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We expect and encourage patients to have numerous questions when they're thinking about any cosmetic procedure. On this page you'll find some of the most common questions we hear at Dr. John J. Seaberg's plastic surgery practice in Columbia.

Is plastic surgery safe?

The short answer is yes. Of course, all surgical procedures include some risk. And certain procedures have more potential for complications than others. For example, being placed under general anesthesia poses the possibility of complications that aren't present when a local anesthetic is used. Overall, cosmetic procedures have a stellar safety track record.

May I have more than one procedure done at a time?

It's relatively common for plastic surgeons in Columbia and elsewhere to perform multiple procedures during one operation. For example, a breast lift is often combined with breast augmentation. Combining procedures saves you money by paying the operating room and anesthesia costs only once, and it means you have only one recovery period. Dr. Seaberg cautions patients, however, that having more than a single procedure performed during one operation increases the risk of complications. It often depends on the procedures and your age and overall health. It's a subject that you and Dr. Seaberg can discuss during your consultation.

What happens during my consultation?

Your consultation is a valuable opportunity for you and Dr. Seaberg to learn about each other. Depending on the procedure you are considering, Dr. Seaberg will ask about your personal medical history and perform a physical examination. He will ask about your goals for the cosmetic procedure; it's often a good idea to bring in photos of the look you are trying to achieve. You can also browse before-and-after photos of Dr. Seaberg's other patients. Your consultation is a great time to ask any questions you might have about Dr. Seaberg's experience and the procedure itself. The consultation is a collaborative experience that typically takes between 45 and 90 minutes.

Is plastic surgery covered by insurance?

Surgery performed to correct a medical issue is usually covered. Examples include breast reconstruction surgery for a woman after a mastectomy, breast reduction for a woman with back pain caused by the heaviness of her breasts, nose surgery to correct breathing problems, and eyelid surgery for patients with obstructed vision caused by droopy eyelids. Surgical and non-surgical procedures that are purely elective are generally not covered by insurance. We have payment plans available for qualified patients.

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