Are you thinking about getting plastic surgery? Are you unsure who would make a good surgeon? Are you nervous about the length of recovery afterwards? To help you ease your mind and gain some understand about plastic surgery I have interviewed Dr. Roy Semlacher.
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
“My name is Roy Semlacher and I have practiced in Sacramento, California since 1999. I am presently both the Director and Chief of plastic surgery at the Mercy San Juan Medical Center. I perform both cosmetic and post-traumatic reconstructive surgery. Most common cosmetic procedures are breast augmentation, followed by abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). I am a member in good standing with The American Society of Plastic Surgery.”
What parts of the body are most popular for getting plastic surgery?
“The most common areas for plastic surgery are face, breast, abdomen, arms, thighs and buttocks. For the face most people want laser, botox, fillers/fat injections, face-lift, forehead lift, eyelid surgery and nose surgery. For the breast it’s usually breast augmentation and reductions for females and gynecomastia for males. There is also reconstruction for post cancer surgery patients. For the abdomen it’s the popular tummy tuck and liposuction. Patients have also shown interest in having their arms, thighs and buttocks liposuction.”
What types of questions do you asking in order to determine if plastic surgery is right for that person?
“I ask four essential questions. First I ask about their general medical health. The patient should be medically well in order to undergo both anesthesia and surgical trauma. Second I ask what their expectations are. Third I ask the patient why they want to change things. I want to make sure they are doing it for the right reasons. Fourth, I find out what type of support system they have. For example, if they have friends or family members who are supportive of this process.”
How long does it take before a person recovers from plastic surgery?
“With breast augmentation patients can go back to work in 2-3 days after surgery. Full abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) can take up to 1 ½-2 months for full recovery. However the patient can go back to work within 2 weeks. For a full facelift it will take 6 months to be ready for photos.”
Do you think people who do get plastic surgery end up feeling satisfied with who they are?
“If they are honest with themselves and are doing the procedure for the right reasons and they have achievable and reasonable expectations, there is no reason these patients should not be happy with their surgical result.”
Who shouldn’t get plastic surgery?
“A person who is going through a personal crisis. For example, divorce, medical illness, a death in the family or financial difficulties. I would also like to add anyone who has unrealistic perceptions of their imperfection and people who are not able to afford additional fees should complications arise.”
What advice would you like to give for someone who is considering plastic surgery?
“Do your research. Make sure surgeon is board certified and has hospital privileges to perform the procedure. The anesthesia should ideally be administered by a board certified M.D. The facility should be a certified class “C” by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. If possibly ask for references.”
“Once you have found a doctor you’re interested in take time to ask questions. Consultation with the doctor will help you decide if you can work together. Also, this is a time for the patient to get all the information about the procedure, both pros and cons. It is also a time to determine if you are a good candidate and if the surgeon will deliver what you are looking for. You should be able to leave the office with all your questions answered and the door should be left open to you to come back should you so desire.”
Thank you Dr. Roy Semlacher for the interview. If you would like more information about Dr. Roy Semlacher check out his website at www.NewVisage.com.