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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Is it better with general or localanesthesia?

We can maintain that the starting point for any kind of anesthesia is sedation: the sedation drugs available can take away anxiety, discomfort and pain caused by the treatment; furthermore, the memory of the treatment itself becomes more pleasant.
In some cases, using sedation in combination with locoregional anesthesia, it is possible to avoid general anesthesia, which consists of anesthesia only to specific areas of the body, such as the legs, the abdomen or the chest.
As a consequence, the Anesthetist also has a primary role in the procedure and he is present until it is completed. 


Why day hospital and not inpatient surgery?
Nowadays, all over the world, most of the plastic surgery procedures are performed as day hospital, in very well equipped clinics from which patients can be dismissed the same day of surgery. It is widely recognized and acknowledged within the Medical Community that the recovery time gets shorter if the patients are sent home after surgery, where they can be close to the loved ones: the after surgery effects themselves are absorbed better. It is anyhow possible to ask the surgeon to be hospitalized for a few days (inpatient surgery), but this will of course increase the surgery costs.
In any case, it is up to the surgeon together with the anesthetist to decide whether to discharge the patient on the day of surgery or the day after. 


Why is the surgeon sometimes suggesting revision surgery after the first surgery?
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is a combination of art and science, but it is not always possible to forecast with absolute accuracy what the final result will be. Sometimes, it can happen that a small revision surgery after some time becomes necessary, not to correct the original surgery, rather to fix small imperfections due to external factors, such as bad healing of the scars, a result not considered optimal by the patient, etc. Anyhow, all this should be discussed with the surgeon before undergoing the desired surgery.


Is there a procedure leaving no visible scars?
Surgery that requires the use of a scalpel is always leaving a visible scar, even though it is normally small and hidden. On the contrary, there are some procedures in Plastic Surgery which do not require the use of a scalpel and, as a consequence, leave no visible scars.  


Is it possible to see how I will look like after surgery from a picture edited with computer software?
Today, it is possible to simulate the final result using specific software; furthermore, as far as breast augmentation with implant is concerned, the patient can see what the final result will be by wearing a so-called “sizer-kit”, a device used to choose the best kind of implant and the correct size.
Nevertheless, the patient must take into consideration that the result shown by the computer software might not represent exactly what the real result will be. For this reason, it is always useful for the surgeon to have pictures of the patient when she/he was young, in order to study her/his morphology. 


Is it possible to see other patients' results?
Yes, of course. The surgeon is showing before and after photos. If you wish to, Dr. De Fazio will show you some results (before and after photos) for the procedure you are interested in, on the condition that the patients whose pictures have been taken, have given him the right and permission to use them, in accordance with the privacy laws. 


When should I pay for the surgery?
The legislation provides that, when the patient is dismissed, he/she has to pay the total amount due for the surgery. It is anyhow possible to apply for a loan, which allows to pay the chosen amount in installments in 12 to 48 months, even without an advance payment. 

For any further question, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Dr. De Fazio.