Answers to Common Questions

What is the recovery time of a facial surgery?

Recovery time for a facelift can take between 7 to 14 days, depending on the number of procedures carried out in an intervention:

  • Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery usually requires a recovery of about 7 days.
  • When combined with a brow lift, recovery can extend to about 7 to 10 days.
  • The 'face lifts' or face and neck lifts usually require a recovery time of approximately 12 to 14 days even when combined with the above procedures.

To speed postoperative recovery, we use two therapies administered by our aestheticians.  First of all, ultrasound therapy is applied. This technology uses sound waves to penetrate the tissues by increasing their temperature and removing inflammatory fluids accumulated after the procedures.  This treatment is combined with electrical stimuli that also fosters tissue regeneration, and therefore, accelerates recovery.       

My plan does not cover the procedure I would like done.  Are there alternative payment plans?

All private cosmetic or reconstructive procedures must be paid in full prior to the surgery.

Payment methods are:

  • Cash
  • Personal Check
  • Cashier's Check
  • Bank Draft
  • Credit Card

Our purpose to eliminate financial concern as a factor that can interfere with the doctor-patient relationship during the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative periods. The Surgery Coordinator provides patients with all details regarding fees for the procedures. Patients who want to undergo surgery can secure a date for surgery by making a 20% deposit of the total cost of the procedure.

Is there any medical condition that impedes me from having surgery?

All patients who will undergo a procedure in our facilities are evaluated by our medical expert in internal medicine by using laboratory tests, chest e-rays, electrocardiogram, and an extensive medical exam.

We recommend that this physical examination be performed two weeks prior to the procedure.  This requirement is to assure there is time to make any change necessary or to start medical treatment before the surgery.  The most common reason for postponing elective cosmetic surgery is high blood pressure that must be controlled with drugs, at least temporarily.  

Will I need to be hospitalized for my procedure?

The majority of the facial cosmetic surgery procedures are performed in our operating room at the Institute which is one of the two centers accredited by the prestigious American Association for Ambulatory Health Care in Puerto Rico.    

Our Surgery Coordinator provides detailed information regarding surgery preparation to our patients and carefully orchestrates the details.  

In very rare circumstances are patients operated in a hospital.  This occurs, for example, when a patient who will undergo surgery of the upper eyelids has medical insurance coverage because the upper eyelids are causing the patient a functional problem, and the patient wants to have another cosmetic procedure performed, such as surgery on the lower eyelids.  Nevertheless, the great majority of cosmetic surgery procedures are performed in our modern and accredited operating room.

How it is the type of sedation used in my surgery determined?

The majority of facial cosmetic surgery procedures are performed under local anesthesia using profound conscious sedation.  The patient is under the direct care of our certified anesthesiologist who remains at the patient’s side during the entire procedure.     

The sedation drugs that will be used are prescribed to the patients. The majority of the procedures can be performed by using  Versed and Fentanyl.  In rare occasions, the hypnotic, Propofol, is included.

Do you have any other questions?  Call us!