Here we will answer some of the typical questions associated with cosmetic surgery. Feel free to contact us if we have not covered your enquiry via the contact page.
1. What is the difference between plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?
All of these terms are referring to the same thing: Surgery.
Plastic surgery is used to refer to all aspects of plastic surgery (i.e. both plastic and reconstructive).
surgery refers to something that you would do to improve your outward
appearance. It is performed to reshape ‘normal’ structures of the body to
improve the patient’s appearance.
Reconstructive surgery' is performed to reshape ‘abnormal’ structures of the body which are often the result of accidents, injuries, infections, cancers or other diseases as well as congenital or development deformities.
2. Will language be a barrier?
Both of our Surgeons speak English. Being understood by, and being able to communicate with your surgeon and his staff is of most importance for anyone coming for surgery.
3. How do I choose my surgeon?
If you know what procedure you are looking to have performed, then finding a Surgeon based on his results is a good place to start. Finding out how long they have been practicing as a Cosmetic Surgeon and how many operations has he performed and their outcomes. Reading reviews, looking at photographs and finding pictures of your desired look may help. Presenting these to your surgeon to give them the best idea of what you may be expecting is also a good idea. Find out what your surgeon really thinks about your expectations. A surgeon that agrees with everything you say may not be the surgeon for you! A responsible surgeon will know both their professional limitations, and yours as a patient.
4. Can I see photos and get in touch with any previous patients of the doctor?
We have a full portfolio of previous patients with photographs and written reviews that we would be happy to share with anyone considering surgery. These references are an important part of the decision process and we can help you with your task by putting you in touch with previous patients who can relate their own experience, reassure and give you confidence. In some patient cases we can arrange for you to speak in person, either by telephone or email.
5. Is there a right age for surgery?
Each part of the body ages at a different rate, so therefore there is no set rule about the age at which a surgery can be performed. These days, there are an increasing number of people in their sixties and seventies who are having surgery to improve their appearance. It should be noted that risk increases with age, however if you feel well enough and you have not had any significant medical problems in the past then age shouldn’t be a reason for you not to go ahead with surgery. There are also age tendencies for certain procedures such as a facelift, which usually wouldn’t be performed on patients under 30years; a mini-facelift may be recommended in the place of a full facelift. On the other hand, Otoplasty (ear-pinning surgery) may be appropriate for children as young as 5 years old.
7. How do I know if surgery is for me?
Only you can decide if surgery is right for you. Some people seek to recapture their youthful appearance, to delay the ageing process, or to reverse the effects of pregnancy, weight gain and gravity. Others want to improve an inherited trait, or repair sun-damaged or scarred skin. One of the main reasons for having cosmetic surgery is that people want to look as good as they feel.
Whatever the reason, generally speaking each patient will need to: -
* Be mentally and physically fit
* Understand the procedures, including the risks, benefits, and likely outcome
* Be self motivated and not pressurized by anyone else
* Know what they want and be able to communicate this
* Have realistic expectations and expect to see improvement, not perfection
Your surgeon’s role is to advise and recommend you about the procedures; how they are performed, your options and alternatives, any risks and benefits of each surgical procedure and what it can do for you.
It is important that you discuss your situation, reasons for surgery and your goals with the surgeon this will help determine what path you choose.
8. Is there a right time to have the surgery?
The final date of when a surgery will take place will often depend on having many things in place; finances, planning time off work, organizing child care and allowing sufficient time for recovery. This means that preparation time may take weeks if not months, and the time of surgery must be the right time for you. Once everything is in place this should leave you free to travel with as little stress as possible.
Here in Turkey, we are used to foreign patients arriving in the middle of the night, on any day of the week throughout the year. Each patient’s itinerary, final plans for surgery and their stay here are organized to suit and we can accommodate your arrival at any time.
9. Could the surgeon decide surgery is not for me after I have arrived in Turkey?
This is a rare event but the answer is yes. However, having provided us with your complete medical history, any relevant information and appropriate photographs prior to your arrival we will do everything to avoid this situation. In the event the surgeon decides not to operate for given reasons, rescheduling and refunds will be discussed forthwith. The only occasion that this would usually happen would be if there were an undisclosed medical condition that we were not advised of before arrival. Therefore, complete honesty in advance from a patient is a very important factor, for both the patient and the surgeon.
10. Should I see my GP before going ahead with surgery?
For some patients, it may be necessary to bring a health report with them (if there are any existing health conditions) to Turkey from their local GP. Tests will be carried out here prior to any surgery to reconfirm your fitness and only once these have been completed will surgery go ahead.
11. Where will the surgery take place?
Minor surgery procedures are performed at our modern, fully equipped, luxury clinic in the presence of a fully qualified anesthetist and nursing team. Major surgery is performed at a JCI internationally accredited, general private Hospital in Antalya, equipped with the latest state of the art technology and up to the minute techniques, and comfortable luxury for the patient.
12. Will I have my own room at the hospital?
Patients stay in their own room with en-suite bathroom, TV and air-conditioning.
13. How long does the surgery last?
The length of surgery depends on the procedure; and the number of procedures performed at one time. It may vary from 45 minutes to 5 hours for extensive multiple procedure surgery.
14. How long will my recovery be?
Healing time varies from person to person according to the type of surgery and their own natural healing ability. For each procedure we will recommend a minimum time to be spent in Turkey following surgery and we will be dedicated to helping you through every stage of your recovery. Whether you are in Turkey or have returned home, we will work hard to make you feel positive about the decision you have made and at all times our job is to help you achieve the best results possible.
15. How long will I have to stay in Hospital?
In most cases when general anesthetic is used, one nights’ stay after the operation is included. Depending on the procedure you have selected we may arrange for our patients to stay the night previous to the surgery at the hospital in order that you can rest and be prepared for surgery the next day. This is at no extra cost.
16. Will I feel any pain after the operation?
Each patient will tolerate post-operative pain in a different way. Whilst some patients may describe the pain as an ache, others experience greater discomfort. Appropriate pain medication will be prescribed and this will help minimize discomfort. Most facial cosmetics operations have minimal post-operative discomfort, whilst liposuction is slightly more uncomfortable. Many patients are recommended to sleep on their back for at least the first week after surgery and this can be a bigger cause of discomfort than any pain they are experiencing.
17. Are there risks involved with surgery?
Any surgery is not without risk and although complications are rare, they should be taken into consideration. Our complication rates are not higher than those of any experienced and well equipped clinic in Europe or USA. You should choose your doctor carefully, selecting the location of the operation and the best aftercare that will reduce the risks. Wherever possible it is advisable for you to take out a specially designed insurance to cover your surgery and stay.
18. What about follow up care?
Your postoperative care is every bit as important as the surgery itself. Anyone planning to have cosmetic surgery must be prepared to dedicate themselves to their recovery. At your postoperative consultation the surgeon will advise you in full about the stages of your recovery and what to expect. It is encouraged by us that all patients to stay in touch with us after their return home and arrange follow up checks during later visits.
19. What about medical insurance?
As a rule, most cosmetic surgery is not covered by private health insurance or holiday insurance.