What type of anesthesia is used?
Abdominoplasty is usually performed with general anesthesia. The procedure is performed as an outpatient so you can go home the same day (or stay overnight if you choose) - the entire visit usually requires about four to five hours from the initial registration to your discharge. The office of Dr. M Kayser is strategically located at 20905 East 12 Mile Road, suite 300, which is directly across from the fully accredited St. John Hospital Outpatient Surgery Center just off the I-696 and I-94 loop in the Roseville and St. Clair Shores area - a suburban community northeast of the city of Detroit, Michigan.
What can I expect after surgery?
Most patients in my practice feel that a tummy tuck was less traumatic than they expected and many patients stop taking their narcotic pain medication in 3-5 days after surgery. The procedure is out-patient, which means you can go home the same day. The incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches and sealed with glue on the outside so there are no sutures to remove and patients can shower the very next day. There are two drain tubes with closed suction bulbs, which are removed in 10-14 days. Patients wear a support garment for about 4-6 weeks, after which, there are no restrictions at all.
Follow up is very important and patients are encouraged to return to the office within the week, two weeks, six weeks, six months and a year. This allows Dr. M Kayser to not only address any concerns that a patient may have but also make sure that both short and long term progress has been up to his high standards.
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Tell me about credentials - Is there a difference?
YES - ABSOLUTELY!!! Breast augmentation is a procedure which, unfortunately, can be performed by any physician - whether adequately trained or not. Most states have very little regulation on this matter. Because of this, non-plastic - or so called "cosmetic" - surgeons can perform breast augmentation as well. In addition, some physicians who are legitimately board certified in other specialties, such as ENT, dermatology, and gynecology, for example are performing "cosmetic" surgery even though they often have never had any formal residency training in the specialty of plastic surgery itself. Weekend courses abound and the patient is often confused as to which doctor to see.
Dr. M Kayser is Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which is the only plastic surgical specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to perform plastic surgery of the face and entire body. Beware of self designated boards that are not recognized by the ABMS. These would include The American Board of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, The American Board of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, and The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery - just to name a few.
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