Frequently Asked Questions
1.) Does the doctor use silicone or saline
Answer: Dr. Jain is one of the principle investigators
studying silicone breast implants, and both saline and silicone
implants are available. Saline implants are available for all
settings, including breast enlargement and reconstruction. Silicone
implants are restricted currently for reconstruction and in the
setting of breast lift at the time of augmentation.
2.) Where is the surgery performed?
Answer: The surgery is performed in either the hospital (St.
John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Cedars-Sinai in Beverly Hills) or a
free-standing surgery center that is Medicare certified (Dr. Jain
holds no interest either professional or personal in the surgical
3.) Is the procedure outpatient or is a
hospital stay required?
Answer: Generally the procedures are outpatient, that is, the
patient goes home after surgery or the next morning. Occasionally,
in larger procedures or if serious medical problems are
pre-existing, a hospital stay is essential.
4.) What is the recovery period?
Answer: The recovery period depends on the extent of surgery.
Bigger procedures with more dissection take longer for recovery.
Most procedures, such as facelift and liposuction take 2 weeks for
recovery; smaller operations, such as breast enlargement, typically
have shorter recovery periods.
5.) What are the risks of surgery?
Answer: All procedures carry risks, even having blood drawn.
Generally the risks include but are not limited to bleeding,
infection, scarring, asymmetry, poor cosmesis (looks bad), recurrent
deformity, as well as the need for further surgery.
6.) When can I go back to work?
Answer: Patients can generally return to work within a few days
of surgery; occasionally a week of recovery is beneficial prior to
returning to work.
7.) Will there be any work restrictions
Answer: If work restrictions are necessary it is usually because
the job entails serious manual labor, heavy lifting or straining,
etc. If the job description requires such manual labor, a period of
2 – 4 weeks of light duty is frequently indicated, but if no such
labor is necessary, there would be no work restrictions.
8.) How long will the results last?
Answer: This depends on the procedure(s) done, as well as
personal factors, such as sun exposure, skin color, age, etc.
Certain procedures, such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) tend to
be permanent. Other procedures, such as facelift tend to have longer
lasting results in younger patients with less sun damaged skin.
9.) Will there be bruising? For how long?
Answer: There is generally minimal bruising following surgery.
Certain medications such as Aspirin and NSAIDs (like Advil or
Motrin) increase bleeding and bruising. These types of medications
should not be used for 2 weeks prior to surgery. Bruising can take
up to 2 – 3 weeks to fully resolve. Makeup can generally be applied
at 1 week after surgery to effectively cover up facial bruising.