Useful Information for Our Patients
At Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery, we are committed to doing all we can to help patients make educated decisions about undergoing a cosmetic procedure. The happiest patients are typically those who become the most educated about the surgery they wish to undergo. Dr. Burke Robinson practices an unwavering dedication to patient education and is ready to answer any and all questions patients may have. To schedule a private consultation with our double board-certified surgeon, please contact our practice today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Certification by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery means that the facial plastic surgeon:
- Has completed an approved residency after medical school in one of two surgical specialties focusing on facial plastic surgery (otolaryngology – head and neck surgery or plastic surgery)
- Is certified by two boards, having earned prior certification in one of those specialties through the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada, and ABFPRS certification
- Has successfully completed a two-day examination
- Has completed at least two-years of clinical experience, including operative reports of a minimum of 100 facial plastic surgery cases
Why People Choose to Have Cosmetic Surgery
We live in a competitive society where looking and feeling our best has a direct effect on how we interact in social and business settings.
More than ever, people are turning to cosmetic surgery to freshen their appearance or perfect a minor cosmetic flaw. Since 1998, over ten million cosmetic procedures have been performed in the US.
People from all walks of life are choosing to enhance their appearance for their own desire while others have cosmetic surgery to stay on the competitive edge in business and social settings.
Sarah’s daughter is getting married and she wants to look more youthful for the wedding. She decides to have a facelift and blepharoplasty to improve her looks and self image…
Christalle, forever unhappy with her nose decides to have cosmetic Rhinoplasty so she can feel better about the way she looks…
Greg is a successful business man in his early 50’s feels a little inhibited about his age as younger recruits are brought in. He decides to have a brow lift and eyelid surgery to freshen his look and improve his competitive edge…
Physical appearance, inherited and acquired, affects self-image and interactions with others. As long as we have mirrors, our reflections will influence self-esteem. Whether it is changes from aging or imperfections that interrupt facial symmetry and balance, more and more people are choosing to have cosmetic surgery.
In years past a pulled or operated appearance was the result of plastic surgery. Today, cosmetic procedures result in a natural look, rested, more youthful appearance. Advancements in medicine and technology have improved the techniques in plastic surgery today. More than ever before, cosmetic surgery has become safer with improved recovery time and patient satisfaction.
Thanks to modern medicine, plastic surgery coupled with the fact that a baby boomer turns 50 every eight seconds has sparked a boom in plastic surgery. Interest in plastic surgery has doubled in the U.S. and Canada over the last ten years. Today’s generation has a new attitude, one that enjoys life through better nutrition, exercise and maintaining a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. It’s no wonder people turn to cosmetic procedures to improve their appearance. People today are socially active and remain in the work-place well into their sixties and sometimes seventies. Plastic surgery is safer than ever before and there is little discomfort and less downtime.
Our goal at Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery is to restore a healthy, natural, youthful appearance to help you regain the self-image and confidence you deserve. And our commitment to you is to bring you the absolute best from our supportive staff, to our advanced skin care services and procedures, to our expert physician who delivers amazing results, Dr. Burke Robinson.
How to Choose a Plastic Surgeon
Preparing for Surgery
By Jeanette Hames
More than ever before, people are turning to cosmetic surgery to freshen their appearance or correct a minor imperfection. The number of cosmetic procedures has more than doubled since 1998. This tremendous growth is expected to continue, but despite its popularity, cosmetic surgery is not for everyone.
The first step is deciding whether cosmetic surgery is for you. The decision to have cosmetic surgery is a very significant, personal and complex decision. Cosmetic surgery requires time away from work and play, financial cost, medical risk and even the possibility of disappointment for those with unrealistic expectations.
The second step is finding a qualified plastic surgeon and this in itself is a rather confusing undertaking. Unfortunately, many “non-plastic surgery trained” physicians have entered the arena of cosmetic surgery, intent to profit from the popularity of the “cash-up-front”, fee-for-service specialty. “How to Choose a Facial Plastic Surgeon” is a great resource in understanding board certification and plastic surgery specialties that are accredited by the American Medical Association.
Step 3 is the consultation with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. Have a checklist of questions to ask during the consultation. How long will the surgery take? Will there be a board-certified anesthesiologist? Are there overnight accommodations at the hospital? Are follow-up appointments included in the fee?
It’s always a good idea to have more than one consultation. Shopping around for the best price makes sense when you are purchasing a car. Such is not the case with plastic surgery. As a matter of fact, some of the best surgeons become very busy and often raise prices in response to greater demand. However, a higher fee does not necessarily always correlate with a better outcome.
