Got questions?

We’ve got answers! At TOP AESTHETICS, we are committed to providing our community of patients with answers to all of their medical queries and requests. We’ve pulled some of the most frequently asked questions and compiled them all into one place. Should you have any other questions that we may have missed, contact us and speak with one of our experts today.

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BOOKING, PLANNING & FINANCING

How to book with Top Aesthetics?


After you sign up on our free consultation through our website, you will receive an email with a quote saying: Pay Booking Fee ($500). When you make the deposit through this link, a calendar will pop up with the surgeons availability. You can pick your date as well as add any of the options you’d like in the Add Ons page. Once we receive it, we will contact you and get you all set up.




How can I pay?


After you pay your deposit, you will receive an email within 72 hours with your invoice. Once you have received it you may click on the “review and pay” button. You can make payments online through your invoice at any time for any amount to bring the balance down. Everything has to be paid off 2 weeks prior to your surgery.




How long do I have to stay in Fort Lauderdale?


Please note that you must stay in town at least for 5 days from the day of your surgery.




Adding the surgery to your calendar?


Please make sure when you select your surgery date you plan to arrive one day prior to your surgery day for your pre-op appointment. Plan your arrival to Fort Lauderdale airport by noon—one day prior to your surgery day in order to have time for your pre-operative appointment and to check-in in the hotel.




Are there any garments included?


Yes. All of our procedures include garments; booty pillow for BBL and surgical bra for breast procedures; body and scarring creams.




Whats the difference between Standard Stay and Premium Stay package?


Standard Stay package: is 3 days; 2 nights for you and 1 guest over the age of 18, with a 10 hour nurse and transportation to and from the surgical center. Premium Stay package: is 7 days and 6 nights with a 10 hour nurse and transportation to and from the surgical center. This package includes 3 lymphatic massages.




Are there any Operating Room, anesthesia/anesthesiologist extra fees?


Actually no, no extra fees.




Are the medications and blood tests covered?


Actually no, this is not included; however these costs may be covered by your health insurance plan.




Payment options


We also offer the following financing options: Care Credit and Alphaeon. You may apply through our website: https://form.jotform.com/TopAesthetics/FreeConsultation




Will my medical insurance cover my cosmetic procedure?


In cases where people need surgery for reconstructive purposes – for example, if they’ve been injured in an accident – insurance may cover part or all of the procedure. However, purely cosmetic surgeries are elective procedures, so insurance is usually not involved. Our friendly staff can help you determine if, and to what extent, you may be eligible for insurance coverage.




What is the cost of each procedure?


To know the price of any procedure you must sign up in our free online consultation portal: https://form.jotform.com/TopAesthetics/FreeConsultation Request what type of procedure you are interested in, and load the pictures. Please note that we can’t give out prices until you submit photos of your body or face indicating your interest.




I’m from another state, how long would I need to stay in Florida?


It depends what package you select. However, if you select the Stay Package (which is only three nights), and something occurs after you leave, we are not responsible for any setbacks or misfortunes. We highly recommend that you stay 7 days and 5 nights (Premium Package).





SAFETY

Who is good candidate for cosmetic surgery?


In general, nonsmokers who are in good overall health and are currently at a healthy body weight, are good candidates for cosmetic surgery. Those who suffer from serious health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, a bleeding disorder, heart disease or depression should not consider cosmetic surgery. It’s also very important for prospective patients to have realistic expectations for their surgery results. Honesty about your medical history, plastic surgery goals and any concerns you have is crucial so we can make an informed and realistic assessment about what procedures may be best for you.




What is the best age to have plastic surgery?


There’s no “right age” for plastic surgery. Treatments such as breast augmentation, liposuction, nose jobs and dermabrasion tend to be more common for younger patients, while older patients may be more likely to seek procedures such as an eyelid lift, brow lift, facelift or neck lift. We schedule pre-surgical consultations with every patient to discuss your desired results and evaluate your goals on a case-by-case basis. During the consultation, we will also discuss individual factors, such as your unique body type, bone structure, size, age and overall health.




Is plastic surgery safe?


As with all surgical procedures, there is always some posible level of risk. Our medical staff is highly trained and has many hours of surgical experience. We will do everything possible to minimize complications during your surgery. Additionally, it’s essential to follow all your pre- and post-operative instructions exactly, and discuss any and all medical conditions with us before your procedure. This is the best way to ensure a smooth surgery and recovery process.




What does it mean for a surgeon to be board-certified?


