FAQs

Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

1. Where will my surgery be performed?

2. What medications do I avoid before cosmetic surgery?

3. When do I see the doctor after surgery?

4. After surgery will I have drains?

5. How do I prevent swelling after surgery?

6. When do my sutures come out?

7. When can I eat after surgery? Will I get nauseated?

8. do I need someone to stay with me after surgery?

9. When can I shower after surgery?

10. When can I walk after surgery?

11. When can I return to work?

12. What about smoking?

13. What size breast implants should I have?

14. Do I need to do breast exercises after augmentation?

15. When can I wear a bra after breast surgery?

16. After nose surgery, when will dressings be removed?

1. Where will my surgery be performed?

95% of cosmetic surgery and many insurance- covered surgeries are performed at Dr. Killion’s accredited Samaritan Plastic Surgery Center connected to his office. Board certified anesthesiologists from the hospital administer general anesthesia when required. Many procedures are done under local plus IV sedation.

2. What medications do I avoid before cosmetic surgery?

For 2 weeks before and one week after surgery, abstain from Aspirin and all aspirin like medications including Motrin, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Vitamin E, garlic, fish oil and all herbal medications. Tylenol is okayl Prescription medications should be cleared by Dr. Killion.

3. When do I see the doctor after surgery?

Dr. Killion usually sees patients the day after surgery except tummy tuck patients whom he sees on the second or third day.

4. After surgery will I have drains?

Dr. Killion believes in the use of drains after major surgery as it decreases the chance of swelling and black and blue marks which are the cause of most post operative discomfort. Drains are removed the day after a facelift and three days after breast surgery and 6 days after a tummy tuck.

5. How do I prevent swelling after surgery?

Dr. Killion utilizes drains to prevent black and blue marks and swelling. Frozen peas or crushed ice in a baggy) applied to the operative site, post operative medrol and elevation of the operated area are recommended.

6. When do my sutures come out?

Dr. Killion utilizes absorbable sutures under the skin to repair incisions nearly all the time. Any external sutures are removed within four to five days to prevent “stitch marks.”

7. When can I eat after surgery? Will I get nauseated?

In order to avoid post operative nausea, medications are given to you in the operating soon. The first night, you may drink clear liquids (water, tea, cranberry/apple juice, jello.) The day after surgery you may eat regular food if you feel hungry.

8. do I need someone to stay with me after surgery?

For safety reasons, it is mandatory that someone drive you to and from the surgery center, stay with you at least overnight and bring you for your first office visit.

9. When can I shower after surgery?

Two days after a facelift, one day after liposuction, three days after breast surgery and six days after a tummy tuck. After nose surgery, you can shower the next day from the neck down.

10. When can I walk after surgery?

If your surgery is performed in the morning, Dr. Killion likes you to get up and walk a bit in your room that night. Walking about the home the next day is recommended after breast surgery, face surgery and liposuction. (just don’t overdo it!) Tummy tuck patients should be up and walking gingerly the day after surgery and proceed slowly for a few days. Naturally, it is wise to stay at home the first five to seven days.

11. When can I return to work?

It depends on the vigor of the job. If you work at a computer and sit most of the day, you can return to work in five days (nose, ear, light liposuction, breast augmentation) or seven days (eyelids, large liposuction) or fourteen days (face-neck lift, breast reduction.) Of course, cases must be individualized.

12. What about smoking?

Risk of complications in smokers having cosmetic surgery is 700% greater than in non-smokers. If you smoke, don’t do the surgery. Or, look at this as an opportunity to quit!

13. What size breast implants should I have?

Implants are either saline (salt water) or get (silicone) and can be placed over or under the pectoral muscle with incisions either around the areola, in breast crease or armpit. Implant size is your choice. Dr. Killion takes breast measurements to determine the size range that he recommends. You have lots of choices and he will recommend a technique that best fits your body shape.

14. Do I need to do breast exercises after augmentation?

In the past exercises were recommended to diminish the chance of firming of the breasts known as contracture. Since Dr. Killion has used drains on his augmentation patients, he finds no need to recommend exercises.

15. When can I wear a bra after breast surgery?

Usually three days after surgery when the drains are removed. A seamless, soft, form-fitting bra (Warner) is recommended.

16. After nose surgery, when will dressings be removed?

The packs inside the nose are removed in one to three days. External nasal implants are removed in 10 days.