You want a surgeon that is sensitive and attentive to your needs. Finding a qualified surgeon is paramount, but finding one that you feel at ease with and feel comfortable enough to share goals with is equally important.
Your surgeon will instruct you to discontinue certain medications and vitamins, aspirin products, diet medications, smoking, Vitamin E and all herbal medications. This gives your body two weeks to prepare for surgery. In addition, Dr. Robinson will ask you to discontinue any alcohol consumption at least 3 or 4 days prior to surgery as it can increase bruising and bleeding.
Planning for your surgery is similar to planning for a vacation. You’ll want to schedule time off from work and play and make appointments with your regular physicians for blood work and EKG (if deemed necessary by Dr. Robinson). Make a trip to the grocery store and pharmacy at least a week before your procedure. You’ll want to stock up on cold beverages, yogurt, soup, saltines, ice compresses and don’t forget to fill the prescriptions Dr. Robinson gave you at the pharmacy. Have your hair coiffed and get your manicure and pedicure just a few days before surgery.
To tell or not to tell is the question. If you are uncomfortable telling your friend and coworkers you are having cosmetic surgery, then you may want to tell them you are having reconstructive surgery or female surgery. You may want to have a new hairstyle and some new clothing to distract attention. People usually remark that you look more rested and often ask if you lost weight or had your hair done.
Plan for transportation the day of surgery and have a friend or family member stay with you during your first night at home. They can help with ice packs, medications and meals.
Review your post-operative instructions with your care-giver, family members and/or friends who will be assisting you during those first 24 to 72 hours. Leave these instructions, medications and supplies on your night stand or bathroom counter for convenience.
Expect to look worse before you look better. Nearly all cosmetic surgery procedures involve swelling and bruising which tends to increase the first two to three days. Keep your head elevated and apply ice packs to reduce swelling for the first few days. Dressings, sutures and surgical clamps are removed within the first week. It’s best to drink plenty of fluids, eat before taking medications, get plenty of rest and protect your investment from any physical strain.
Always discuss any remedies with your surgeon before taking them. You may get well-intended advice from friends regarding medications or tips to speed up your recovery. Some may have merit, some do not.
An excellent resource for helpful information is Recovery from Plastic Surgery (found directly below). You’ll find this to be very helpful in knowing what to expect after surgery, what things to avoid after surgery and what things to do after plastic surgery.
You’re going to love your new look and you’ll want to protect it! Remember to use good skincare treatments and products recommended by Dr. Robinson. It’s like buying extended warranty on your purchase. Best advice is to consume little alcohol, refrain from smoking and always use a Sun-block that protects against both UVA and UVB sunrays.
Recovery from Surgery
By Jeanette Hames
As you get nearer your procedure date you’ll want to review the “Preparing for Plastic Surgery” article and the instructions given to you at your preoperative visit with Dr. Robinson to ensure you’re prepared as well as revisit this article for some sound advice.
The first few days after surgery are the most difficult. You can expect to look worse before you look better. All surgery including cosmetic surgery involves bruising and swelling. Many people don’t realize this and become alarmed.
The swelling and bruising will peak by the third day. Try to relax and enjoy some quiet time as you get through these first few days. You’ll begin to see your results soon. Ice bags or frozen peas can be your best friend in these first 24 to 72 hours. Failure to apply cold compresses may result in prolonged and even increased swelling.
After having had facial plastic surgery, sleep on your back (not your side) and keep your head elevated, this will help to minimize swelling. You can’t imagine the difference elevating your head can make in the speed of your recovery. When you sleep on your side the fluids (swelling) will be drawn towards the lowest point which is on one side of your face. This can be quite disturbing.
Drink plenty of fluids and eat a little something before taking any medications prescribed by your surgeon. (Some medications can cause nausea on an empty stomach) It’s important to walk around a little bit, but no heavy lifting, stoop down (don’t bend over) and refrain from exercise until Dr. Robinson gives the okay.
Your post operative instructions will include when you can shower and wash your hair. Typically this is allowed within a day or two following surgery.
There’s really not much discomfort following most facial procedures, however your pre-operative prescriptions will include a pain medication to relieve any discomfort.
Do not drive until Dr. Robinson gives you the okay or while taking pain medications. Following most cosmetic procedures that involve the face and neck, you can typically resume driving once you stop taking pain medications.
You will be able to wear makeup after one week or after the removal of any sutures with the exception of skin resurfacing procedures. Best advice is to wait until there are no open wounds and use clean or new makeup, preferably a mineral makeup with antibacterial properties.