Plastic Surgery FAQ: Fast Answers for Common Questions

Dr. Peter Fisher invites you to browse this convenient plastic surgery FAQ. Contact our San Antonio, TX, practice if you have more detailed questions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation.

What is the cost of body contouring surgery?

This varies, and is usually dependent on what part of the country you live in. Below, I have included some general averages for procedures, which include surgeon, Anesthesiologist and hospital fees:

  • Lower Body Lift surgery – $12,000 – $14,000
  • Thigh Lift – $10,000
  • Breast Augmentation/Lift – $10,000
  • Breast Lift – $7,000
  • Arm Lift – $6,000
  • Breast Augmentation – $5,000

Is there a difference between a Body Lift and a Lower Body Lift?

These are essentially the same operation, and can also referred to as a “Circumferential Tummy Tuck” or “Belt Lift” surgery.

I’m worried about the pain associated with surgery.

Pain after surgery is to be expected, though long-acting local anesthetics (used intra-operatively) and PCAs (Morphine or Demerol) – used after the surgery – greatly reduce the discomfort. Additionally, after the PCA, most patients are given a regimen of strong local narcotics until the pain fully subsides.

Do you ever turn patients away based on age?

Barring any significant health issues, I will operate on patients up to 75-80 years of age.

Will the procedure be done in a hospital or at a clinic?

I prefer to do all my surgeries in a hospital, as I feel this is safer for the patient.

Do you limit the number of procedures done at once?

I actually prefer to do as many procedures in one operative session as I feel is safe for a patients. This limits the number of anesthetic inductions (being put to sleep), provides fewer recovery periods, and affords the patient less time off of work.

Will my insurance help me with my costs?

In most cases, no. Though, sometimes, a panniculectomy (the removal of excess lower abdominal skin) may be covered, as will a breast reduction, if significant pain and discomfort is associated with the size and weight of the breasts.

How long should I expect to be in the hospital post-surgery?

Typically, lower body lifts and thigh lifts require a 1-2 night stay at the hospital, while all other procedures can be done as an outpatient.

How soon can I return to work?

This really depends on how quickly a patient recovers. In general, a lower body lift is hardest to recover from – typically requiring 4 weeks off from a sedentary job, and around 6 weeks off from an active job. I’ve also had cases where patients return to work after 3 days, and others who have had to take 8-10 weeks off.

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