Earning board certification is one of many ways a surgeon can prove his or her skills and knowledge. Each certifying board has different requirements and measures a physician’s education and experience in their chosen fields. Legally, any medical doctor is permitted to do any surgery. For example, there is no law that says an ear, nose and throat doctor can’t perform a facelift. Board certification provides assurance that a doctor has undergone formal training in the fundamentals of cosmetic surgery. A plastic surgeon cannot earn board certification without completing at least four years of residency training in cosmetic surgery procedures. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery also requires surgeons to complete continuing medical education and take a written test every 10 years.





PRE-OPERATIVE

How do I prepare for surgery?


Preparing both mentally and physically for cosmetic surgery procedures—such as a breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, facelift or brow lift—is necessary for a successful surgical outcome. The process begins with a consultation, during which our staff will have an in-person meeting with you to discuss every aspect of the procedure, the recovery time and your ideal results. During this time, you should ask to see before-and-after photos of patients with similar facial and/or body features to yours who have had the same procedure you’re planning to have, so you have a clearer idea of what results you can expect. We will also review your health history and give you additional instructions for pre- and post-surgery. Please come prepared with a list of cosmetic surgery questions – when you’re planning to make such a big change to your appearance, there’s no such thing as being too inquiring.




What medications/vitamins should I take Pre-op & Post-op?


There are medications for swelling, inflammation and bruising. These types of medications are for example Arnica and Bromelain—which allow your body to speed up the recovery—. They help in slowing down the swelling, and bruising a lot less. There are also other medications that treat pain, we use several different ones. It could be narcotics: morphine, codeine, hydromorphone, etc. Some of them are Nsaids—which are like Ibuprofen, aspirin, etc. There are medications exclusively for swelling. For example if you are having a procedure in your face you would want a medication that heals you faster, so you would probably receive an anti-swelling steroid medication. Certain medicines are suggested to avoid prior and after surgery, for example: aspirin. Also more symptoms are nausea and vomiting, and we always treat them with preventive medication to help you heal faster also. Vitamins are also key in the pre op and post op procedures. Specifically Vitamin C in the form of Ascorbic Acid. This concentrated Vitamin C in form of powder helps to prevent viruses, infections, heart disease and many other forms of illnesses.




How does anesthesia works?


It is critical that you don’t eat or drink anything 8 hours prior to the surgery (specially if you’re going to be having general anesthesia). It is possible if you come to the surgery with a full stomach during the indiction of the portion of the anesthesia you might aspirate or some of the fluids of your stomach can go into your lungs and this is a very dangerous situation. It is extremely important that you don’t have solid or liquids in your stomach. Its ok if you are taking medicine with a little bit of water, but please make sure its not a full glass.




What diet should I follow after surgery?


The best results you’re going to get after your surgery is the closest to your ideal body weight. Your BMI (Body Mass Index) is very important. The closest you are to your ideal BMI, the better. Sometimes you have to gain weight if you are looking into fat transfer. But for the most part, the more important thing is that you are in your weight (or closest to it). Certain things to avoid prior and after surgery, for example: herbal teas, for example the ones that have ginger that may have some components that make you prone to bleeding. It could cost you a complication after your post op surgery. We also invite you to suspend for a short period of time: fat burners. Because they can cause problems with your heart or with your anesthesia. That’s why it is very important to tell your surgeon what medication and what diet are you following prior to the surgery. Omega 3 acids: it’s also recommended that you stop taking them because they also make you more prone to bleeding. If you keep 40% of carbohydrates, 30% of protein, and 30% fats, you keep this proportion in your meals, you should be on a balanced diet. Avoid alcohol consumption (before and after the surgery). Alcohol is one of the main liquids that will make you gain weight because it turns into sugar and sugar turns into fat. Also, alcohol interferes with medication.




What about narcotics and drugs?


You cannot have any psychoactive drugs 30 days before or 30 days after surgery.




Do I need bloodwork?


Yes, you will need to complete your blood tests and medical clearance letter from your provider. You will receive a link to complete your medical questionnaire. Once filled out and submitted, you’ll receive your lab order and clearance form. You will need to take them to your doctor or clinic and have them fax (or email) us back your results along with a medical clearance, stating that you’re clear for surgery. Everything must be turned in at least 3 weeks prior to surgery with your final payment in order to avoid rescheduling fees. Wear comfortable clothing so nothing is pressuring you.





POST-OP

When is the best time to use the waist trainer?


