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Frequently Asked Questions

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Plastic surgery is a very personal choice. How will you guard my privacy?

Olmsted Medical Center is dedicated to maintaining the privacy of our patients. Our Plastic Surgery Department offers a private entrance for discreet access. Our staff of trained professionals fully understand the importance of individual privacy and will act accordingly throughout your experience.

Do you have any way of showing me what the results of my surgical procedure might look like?

In addition to before/after photographs of patients who have agreed to let us show their images to others, our Plastic Surgery department offers a Vectra XT® 3D imaging system that can help you visualize the effects of face, breast, and body procedures on you. Talk with us to learn more or visit this website describing the Vectra XT® system.

Will I have restrictions following my surgery?

Recuperation time following plastic surgery is different for each individual and depends on the procedure. Generally, there is “downtime” associated with open plastic surgery, similar to any other recovery from a surgical procedure.

One common restriction for plastic surgery procedures is no lifting of 30 pounds or more for six weeks following your procedure.

A registered nurse will discuss a post-operative care plan with you before your surgery.

Can I improve my facial wrinkles without surgery and a great deal of downtime?

Depending on your specific needs, you may be able to improve your facial features by using minimally invasive laser skin tightening, Botox, and/or soft tissue fillers.

What kind of laser technology do you use for tissue therapies?

Currently, we use both a non-ablative 1440 solid-state yag (yttrium aluminum garnet) laser, which causes the patient no downtime; and the ablative 2940 solid-state yag laser, which generally requires 5–7 days of downtime.

What can Intense Pulsed Light therapy do for me?

Intense Pulse Light treatments can significantly reduce and manage inflammation caused by rosacea. These treatments can also significantly reduce the growth of unwanted hair on several parts of the body.

What is the difference between a "tummy tuck" and having abdominal liposuction?

A tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen while also tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall.

Liposuction of the abdominal region removes deposits of excess fat only. Liposuction is a less invasive procedure than a tummy tuck.

Due to my sensitive skin, it is difficult for me to use any products, including sunblock. Can you help?

One of our therapeutic skin care lines is plant- and vitamin-based. These products are gentle on your skin and offer daily sun protection.

We carry a number of skin-care products that generally are not commercially available and/or require a prescription to obtain. One of our team members would be happy to discuss them with you. If you become a patient, you will have access to our complete line.

What are my payment options for plastic surgery?

One of the integral parts of your consultation following an initial visit with Dr. Babovic is answering any financial questions you may have.

During this consultation you will meet with the Plastic Surgery department business office manager, who will discuss available insurance coverage and out-of-pocket costs for any procedures not covered by insurance.

Fees for our services range widely. Since many procedures are medically necessary, we will work with your insurance provider and explain what portion will be your responsibility.

Procedures that aren’t medically necessary require payment in advance. If you currently have a substantial unpaid balance at Olmsted Medical Center and choose elective plastic surgery, you will first need to pay your outstanding balance in full and pay the elective procedure's cost in advance.

We work closely with Home Federal Savings Bank on financing arrangements. We can discuss options during your consultation, or you may contact Home Federal through its website

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