How do I know if facial plastic surgery is right for me?
You really need to meet Dr. Perkins and his staff to learn more about what is really the right step(s) and/or procedure(s) for you. Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Perkins is the most important step to determine this. Ask questions and tell him what your goals and desires are. He utilizes computerized imaging so that you can see your potential result before you schedule your surgery. Ask him what outcomes he expects from your procedure and what the recovery time will be. "You owe it to yourself" to meet him and his staff and compare. Prices vary, but so do experience level, ability, results and the experience and care provided by the office staff.
What questions should I ask before choosing my facial plastic surgeon?
Ask your surgeon what board certifications they hold. If you are having a facial plastic surgery procedure, you should choose a surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Ask how frequently the surgeon performs the particular procedure you plan to have and if he/she employs state-of-the-art surgery techniques. Ask the surgeon what outcomes he/she expects from your surgery. Inquire about any specific risk factors with your particular situation. Choose a surgeon who performs your procedure regularly and with natural-looking outcomes. Ask to see several sets of before and after photographs of the particular type of surgery you are considering. Dr. Perkins performs each of the main facial plastic cosmetic procedures, such as rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, facelift, forehead lift and resurfacing on a daily/weekly basis in his practice.
Why is it important to choose a board certified surgeon?
Board certification is important because it ensures that a surgeon has completed special training in his/her areas of expertise, met the rigorous standards required by their respective boards, as well as completed special examinations. If you are having facial plastic surgery, your surgeon should be board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Why is it important to choose an accredited surgery facility if not going to a hospital?
Accredited facilities, such as the Meridian Plastic Surgery Center, must abide by certain rules and regulations to ensure patient safety. The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care sets standards for, measures performance of, and accredits more than 1800 ambulatory care facilities across the country. Accreditation from this organization has become a symbol that a facility is committed to providing the highest level of quality health care possible. Be sure the surgery center meets all the safety and quality standards of a hospital and is licensed by the State Board of Health. Medicare and Medicaid certifications are also required if the facility is going to accept those types of insurance to pay for procedures. The Meridian Plastic Surgery Center is State Board licensed and Medicare certified.
What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?
Cosmetic surgery reshapes normal structures of the body in order to improve your appearance. Reconstructive surgery is performed on structures of the body that are abnormal, caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is generally performed to improve function, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance.
I'd like a fresher look but don't want to have surgery. Are there other options?
There are a variety of non-surgical options that that Dr. Perkins offers at his practice that may provide some temporary benefit, prolonging the time until the actual surgical repositioning and tightening will be required. Results are extremely variable and are not dramatic. Our laser provides the capability to produce dramatic results and quick healing for patients who want to improve wrinkles, acne scars and skin texture. We offer Ultherapy and Exilis – which effectively tighten skin with no down time. We also have a wide range of injectible treatments.