Frequently asked questions - Los Angeles | Thomas Taylor, M.D.

Frequently asked questions

    1. What is the right age for surgery?

What is the right age for surgery?

There is no specific age for cosmetic procedures. Several factors affect the outcome and age is only one of several factors. The readiness for surgery depends on the individual patient.


How long does surgery take?

The time required for a specific surgical procedure depends on what is being done. Minor procedures are often completed in about 30 minutes, but the time varies, depending on the individual patient. Dr. Taylor can give you an estimate of the time required for your procedure, but check in, anesthesia and recovery time are also required, regardless of the time spent in the operating room.


What kind of anesthesia will I receive?

We use local, twilight or general anesthesia, depending on the procedure. You will discuss anesthesia with an anesthesiologist, prior to your surgery and can ask any questions you have at that time. This is part of
the standard pre-surgical process.


How much pain will I experience?

The level of pain depends on the type of procedure and the pain threshold of that patient. These factors are taken into consideration when choosing the appropriate form of anesthesia and pain management after surgery.


How long does recovery take after surgery?

The time varies based on the individual patient, but usually lasts a few hours. The initial recovery from the anesthesia passes quickly, but there is often pain or discomfort at the site where the surgery was performed. This pain heals over time, as the incision heals. Dr. Taylor will discuss any restrictions on activity and how to care for your wound. You can also ask questions about recovery when you meet with the
doctor prior to your surgery.


When can I return to work?

The time required for healing depends on the procedure. You may be able to return within days or need a week or longer. Dr. Taylor can discuss recovery and work restrictions during your consultation.


Does my health insurance cover plastic surgery?

Generally, if the procedure is performed for cosmetic reasons, insurance will not cover it. However, reconstructive surgeries are often fully or partially covered by insurance.


What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive procedures?

Patients choose cosmetic surgery to change a part of the body that is healthy and normal. Reconstructive surgery is designed to correct an abnormality. This can be a birth defect, disease, physical trauma or other procedure needed to restore the part of the body to normal functioning.


Can I finance my plastic surgery?

We can help with financing for patients. We will provide an application at your consultation, so you can apply for financing for your surgery.


How long do the results last?

The procedure, age of the patient, presence of other health conditions and other factors influence the length of time a surgical procedure will last. For some procedures, the results are permanent. Other procedures last for a certain length of time. Dr. Taylor can discuss the results during your consultation.


Where is the surgery performed?

Your procedure may be performed in the operating room in our office, outpatient surgery center or a local hospital. The place where the procedure is performed depends on what is being done.


How many procedures can I have at one time?

The possibility of multiple procedures is decided at the discretion of the doctor. There are benefits, including less time spent in the operating room and recovery. The cost of anesthesia is also lower when procedures are combined. Dr. Taylor can discuss the possibility of safely combining procedures.


Will I have visible scars?

In some procedures, the doctor is able to place the incisions in areas where scars will be less visible. In some cases, scarring will be almost non existent, while in other procedures, there are nearly invisible scars that are difficult to detect. This depends on the procedure being performed.


Who is a good candidate for plastic surgery?

The ideal candidate understands the limitations of technology and nature and has a reasonable expectation of the results of surgery. The patient should also have a good self image and reason for having the procedure. The best candidate wants to improve a certain trait, not to change the perception others have of them.


What is the fee for the initial consultation?

There is no charge for the consultation.


How do I schedule an appointment?

Please call our office to schedule an appointment.

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