Frequently Asked Questions
The first thing you should check when looking for a plastic surgeon is their board certification. A doctor’s board-certification is the best indicator of his or her training in a particular medical or surgical specialty. This verifies that they have the skills, knowledge, experience and expertise that they claim to have. In addition to the doctor’s accreditation, check the accreditation of the facility they use. To get a better feel for your surgeon, look for testimonials from individuals who have experience with the plastic surgeon. Lastly, sit down with the plastic surgeon to discuss your expectations, concerns, hopes and hesitations.
The most important thing when choosing the best plastic surgeon for you, is that you feel comfortable with the doctor and confident in his or her abilities.
As with any type of surgery, there are some risks involved with cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeries. Although advances in technology are constantly lowering the frequency and severity of complications, they still present risks that should be considered seriously before any surgery. Dr. Jensen will discuss the potential risks associated with your surgery during your consultation.
The cost of plastic surgery varies drastically depending on the type of procedure you are receiving. The total cost includes fees for the surgeon, anesthesia, and the facility as well as the costs of any necessary tests, medications, implants, etc. A plastic surgery can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, depending on the type of surgery and your specific circumstances. We will disclose the costs for your specific cosmetic surgery during your consultation with Dr. Jensen.
Typically, insurance companies will not cover cosmetic surgeries. However, there are a number of ‘gray areas’ in coverage for plastic surgery that sometimes require special consideration by an insurance carrier. These areas usually involve surgical operations which may be reconstructive or cosmetic, depending on each patient’s situation. For example, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) – a procedure normally performed to achieve cosmetic improvement – may be covered by insurance if the eyelids are drooping severely and obscuring a patient’s vision. A breast reduction surgery is another example, which sometimes can be covered by health insurance plans. Come in for a consultation and we can help determine if your surgery will be covered by insurance or not.
Depending on the type of surgery, you may have some scarring, but the incision lines for most of our surgeries are small. Incisions are carefully made in the most inconspicuous locations, to avoid being easily noticed. Over time the redness of the incision lines will fade. As part of your post-operative guidelines, Dr. Jensen will suggest treatment to minimize scarring.
Before and after photos can play an important role in decision making, especially with plastic surgery. We do not post our patients’ photos to the internet out of concern for patient privacy and confidentiality. Rather, these images can be viewed privately in our office during your cosmetic consultation.
Below is a list of sites that provide additional information on plastic and reconstructive surgery. These links are simply provided for informational and convenience purposes. Dr. Jensen’s office is not responsible for the content of any off-site Internet information referenced by or linked to these sites.