Common Questions for Integrated Aesthetics

At Integrated Aesthetics, we’re here to answer your questions about cosmetic surgery. Below you’ll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about cosmetic surgery and aesthetic procedures.

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Are financing options available?

What is the new patient cosmetic consultation fee for Dr. Cho and Dr. Chiang?

What is the cost of a dermatology consultation with Dr. Chiang?

What is the dermatology consultation fee for current patients?

What is the price range for cosmetic surgery procedures?

What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?

What is the pain from cosmetic surgery like?

Where will my procedure be performed?

What should you know about the safety of outpatient surgery?

How is a patient's physical condition evaluated before plastic surgery?

How can I minimize swelling or bruising?

How long will the surgery last?

How long will I need someone to help care for me after the surgery?

How long should I expect to be out of work?

How long until the swelling goes down?

How long until the final results of the surgery are visible?

Will I need to change my bandages?

How many follow-up visits should I expect?

Are financing options available?

Yes, we offer Alphaeon, PatientFi and CareCredit. Please note that we do not take insurance and only accept cash, credit and/or financing.

What is the new patient cosmetic consultation fee for Dr. Cho and Dr. Chiang?

Dr. Cho and Dr. Chiang’s cosmetic consultation fee is $175. The charge will be applied to your procedure if you decide to move forward with your aesthetic plan. For patients who do not cancel their appointment, the no-show fee is $175.

What is the cost of a dermatology consultation with Dr. Chiang?

For new patients with a single point of concern, the consultation fee is $225. For new patients with two or three concerns, the fee is $275. For established patients, a follow-up involving one issue is $175, and $200 for consultations covering two or more issues. If there are additional fees related to procedures you will receive a quote prior to the procedure being performed. For patients who do not cancel their appointment, the no-show fee is $175.

What is the dermatology consultation fee for current patients?

The consultation fee for a current patient with a single issue is $175. For a current patient with multiple issues, the fee is $200.

What is the price range for cosmetic surgery procedures?

The price range for plastic surgery depends significantly on the type of surgery. During your initial consultation, we will discuss cost and financing options.

What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?

Cosmetic surgery reshapes typical structures of the body to improve appearance and self-esteem. Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal body structures; in general, reconstructive surgery is performed to improve function but may also create a more normal appearance.

What is the pain from cosmetic surgery like?

It is important to note that each patient tolerates pain after surgery differently, and each procedure is associated with varying recovery protocols. Most facial cosmetic operations have minimal post-op discomfort; liposuction is slightly more uncomfortable, and operations that require elevation or tightening of the muscles can cause discomfort equal to a C-section. Rest assured that we will prescribe the appropriate pain medications to help minimize any discomfort.

Where will my procedure be performed?

Your safety is always our priority, so our surgical procedures are performed at our fully accredited surgery centers and hospitals.

What should you know about the safety of outpatient surgery?

While no surgical procedure is risk-free, thousands have plastic surgery yearly without complications. At Integrated Aesthetics, your safety is the foundation of all we do. Each of our physicians has dedicated their professional career to treating aesthetic patients, and their combined expertise is broader than the average single-specialty dermatology or plastic surgery practice.

How is a patient's physical condition evaluated before plastic surgery?

We conduct a complete pretesting series of appointments before any surgery.

How can I minimize swelling or bruising?

Depending upon the procedure, you might need to sleep in a reclining (not horizontal) position for one week following surgery to minimize fluid collection in the face and eyelids. Follow our instructions about making and administering your cold and warm compresses; these measures will reduce bruising and swelling and maximize and promote healing.

How long will the surgery last?

The length of the surgery depends on the procedure, but most take between one and six hours.

How long will I need someone to help care for me after the surgery?

You will need someone with you for 24 hours following the procedure; you’ll recover from anesthesia during this time, and someone must drive you home and stay with you. You will generally need additional assistance for the first six weeks following your surgery as you cannot perform regular activities, exercise, or lift more than twenty pounds.

How long should I expect to be out of work?

This depends on the type of surgery you have and your work, but you should plan to take between 3 and 14 days off. For example, breast augmentation patients typically return to work in three days, while more invasive surgeries like Brazilian butt lifts and mommy makeovers require at least two weeks.

How long until the swelling goes down?

Most initial swelling subsides two weeks after surgery, but wound healing can take 6-12 months. For example, breast augmentation swelling lasts around two weeks, but the implants remain high on the chest wall for up to three months before dropping into the resting position over the breast fold.

How long until the final results of the surgery are visible?

You should be able to see the final results of your surgery after three months with minimal changes until the 6-month mark. Again, this depends on the procedure.

Will I need to change my bandages?

Generally, your bandages will be removed after 48 hours so that you can shower. If your procedure requires bandage changes, we will provide you with instructions.

How many follow-up visits should I expect?

You will have at least two follow-up appointments: one-week post-op and two to three months after your surgery. We may schedule additional appointments to ensure optimal recovery and pristine results.

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