Dr. Jay Birnbaum
74 East 79th Street Suite 1ab
New York, New York 10021
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Phone: (212) 472-3040
Fax: (212) 988-5455

Frequently Asked Cosmetic Surgery Questions

What is the difference between reconstructive and cosmetic surgery?
In general, reconstructive surgery is performed on patients who are either born with a congenital malformation, injured in an accident or patients who have had surgical procedures to treat illnesses such as cancer. Cosmetic surgery usually involves rejuvenation of areas of the body which have undergone changes because of aging, weight gain, or weight loss or areas of the body the person is simply not happy with such as a large nose, small chin, protruding ears or small breasts.

Where is my surgery performed?
I perform surgery in my fully certified state-of-the-art operating room, in my office, or at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for plastic surgery?
The only way that question can be answered truthfully and completely is by having a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. In general, a plastic surgery patient should be in good general health, at or close to their ideal body weight, and preferably a nonsmoker.

Is plastic surgery painful?
The answer to this question depends on how extensive the surgery and which body parts are involved; however, many patients are surprised to find out that facial and nasal surgeries are associated with little or no pain. Pain, when it does occur, is generally easily controlled with appropriate pain medications.

How long is recovery time?
Once again it will depend on the procedure performed. For larger surgeries like breast reduction, abdominoplasty and face lift, the recovery time is, in general, 10 to 14 days. For surgeries such as blepharoplasty (eye lift) and liposuction, the recovery period is generally about one week. It should be noted that these recovery times are for initial healing, the full process of healing is usually about three months.

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