, changing how they feel about their body. Patients with realistic expectations of the capabilities of plastic surgery procedures generally experience positive outcomes of their treatment.
Plastic comes from the word plastikos, meaning “to mold or shape.” Plastic surgeons are trained to reshape or mold the skin and supporting tissue. In reconstructive procedures, the goal is to replace or reform tissue lost or unusually shaped due to injury or disease. In cosmetic procedures, the goal is to create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
We offer the following plastic surgery procedures at Port City Plastic Surgery:
- Breast Enhancement
- Body Sculpting
- Facial Surgery
Benefits of Plastic Surgery
Plastic surgery is increasing in popularity because of its ability to positively impact the self-image and self-esteem of patients. Both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures strive to give patients a natural look that can help them live their lives more fully. Reconstructive procedures also seek to restore function.
Plastic surgery offers many benefits to the patient:
- Improving one’s physique and creating a youthful, desirable appearance
- Correcting issues resulting from accidents, trauma, and birth defects
- Reshaping and ridding the body of stubborn fat resistant to diet and exercise
Who Is The Ideal Candidate For Plastic Surgery?
Generally, ideal candidates for plastic surgery are those who have realistic expectations as to the procedure’s results. All plastic surgery procedures have differing targets and requirements, so the ideal candidate for one type of procedure may not be appropriate for another. During your initial consultation, the doctor will discuss if you meet the parameters of being a good candidate for plastic surgery.
What Do I Need To Do Before Plastic Surgery?
Below are general items you should address before plastic surgery. Depending on the procedure(s) you will undergo, there may be additional requirements, which will be discussed in your consultation.
- Refrain from smoking four weeks prior to the procedure. Smoking inhibits the body’s ability to heal post-op. E-cigarettes, nicotine patches, and nicotine gum should also not be used in the four weeks before your procedure. Also, refrain from being in closed spaces with smokers.
- Maintain your health. If you fall ill prior to your surgery, it may need to be postponed.
- Maintain an active routine. Participate in low-impact exercises or walking daily. Avoid trying new sports or strenuous activities which could cause injury.
- Maintain a balanced diet. Avoid excessive alcohol use and overindulging. Do not begin a diet to lose weight prior to your surgery. If you wish to start new supplements prior to plastic surgery first consult our staff.
What Should I Expect On The Day Of My Plastic Surgery?
On the day of the procedure, you will need to bring along someone who can drive you home from the procedure, as you’ll likely be under IV sedation. You will be told beforehand when to cease eating or drinking prior to your scheduled surgery time.
How Long Does It Take To Perform Plastic Surgery?
Each plastic surgery requires a differing period of time to complete. A minor procedure may take one hour to perform, while others require may require several hours to complete. You will be informed what to expect during your initial consultation.
What To Expect After Plastic Surgery?
Your recovery period following surgery will depend on the procedure(s) which are performed. Certain procedures allow for the patient to return to normal activities right away, while others may require days or weeks before a regular routine can be resumed. You may be prescribed medications to take following surgery or be fitted with supportive garments which must be worn for a certain period to aid healing.
Will I Have Scars After Getting Plastic Surgery?
Whenever incisions are made, scars do occur. As the goal of plastic surgery is to improve one’s appearance, our surgical team takes great care to ensure scarring does not detract from the aesthetic results achieved. Dr. Widenhouse is a skilled plastic surgeon; he uses techniques designed to minimize scarring and mask incisions whenever possible.
When Will I See The Results?
When you will be able to see the results of plastic surgery depends on the procedure you’ve undergone. Some procedures allow patients to see results immediately, while others may initially cause swelling which takes the time to go down. Prior to your plastic surgery, we’ll review the timeframe in which you can expect to see changes to your body.
What Are Possible Complications Of Plastic Surgery?
As with any medical procedure, plastic surgery does have potential complications. Each procedure differs, but the general possible complications of plastic surgery include:
- Nerve damage
- Bruising and hematoma
- Pulmonary embolism
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Organ damage
- Complications with IV sedation
- Dissatisfaction with results
- Blood loss
How Long Will The Results Of Plastic Surgery Last?
The longevity of plastic surgery results is different for each procedure. Some procedures produce lifelong results, while others require maintenance in several years, or repeat procedures in several months to maintain results.
How Much Does Plastic Surgery in Charleston?
The cost of plastic surgery treatment depends on the particular procedure(s) you’ll undergo as well as other factors. For your convenience, we accept payment via cash, check, and major credit cards. We also offer financing options to assist you in paying for your procedure.
Dr. Brian G. Widenhouse is passionately committed to reflecting your inner beauty. Using the latest and most advanced procedures for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, our team offers full body plastic surgery, emphasizing overall health and wellness to the residents of Charleston, Daniel Island, Mount Pleasant, Summerville and the surrounding communities in South Carolina. Contact Port City Plastic Surgery today!