Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is financing available?

A: Yes. We offer CareCredit. Also some Flex Spending Accounts are available for use. Check with your Human Resources Department for specifics.

Q: Who is a candidate for Plastic Surgery?

A: Patient who have a clear, realistic idea about their desired goal and are able to articulate these desires along with stable if any, medical conditions are candidates. Medical conditions such as Diabetes, Obesity, and Hypertension interfere with healing therefore; if these conditions are not stable surgery should not be considered until stabilized. 

Q: Will I look like myself after having facial procedures performed?

A: The goal at Providence Plastic Surgery is to naturally enhance your beauty. It is our intent that you look like an improved YOU!!! You will look more rested, refreshed and younger.

Q: What is the down time required for body contouring procedures?

A: Everyone’s pain tolerance is different; however, with the use of pain pumps patient are experiencing less ‘down time’. Typically for liposuction-only procedures patients can return to work in 3-5 days. For our abdominoplasty or combination procedures the recovery period ranges from 10-14 days. Remember these estimates are based on pain tolerance and the job requirements of the patient’s employer.

Q: Is it safe to go home after surgery?

A: This depends on the presence of any medical conditions, the length of the procedure and the type of procedure being done. My standard policy is if a patient has more than two medical conditions, surgery lasting more than 5 hours, and/or 2 or more procedures done then a minimum 23-hour observation stay is required.

Q: Can I have surgery done in your office?

A: No major surgery is done in our office. In our office we perform Botox, dermal fillers, microdermabrasion, mole removal, laser services, and some Moh’s and breast reconstruction under local anesthesia.

Q: Is it a good idea to ‘shop around’ for a Plastic Surgeon?

A: I believe you should shop around for a Plastic Surgeon whose personality, bedside manner and recommendations fit your expectations. Shopping around for the lowest price does not always end in better results and you may discover that the quality of the work is equivalent to the price. 

Q: How are complications/need for more surgery addressed in your practice?

A: The need for additional surgery to address complications, asymmetries, and minor issues may arise. If they do and the revision procedure cannot be done in the office, then the patient will be responsible for the hospital and anesthesia costs however; the surgeon’s fee is usually waived. 

Q: Does insurance cover cosmetic procedures?

A: No. If it is decided that your planned procedure is cosmetic we will not process the claim through your insurance. 

Q: What do I need to tell my surgeon before surgery?

A: Everything. Be very thorough with your medical history. It is important that we know all the medication you are taking including over-the-counter vitamins and herbal supplements. These products may interfere with healing, Anesthesia and/or increase bleeding.

Main hospital Phone: (202) 854 7000

Providence Hospital, 1150 Varnum Street, N.E. Washington, DC 20017 2180