What can I expect when meeting with Dr. Dagan?
Meeting your doctor marks beginning of a process. Because every individual has concerns regarding different features in their appearance, it is important to first synchronize your wishes and, hopes and concerns and receive a fair and realistic expectation of the results that you will receive from treatment. A satisfied client is one who has their wishes echoed back in the doctor’s assessment. Dr. Dagan will ask you about your motivation to perform surgery, the areas that you would like to see improved, how long they have been bothersome and will then tailor a procedure or a combination of procedures to meet those challenges. Remember, that Dr. Dagan’s experience is vast and your consultation is a chance for you to learn the realistic expectation you will gain from a treatment.
How long before an event should I be doing a procedure?
Often times, we have important events for which we want to “polish” ourselves not only with stylish clothing, shoes and styling of our hair. Weddings, reunions, religious events, parties and other special occasions motivate us to try to look our best. It is possible to do so in a relatively short time before the event, so even if you have left this part for last, it may not be too late. Try Botox or an injectible if your event is coming up in a few days, but if you have a bit of time and would like to change things more dramatically then your options are much more numerous.
The Manhattan lift is an office procedure that is performed under local anesthesia that provides long term results but reduces the risks associated with conventional facelift surgery. It involves a quicker recovery, less bruising and swelling and the results are apparent immediately after the procedure. A loose or saggy jaw line will become a sharply defined lower jaw, laxities and wrinkly looking neck skin will tighten and creases and folds between the nose and mouth (the nasolabial folds) will break and soften. All this may be done one month prior to your event.
Rhinoplasty surgery to correct a hump or a twisted crooked nose as well as eyelid surgery may also be performed one month prior to an event.
Implants to the chin and cheek may be placed as close as two weeks before an event.
Laser procedures vary in their effect. Laser tightening and resurfacing may be done one to two months prior to the event depending on the need for one or several treatments. Laser hair removal should normally be planned six months in advance. So, if you would like smooth bride legs or a gym slick back for the groom for your wedding you may want to plan six months to eight months in advance. Our exclusive all encompassing anti-aging laser treatments that combine laser tightening, rejuvenation and removal of aging spots should be done three to four months before an event.
How can I afford my cosmetic procedure?
At Dagan Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center, we offer a variety of options and financing plans that make it more comfortable and flexible to receive treatment. Dr. Dagan accepts all major credit cards and offers two of the best financial services to cover the cost of your procedure that you want and need. No interest financing, no upfront costs, no pre-payment penalties and no annual fees. Our financing services are designed specifically for your health and beauty needs including Botox, skin treatments, laser hair removal, liposuction, rhinoplasty, and more.
For more information you may visit Carecredit or apply for our special in house financing.
I have other medical issues, can I still have cosmetic treatments done?
Almost anybody can undergo cosmetic improvement whether by invasive or non-invasive means. The only exception to that would be during pregnancy when no cosmetic treatments should be done.
If you have a medical condition that may be contraindication for surgery, you still are eligible for cosmetic improvement with lasers or with other non-invasive procedures.
You can learn more about your options if you flip through the different procedures available on the main menu.
Can I get time off work for surgery?
Some surgical procedures may require recovery time of a few days to a week from work. Occasionally, you may wish to have some extra time off to relax and recover from your procedure. In those cases, Dr. Dagan will ensure to provide a physician letter to your employer that will maintain the confidentiality of your treatment and your privacy. Physician letters do not disclose the type of procedure you had in accordance with the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the common rule law of Privacy and Confidentiality.
So, the letter to your employer will not contain any information regarding your procedure or treatment.
How soon can I get my treatment?
Many treatments can be done the same day or week as your consultation. Our surgery schedule is flexible and you will find short waiting periods for most of our procedures.
What is the best procedure for me?