You can use the waist trainer under or over the faja. Whatever the patient prefers. It is just meant to continue contouring their waste and add more compression than the foams.




What are some of the complications that can occur after surgery?


DVT (Deep Venus Thrombosis) and PE (Pulmonary Embolism) are complications that can happen after surgery and they’re not necessarily related to a poorly performed procedure, but rather they are some conditions that patients previously had, which could be what we call Hypercoagulable state—where the patients make clots more easily—. This is why is very importante to start moving quickly after surgery to avoid clotting. Because these clogs could start in your veins in your legs and migrate to your lungs creating a PE (pulmonary embolism). If the PE is large enough it could kill a big portion of your lung and put your life at risk. This is why we use squeezers and anticoagulation.




How can I setup my home after surgery?


We strongly recommend for you to sleep in a recliner for the first three days, if you don’t have one or don’t plan to buy one you can use many pillows so you elevate your body in almost a sitting position. Depending on what surgery your getting, we suggest for you to have a drive medical steel folding chair. Also, if you have a one or two story house, please sleep on the ground floor for the first week. Your prescriptions prior to the surgery should be with you at all times so you avoid going to the pharmacy. Have healthy foods, keep your protein up. Have many soups and avoid greasy foods. Regarding constipation—which is very typical due to the pain medications—its important to eat a lot of fibre, drink a lot of water, and try to not be stressed. For example: watching videos in YouTube about surgeries could subtly stress you.




Is plastic surgery considered an outpatient procedure, or should I prepare for a hospital stay?


At Top Aesthetics one hundred percent of our procedures are performed on an out-patient basis. We provide an extended recovery with a health care professional in charge of monitoring ALL of our post operative patients for 10 hours after surgery at the privacy and confort of the hotel room.




What should I do to achieve the best results from my surgery?


There are several steps you can take to get the best possible surgical results, including the following: Stop taking any over-the-counter supplements, such as vitamins, minerals and herbal products, seven days prior to surgery. If you smoke, quit smoking at least six weeks before your surgery to avoid healing problems and serious medical complications during your recovery. Tell us if you are taking aspirin or drugs with anticoagulation properties, as they can cause unnecessary bleeding during surgery. We may ask you to discontinue them before surgery to minimize the risk of unnecessary bleeding. You want to be in the best of health before coming in for surgery. For this reason, if you come down with a cold or fever, or experience an infection or injury, contact our office immediately to reschedule your procedure and minimize the risk of surgical complications.




How do we position our body after surgery?


Depending on what procedure you are having there are different positions: Face, head neck, always have to make sure your head is elevated (at least for 3 or 4 days). Recliner is perfect; 2, 3, 4 pillows. First 24 to 48 hours you can put some cold compresses, but its very important that your head is propped up and elevated. Breast procedure: We recommend for you to sleep on your back, not too much on your side and definitely not on your belly. For breasts we give you compression garments then the patient can transition to sports bra, then with bras without underwire. Specifically for those patients that are having incisions in the inframammary fold for breast lift. Give it at least 2 weeks to heal. Brazilian Buttock Lift Survival of fat grafts can be significantly improved with diligent post-op positioning. We recommend that for a month you try to sleep on your front side. Meanwhile, you can use a BBL pillow (Boppy pillow) during the day for office activities. Fat grafting to your butt: If this is the only procedure you are getting, it is better for you to offload this area with a pillow that we will provide for you to place under your legs so that you can sit and offload and not sit straight on your bottom. Although when you sit, you sit on your thighs on the inferior portion of your buttocks. But when you lay flat you put more pressure on the surgical side so we recommend you to sleep on your side or your tummy after a back procedure. Tummy Tuck: the first three or two days will be very uncomfortable, and if you try to stand completely straight you may disrupt some of the procedures. So its very important that at the beginning you sleep on your back until you start to feel more comfortable to sleep on your side. Tummy Tuck and BBL: you are going to sleep on your back most of the time putting some pillows on your under your lower back and under your thighs to offload as much as you can the buttocks so that way you won’t compromise the results. Remember: offload the surgical sides, recliners and pillows are great.




How do I manage my drains?


Why do we use drains? We might use them when we create a space where fluid can collect. Specially when you do liposuction in Tummy Tucks, that fluid that is left after the liposuction its better to drain somewhere and to get it out of the body. To allow the tissue to stick back together without fluid in between. Please follow the instructions in the video in how to manage a drain after your surgery. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqGmEEoDy2A