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Louisville Plastic Surgery - Getting Started at Imaage®
Where to Begin
A consultation with Dr. Haas is the first step to learn how plastic surgery can enhance your appearance and improve your body image. The consultation is designed to fully educate you about your cosmetic surgery in a non-pressured environment and will include:
- A discussion of your goals and an evaluation of your individual case
- The options available in plastic surgery
- The likely outcomes of your cosmetic procedure and any risk or potential complications
- The course of treatment recommended
- Dr. Haas and our experienced staff will answer your questions.
Overall health and personal outlook can greatly impact the outcome of your cosmetic
surgery. These will be carefully evaluated in consultation with Dr. Haas. The success of your cosmetic procedure, safety, and overall satisfaction require that you:
- Honestly share your expectations
- Fully disclose health history, current medications, the use of vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
- Understand what results can be expected from the cosmetic procedure you decide to pursue
- Commit to your precisely following all of Dr. Haas's instructions
By making the decision to consult with a plastic surgeon and following all the instructions given, you are taking an important step in helping to assure your safety.
Dr. Haas is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. This certification designates surgeons who are specifically trained in plastic surgery of the face and entire body.
Preparing for Surgery
Dr. Haas and our staff will carefully explain the cosmetic procedure you will undergo. Prior to surgery, you will be given specific instructions that may include:
In addition, you will be asked to sign consent forms to assure us that you fully understand the procedure and any potential risks or complications. Risk will be fully disclosed prior to your consent. All surgery carries risk associated with anesthesia. These and additional risk will be discussed prior to your consent. It is important to have all your questions answered, and it is natural to feel some anxiety about surgery. Please discuss these feelings with Dr. Haas or one of our staff members.
- Pre-surgical considerations, diagnostic testing and medications
- Day of surgery instructions and medications
- Specific information related to the use of anesthesia
- Postoperative care and follow-up
What to Expect
Your cosmetic procedure may be performed in our Jont Commission-accredited; office based surgical facility, an ambulatory surgical facility or a hospital. The decision for anesthesia will be based on the requirements of your specific cosmetic procedure and considerations of patient and surgeon preference. Dr. Haas and the assisting staff will fully attend to your comfort and safety.
Once your cosmetic procedure is completed, proper dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions. Before being released, you and an accompanying family member, friend, or caregiver will be given specific instructions that may include:
Progress and Healing
- How to care for the surgical site
- Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection
- Specific changes at the surgical site or in overall health
- When to follow-up with our office
Initial healing may include swelling, numbness and discomfort that can be controlled with medication. These are all common conditions. To assure a successful outcome, it is important that you follow all instructions carefully. A return to light, normal activity is possible as soon as you feel ready, usually within a few days of surgery.
Initial wound healing may take five to ten days, at which time any sutures or clips will be removed, if necessary. You will be ready to return to work and normal activity at this time. Healing will continue to for several weeks as swelling continues to dissipate and incision lines refine and fade. Continue to follow Dr. Haas' instructions and attend follow-up visits as schedule.
Results and Outlook
It may take several months for swelling to completely dissipate. A year is considered appropriate for incision lines to fully refine. Life-long sun protection and a healthy lifestyle will help to extend the results of your procedure. Now you can enjoy the fulfillment you feel from your procedure for many years.