Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins and his staff receive many questions during consultations for cosmetic surgery. Below are some of the most popular questions, and answers from Dr. Perkins, to help you make a more informed choice about your cosmetic surgery!
Questions about Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery consultation, cost, insurance, scheduling and location:
- How much does surgery cost? Costs depend on the procedure(s) performed. A written quotation is given to you at the time of your consultation.
- Do you have payment plans? Yes. Through Care Credit which we’ve blogged about – click here to read more about Care Credit.
- Do you take insurance? Will you bill my insurance company? No. We will give you any information you need so you can submit a claim to your insurance company if it is appropriate.
- Where are the surgeries performed? In Cosmetic Surgery Center’s fully-accredited outpatient surgical facility located in Santa Barbara near Cottage hospital. The accrediting body – JCAHO or The Joint Commission – is the same organization that accredits most hospitals.
- I’m not quite ready for surgery—should I come in now for a consultation? It is best to come in for a consultation when you have specific concerns so they can be evaluated and an overall plan formulated. Today we have many non-surgical options, some of which are available at Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara that was founded by Dr. Perkins, that can be used to postpone the need for surgery.
- How long do I have to wait from the consultation to the day of surgery? Generally, your surgery can be scheduled within 2 to 4 weeks.
Frequently asked questions about Dr. Perkins:
- How long has Dr. Perkins been in practice? Dr. Perkins has been serving the Tri-county area and beyond since 1978.
- Is Dr. Perkins board certified? Yes. Dr. Perkins is double board certified by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the AAOHNS (facial plastic surgery). He specializes in facial plastic and liposuction surgery.
Questions about medical information, anesthesia and post-operative care:
- Do I have to go under general anesthesia? No. Virtually all facial surgeries and body liposuction surgeries can be comfortably and safely done using local anesthesia and conscious sedation.
- Can I drive myself home? Yes, if light or no sedation is used. Otherwise plan for a friend or relative to take you home after surgery.
- Is there a lot of pain associated with surgery? Most facial procedures (including full face lifts) and body contouring surgeries have remarkably little pain that can be easily controlled with oral medication.
- Is my medical information confidential? What if my family calls with questions? Your medical information is always kept private. It can be discussed with your family members only if you say it is OK.
I have a few medical issues – can I still have surgery? That depends on what your medical issues are. As cosmetic surgery procedures are usually elective, there is never a reason to put any patient at risk. If necessary, “medical clearance” will be requested from your family MD.