Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is general anesthesia? What is “twilight” anesthesia?
Anesthesia traditionally refers to a temporary blockage of sensation. There are many methods of achieving anesthesia, but most commonly, plastic surgery procedures are performed under general anesthesia or “twilight” (intravenous) anesthesia. General anesthesia is regulated by an anesthesiologist and involves placing a breathing tube and rendering a patient unconscious for the surgical procedure. “Twilight” or intravenous anesthesia involves the administration of medications through an IV to achieve a deeply sedated and relaxed state. Although in “twilight” anesthesia you will not have a breathing tube, you will likely sleep for the majority of the operation and will have no memory of the surgical events. Depending on the procedures performed, and your general state of health, Dr. Song will offer one or both methods of anesthesia.
2. Will my insurance cover all or part of the cost of my procedure?
In general, insurance does not cover any portion of a “cosmetic” procedure. Reconstructive procedures including breast and skin cancer reconstruction, breast reduction, and surgery to correct birth defects will be covered by your insurance. However, many problems fall somewhere in the spectrum between entirely “cosmetic” and “reconstructive,” and Dr. Song will submit for insurance pre-authorization on a case-by-case basis.
3. Is silicone safe?
Yes, silicone is safe. Silicone breast implants were initially introduced in 1962 by the Dow Corning Corporation and were used with great popularity until the FDA announced a moratorium in 1992. At this time, there were fears that silicone implants caused connective tissue diseases, and their use was suspended until adequate clinical studies could be conducted. After studying thousands of patients, it was conclusively proven that silicone implants are safe, and do not cause any systemic disease. In November 2006, the FDA re-approved the use of silicone breast implants for cosmetic augmentation purposes. Allergan™ and Mentor Corporation™ are the two largest manufacturers of breast implants used today.
4. What if I have a complication?
Unfortunately, complications do occur. Despite Dr. Song’s meticulous surgical technique and proper planning, problems will occasionally arise. During the initial consultation, as well as the pre-operative visit, Dr. Song will describe exactly what you can expect from your operation, as well as the associated risks. If a complication does occur, Dr. Song will work with you to achieve a satisfactory result, and will always keep you informed while sharing his honest thoughts and feelings.
5. What if I am not happy with my result?
It would be great if all surgical results were perfect. Due to a variety of factors, the outcome is occasionally less than optimal. If this happens, Dr. Song will work with you to identify the issue and to achieve a satisfactory outcome. During your initial consultation, Dr. Song will identify potential factors specific to you that may limit the operation and will discuss his concerns and reasonable expectations.