Perhaps you have been considering plastic surgery for a while now, but you haven’t been able to find the time to pull the trigger. While most cosmetic plastic surgeries are relatively quick outpatient procedures, it can take several weeks for the post-operative side effects to disappear and to feel “normal” again. Figuring out how and when to schedule time to recover can be tricky. In this article, Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso discuss why fall and winter are good times to have plastic surgery. Continue reading
Whether you are 21 or 71, Drs. Samuel Pearl and Alexander Ereso want you to look and feel your best. The key to looking and feeling good at any age is to understand what you can’t control — namely, the aging process, the effects of pregnancy and your genetics — and what you can do about things that bother you. Working with a team of talented plastic surgeons is an excellent way to minimize what you don’t like about your appearance and accentuate what you love!
The consultation is an exciting step in the plastic surgery journey. It’s a valuable opportunity to sit down with a knowledgeable plastic surgeon, explain what you are looking for and describe what you hope to achieve. In turn, the plastic surgeon can answer all of your questions, examine you and recommend the best way to accomplish your goals.
A little planning and preparation can help you make sure that your plastic surgery consultation is productive and informative. Here our board certified plastic surgeons in the Bay Area, Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso, share tips for making the most of your consultation. Continue reading
The cosmetic benefits of plastic surgery are well established. What often go unmentioned are the tangible health benefits of certain procedures. You might be surprised to learn that your desired procedure could have a positive effect on your health and well-being. Here, Drs. Samuel Pearl and Alexander Ereso of Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center share examples of procedures with proven health benefits. Continue reading
A number of studies have shown that the more attractive a person is, the more likely they will be given opportunities for career advancement. Therefore, it is no wonder that people — especially those in the age range of 50 and over — have turned to plastic surgery to give them a more youthful, alert and confident appearance. But can having plastic surgery really help a person’s career? Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso of Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center helps to answer that question in this post. Continue reading
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world’s largest group of board certified plastic surgeons. Each year, to keep track of trends in plastic surgery, the organization surveys members and compiles the findings in an annual report. ASPS members Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso of Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center break down the findings of the 2015 ASPS report here. Continue reading
Your post-op recovery care plays an important role in the success and beauty of your tummy tuck results. At Pearl – Ereso Plastic Surgery Center, Drs. Samuel Pearl and Alexander Ereso have helped countless men and women achieve a flatter, more toned abdomen through tummy tuck surgery. Here, they share some do’s and don’ts to follow after tummy tuck surgery. Continue reading
When considering plastic surgery, it is important to plan for your recovery. Surgical treatments
like tummy tuck surgery, breast augmentation and facelift surgery require time off from work and daily activities to allow your body to properly heal and the final results to settle in. Continue reading
Whether you have scheduled your plastic surgery procedure or you are still in the consultation phase, it’s never too early to plan for the recovery period. Sticking to the right habits — and avoiding the wrong ones — will affect both the length and intensity of your recovery. Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso have compiled some helpful advice on what to do and what not to do while recovering from surgery.
If you’re a smoker, Dr. Pearl recommends that you quit smoking at least two weeks before and two weeks after your surgery. Nicotine has an adverse effect on the body, especially after surgery because it constricts blood vessels and prevents blood flow, which may cause problems with blood clots and prevent wounds from healing adequately. In severe cases, the effect of nicotine could cause necrosis, or tissue death, which can lead to skin loss.
Not Getting Enough Rest
Your body, including your immune system, needs to be operating at its optimal level so that you can heal and recover properly. If you try to rush the recovery period by not getting enough sleep or rest, it may lead to infection of the incision sites and even more serious complications. You should plan for someone to stay with you for at least the first 48 hours so that you can have an uninterrupted period of sleep and rest. After that, and depending on which procedure you have done, a period of at least a week (and more time for procedures like tummy tuck and liposuction) without work and exercise should be planned in order for you to recuperate fully.
Hitting the Gym Too Soon
Exercising too soon after having surgery could cause a number of problems, including opened incisions and risk of bleeding. Elevating your heart rate and blood pressure with aerobic exercise and lifting weight can have these effects on the body if they are resumed too quickly. Talk to your doctor about how long you should wait before resuming both light and more rigorous exercise. With some procedures, like tummy tuck surgery, you may have to wait six to eight weeks, whereas with other procedures like facelift surgery, patients can often return to exercise after two weeks.
Failing to Follow Up with Your Doctor
It is important that you return to your doctor within the first week after surgery so that they can exam you and see that your body is healing properly. During your consultation with Dr. Pearl or Dr. Ereso, they can map out a schedule for both your procedure and your follow-up appointments. Skipping these follow-up appointments is not advised, because if there are complications from surgery, they should be taken care of right away. If at any point during your recovery you have an unusual amount of pain, swelling or other effects, you should call your doctor immediately.
Not Protecting Your Skin
While it’s a good habit to get into anyway, wearing sunscreen — even on overcast days —is particularly helpful to the healing of your incision areas after plastic surgery. A sunblock with an SPF of at least 30 should be used, especially on exposed incisions, when you plan on being outdoors. Sun exposure can hinder the healing process and change the pigmentation of the skin on your incisions so that scars may become permanently darker in appearance.
Do you have more questions about the recovery period for a specific plastic surgery procedure? Learn more recovery tips in a private consultation with Dr. Pearl or Dr. Ereso. Schedule one today by calling Pearl Plastic Surgery Center at (650) 964-6600.
“Medical tourism” describes traveling abroad for medical care. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly 750,000 Americans travel to another country annually for medical care. This is especially popular in plastic surgery circles, as patients choose to combine an international vacation with cosmetic enhancement. Also, plastic surgery is often advertised at cheaper prices in other countries.
However, medical tourism is dangerous and, in some cases, even deadly. Here, Drs. Samuel Pearl and Alexander Ereso explain why you should avoid traveling abroad for plastic surgery.
Communication Hurdles Are Problematic
Traveling to a country where you don’t speak the language fluently is a problem, especially when receiving medical care. If you do not understand your physician’s pre- or post-operative instructions, or you develop an inexplicable complication, the misunderstanding can be fatal.
The Standard of Care Is Different
Other countries do not have the stringent medical standards that we enjoy in the United States. Facilities may be disorganized or dirty, medications may be counterfeit and doctors may not follow hygienic practices.
Plastic surgeons in other countries are not subject to the standards that American doctors are. They may not have the training or skill set necessary to perform complex plastic or reconstructive surgery operations.
In the worst-case scenario that your surgeon is negligent or something goes awry during your procedure, you probably won’t have solid grounds for legal recourse, either. You don’t have any laws protecting you or mandating the training and qualifications of foreign plastic surgeons.
Little Time/Energy for Tourism
Many people want to combine normal tourist activities with their operation, but recovering from a surgical procedure is challenging. You will feel groggy for the first day or so after surgery, and your range of motion will be severely limited. You will probably be confined to your bed or couch as your body heals. This leaves you little to no opportunities to explore your surroundings and soak up the local culture. And, even if you can walk around, you can’t participate in any physical activities (e.g., swimming, hiking). By the time you have enough energy to explore, it’s time to fly home!
Affordable and safe plastic surgery is available much closer to home. Dr. Pearl and Ereso are plastic surgeons who practice in Mountain View, Calif., and serve all surrounding areas. To schedule a consultation with the doctors and discuss your options, please call (650) 964-6600 today.