Frequently Asked Questions


1.) Does the doctor use silicone or saline breast implants?
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 facility).

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 after surgery?
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.
 

VIVANTI N. JAIN, M.D., F.A.C.S.
2021 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite#408-E
Santa Monica, California 90404

Telephone: (310) 315-9522
Facsimile: (310) 315-9542
Email: drjain@drvjain.com


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