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Recently Asked Questions


How do I pick a plastic surgeon?


Choosing to have cosmetic or reconstructive plastic surgery is an important decision; so is selecting a plastic surgeon. Consider these important guidelines:

Board Certification:  Not all physicians who perform plastic surgery or who use the title plastic surgeon are board certified in plastic surgery.

The American Board of Plastic Surgery® (ABPS) and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada® certify physicians in plastic surgery of the face and entire body.  To be certified by either board, a plastic surgeon must:

  • Graduate from an accredited medical school
  • Complete a minimum of five years of surgical training following medical school, including an accredited plastic surgery residency program
  • Pass comprehensive written and oral exams

Privileges: Your surgeon should have operating privileges at a accredited, local hospital for the same procedure you plan to have performed- even if the surgeon suggest your procedure be performed in an accredited office-based surgical facility or at an ambulatory surgery center.




How do I prepare for surgery?


Your plastic surgeon will carefully explain the procedure you will undergo. You will be given specific instructions that may include:

  • Pre-surgical considerations, diagnostic testing and medications
  • Day of surgery instructions and medications
  • Specific information related to the use of anesthesia
  • Postoperative care and follow-up

You will also be asked to sign consent forms to assure your plastic surgeon that you fully understand the procedure and any risks or potential complications.

Possible risks of the procedure will be a discussed. You should feel free to ask any questions you have prior to the procedure.  All surgery carries risks associated with anesthesia.  These and other risks will be fully discussed prior to your procedure and consent.

It is natural to feel some anxiety, whether excitement for the anticipated outcomes or preoperative stress. Discuss these feelings with your plastic surgeon.


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What happens after surgery?


Before you are released following surgery, you and an accompanying family member, friend or caregiver will be given specific instructions that may include:

  • How to care for the surgical site
  • Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
  • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
  • When and how to follow up with Dr. Cram

Dr. Cram will provide specific postoperative instructions based on the technique and extent of your procedure.  These will include instructions on the use of any compression garments, expected return to activity and appropriate care of incisions.  Follow all instructions carefully- this is essential to the success of your outcome.  In general, a return to light, normal activity is possible as soon as you feel ready and is encouraged to prevent blood clots and other complications.

Continue to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions and attend follow-up visits as scheduled.


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