The Department of Plastic Surgery at LomaLindaUniversityMedicalCenter has compiled a list of our patient’s most frequently asked questions.


Am I a good candidate for plastic surgery?

Good candidates for plastic surgery are those who have set realistic expectations about their appearance and have a strong intention for undergoing the procedure. They understand that while plastic surgery may improve a part of their body and enhance their self-image, it rarely improves their whole life and does not change peoples’ perception of them.


What is the right age for plastic surgery?

While there are guidelines to help plastic surgeons determine the appropriate age for procedures, the appropriateness of a specific procedure is determined on a case-by-case basis. Many factors, including a patient’s body type and overall health, may influence whether or not the procedure is right for them.


Is plastic surgery safe?

All surgical procedures carry a certain amount of risk. It is important that you carefully follow all your doctor’s pre- and post-operative instructions to minimize the chance of experiencing a complication.


What is the difference between reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery?

Reconstructive surgery corrects abnormalities of the body caused by birth defect, disease or physical trauma. A good example is breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. It is used to restore function and normal appearance. Cosmetic surgery encompasses both surgical and non-surgical procedures to change or reshape the body. It is performed to improve appearance and restore a person’s natural state of beauty.


Do you offer non-surgical options?

Yes, we offer a variety of non-surgical options to enhance your natural beauty and minimize the signs of aging. To achieve a more youthful appearance, the Department of Plastic Surgery offers Botox, chemical peels and collagen/fat injections.


How much pain, recovery time and scarring should I expect?

Every patient is different, so your response to plastic surgery may vary. Consult your plastic surgeon on how much pain to expect, expectations for recovery time and scarring concerns for the procedure during your consultation.


Is plastic surgery covered by insurance?

It depends based on the type of procedure. Because cosmetic surgery is elective, it is usually not covered by health insurance and payment is typically required in advance. Reconstructive surgery is generally covered by most health insurance policies, however the coverage for specific procedures varies based on your provider and plan.


Is plastic surgery an outpatient or inpatient procedure?

In general, most plastic surgery procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. If the procedure is very extensive or in the event that complications arise, a patient may be required to stay overnight.


Will I be able to obtain financing for my plastic surgery procedure?

Yes. Our financial coordinators are available to explain financing options with you during your consultation. They will guide you on how to get in touch with providers and apply for a loan.


Contact Us

If you would like to schedule an appointment with a plastic surgeon or obtain information about the Department of Plastic Surgery’s clinical services, please call 909-558-2100.