What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?
Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve the patient's appearance. Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance because it is elective.
Reconstructive surgery is administered on abnormal structures of the body, caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is performed to improve function, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance. Reconstructive surgery is generally covered by most health insurance policies although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly.
How much does plastic surgery cost?
Cost is an important issue for anyone thinking about plastic surgery. The total cost may include the surgeon fee, facility/operating room cost, anesthesia, and any product costs such as breast implants or post-operative garments. After your consultation, a Luxe team member will discuss each cost and provide all necessary information about the procedure. We offer CareCredit® Healthcare Financing and accept all major credit cards.
Do you offer financing?
Yes, Luxe offers CareCredit® Healthcare Financing, a credit card exclusive for healthcare services. CareCredit® offers special financing and low monthly payment options.
Will I be able to tolerate the pain post-operatively?
Each patient will tolerate post-operative pain differently. While some patients may describe the pain as just an ache, others experience greater discomfort. To minimize this discomfort, appropriate pain medications are prescribed for the post-operative period.
How long is the recuperative period and when can I return to work?
Your recovery time will be discussed in detail with Dr. Kutty before any procedures. The length of time it takes to recuperate after plastic surgery varies depending on the procedure performed and the person operated on. Dr. Kutty will take into account your individual situation and the procedure you are considering and give you a clear idea of what to expect after surgery. After the two-day period, many patients are able to care for themselves, but may still need assistance if they have small children to care for.
When can I resume regular exercise?
The time a patient resumes regular exercises varies based on the operation performed. All patients are encouraged to start a slow walking routine on the second postoperative day. Regular aerobic and more vigorous activities are not allowed during the first 2 weeks in order to decrease the risks of bleeding, swelling, and bruising. In most cased, eight lifting and contact sports are allowed after one month.
Why is it so important for my plastic surgeon to know detailed information about my personal and family health history, even if I am only having a simple cosmetic procedure?
There is always some potential for risk with any surgical procedure. However, as a patient, you can play an important role in reducing your risk by providing a full and complete health history to Dr. Kutty and the Luxe team.
Safety measures to prevent complications will be determined by your individual situation. There are several simple solutions for such risks that will be discussed by you and Dr. Kutty before any procedures. Remember, your safety is the highest priority.
What does it mean to be a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons?
Many health care providers are now performing plastic surgery procedures, but that doesn’t mean they’re all qualified to perform plastic surgery. ASPS Member Surgeons are trained in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of all types.
All ASPS Members:
- Have at least 6 years of training and experience in surgery, with 3 years specifically in plastic surgery
- Are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
- Operate only in accredited medical facilities
- Adhere to a strict code of ethics
- Fulfill continuing education requirements, including patient safety techniques
- Will be your partner, working to achieve your goals
Where does the "plastic" in plastic surgery come from?
The word "plastic" is derived from the Greek word plastikos, meaning "to mold or shape". The first plastic surgeries were developed to repair a difficult wound or lost tissue due to injury or cancer. These procedures often involved the formation of a skin flap to reshape or mold the defect so as to approximate the original appearance.
Call Luxe now at (281) 241-1041 for your comprehensive consultation, or schedule online. Dr. Kutty is proud to serve patients in Katy, Sugar Land, and throughout the Houston area.