The most important thing to keep in mind when you come in for a consultation is what really bothers you. It is not important to be completely updated on the latest treatments available or what product is best. If you have a clear sense of what bothers you, it will make it easier to make your wishes come true. A complete and comprehensive analysis will follow general questions about your wishes and desires to come up with the best and most practical options for you.
Are there any steps I can take to prevent further aging changes after treatment?
Aging is a complex process that involves the natural tissue wear and tear on the cellular level and is dependent on a multitude of factors. Heredity plays a major role in how we age but there are other culprits as well. Our lifestyle can alter the way we look for instance. Smokers or people who spend time with a smoker have more skin damage and significantly increased skin wrinkling and dryness.
This is partly due to our wincing from the smoke but also related to the depletion of Vitamin C which normally maintains our skin plumpness and moisture. Lack of exercise can lead to accelerated skin aging. Exercise helps the tone of our muscles and increases blood flow which is by itself an anti-aging formula. Chronic alcohol use can lead to cosmetically displeasing changes in our skin. Alcohol is a dilator of small blood vessels in the skin—this causes increased blood flow near the skin surface which over time will permanently damage them. This will cause a flushed appearance and broken blood vessels on the surface of the skin.
A stressful lifestyle is almost synonymous with the big city. You may have heard the expression “keep frowning and your frown will stay with you”. Continual use of the muscles of our face in areas where lines may appear will eventually create permanent creases that need treatment. Try to be more aware of your level of stress and vary facial expressions during the day avoiding use of the same muscles that make you frown for instance.
Lack of sleep is a major causative factor behind dark circles and bags under the eyes as well as sagging skin. Try to balance your rest so that you get 8-9 hours of sleep each night. Reduce caffeine intake during the day (of course non in the evening), avoid eating at least two hours before bedtime and try to maintain a routine sleep regimen going to bed at more or less the same time each night.
The major environmental factor that affects our appearance is sun exposure, a major cause of skin cancer and wrinkles as well as sun spots, brown pigmentation, freckling and more. Unprotected skin exposed to the sun becomes more mottled in appearance. Freckles turn into brown spots, the skin takes on a dry appearance and wrinkles and sags even more. Avoid excessive sun exposure and sun bathing and learn about the various products to protect your skin against the damaging sun rays. Remember, clouds do not protect you from the harmful effect of ultraviolet radiation. Ask us about our new line of products for anti-aging and sun protection.
What is Arnica?
No supplements should be taken without your doctor’s knowledge and consent, either before or after surgery.
Arnica (also referred to as “leopards bane”) Arnica Montana is made from the flower of a plant which has been used for hundreds of years to treat inflammation and reduce bruising and swelling.
Arnica is the best of all to prepare the patient and to arrest excessive bleeding. It also helps to remove post surgery complications nicely. When used around the time of surgery, Arnica can reportedly reduce bruising and swelling.
Why do I need Vitamin C?
The body uses a lot of vitamin C to make connective tissue and high levels of the vitamin speed the healing of surgical wounds.
What is Bromelain?
Bromelain is extracted from pineapples. Bromelain is a natural anti-inflammatory. Bromelain brings temporary relief from inflammation caused by arthritis, surgery, injury, disease, or muscle soreness. It also reduces the numbness, tingling and aching.
Bromelain speeds up the body’s healing process. Doctor Dagan recommends that his patients take bromelain before and after surgery to speed the healing process. After surgery, inquire about our post operative product – Bruise Guard to reduce bruising and tingling sensations with its active Bromelain content.
Why do I need Zinc?
Zinc is a metalic mineral (not an herb) present in trace amounts in the human body, animals, and plants. Zinc, as well as other minerals, are needed in very small amounts in order for the body to function properly. Zinc is considered a coenzyme that helps some enzymes work properly.
Zinc is required for proper wound healing. It was used topically as far back as 1,5OO B.C. by the Egyptians, and to this day bandages often contain zinc oxide to help speed healing. It is also well-documented that people with zinc deficiencies experience delayed wound closure and an increased susceptibility to infection.