Frequently Asked Questions
When you opt to undergo plastic or elective reconstructive surgery, you must carefully consider who will perform the procedure. This is more difficult than simply picking the first name you see on the Internet or in the phonebook, or going to the plastic surgery center that is closest to your home. This is a serious undertaking, requiring anesthesia, complex surgery, and a period of recovery. There are also risks that are important for you to understand. A good plastic surgeon will explain and educate you as much as possible during your consultation.
Why is it important to choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon?
When you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon, such as those at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery, you are choosing a surgeon who has the skill, training, and necessary experience for a successful outcome. Finding out if your plastic surgeon is board certified is a good place to start your search. Board certification requires the doctor to fully complete the rigorous educational and clinical board requirements. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only medical board that certifies plastic surgeons in all procedures.
Another way you can judge your potential plastic surgeon, which can be equally as important, is by how well you get along with him or her. You will be spending time with the surgeon and the staff during your initial consultation and during follow-up visits to see how well you are healing, and you should be able to speak freely around them. You should be able to voice your goals and concerns, and ask questions, and the plastic surgeon should listen to you. Likewise, you should also listen to his input. Your ideal Plastic Surgeon is Board Certified, listens to you, educates you, and has your safety in mind, first and foremost. If you keep these things in mind, your plastic surgery should be successful and leave you feeling happy and good about your decision.
Where do the doctors at ECAPS perform surgery?
The doctors at ECAPS are affiliated with several hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers throughout Bergen, Hudson, Morris and Essex Counties. These include: Englewood Hospital, Holy Name Medical Center, Barnabas Health Center, Hoboken University Medical Center, Christ Hospital, Jersey City Medical Center, Morristown Medical Center, Chilton Hospital, Saint Clare Hospital, and Hackensack University Hospital at Pascack Valley.
What is the initial office visit like?
The initial office visit is meant to welcome you, introduce ourselves and our staff to you, and provide you with a comfortable and informative consultation which provides you with the information necessary for you to make the best decision possible about your surgery.
What is the focus of your practice?
The plastic surgeons at ECAPS are fully trained in the wide breadth of plastic and reconstructive surgery, including all forms of Cosmetic Surgery, both surgical and non-surgical. They are both specialty trained and particularly passionate about Breast Cancer Reconstruction. They are heavily trained in Microvascular Surgery, which allows them to offer women the full array of Breast Cancer Reconstruction options, something that is not readily offered at most plastic surgery offices in northern New Jersey.
How do I schedule an appointment?
You can request an appointment online or by calling us directly. Our staff if courteous and professional every step of the way.
If I decide to have surgery, how long must I wait?
To answer this question accurately, there are several factors which must be addressed. With certain procedures, often times the limiting factor is waiting for insurance companies to authorize the procedure. If you are healthy and the procedure is cosmetic, you should not have to wait longer than one to two weeks, depending on scheduling and the facility where you would like the procedure performed.
Can I have more than one procedure done at once?
Combinations of procedures require additional time in the operating room, increased exposure to anesthesia, and increased chance of complications. This being said, combinations are performed, most commonly for body contouring patients. However, safety is the most important issue, and will dictate all decisions regarding combinations of procedures to be performed. Your health status and the specific procedures that are being considered will all be evaluated to arrive at the safest surgical plan that accomplishes your goals. This may take the form of a surgical plan that has two or more surgical stages, often separated by several months.
What types of technologies do you use in your office?
We operate on a fully digital Electronic Health Record that is maintained with the highest level of security to ensure your privacy.