The following are some of the most common questions asked by individuals seeking various cosmetic procedures.
These questions are only intended to supplement your own research and compliment the advice of a trusted medical professional.
Am I a good candidate for a cosmetic procedure?
In the initial consultation with Dr. Andrade this topic will be covered. The best candidates for cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery including breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift or breast enlargement are those seeking to match their outer physical appearance with their positive self image.
Products to diminish the appearance of facial wrinkles are a good solution for people wishing to decrease the appearance of early facial aging, without the downtime of a surgical procedure. It is important that individuals considering these minor procedures have expectations that are realistic.
Facial procedures (facelift, eyelid surgery, Pelleve wrinkle treatment system) are suitable to improve the overall balance and proportions of the face.
Body contouring procedures (tummy tuck, liposuction, arm reduction / brachioplasty, thigh lift, breast lift / mastopexy) are best reserved for patients close to their ideal weight and are still not satisfied with their appearance. These procedures are designed to complement a healthy lifestyle including regular exercise and balanced diet. Patients seeking cosmetic surgery come from all walks of life. Most people do not seek perfection but want to feel more comfortable with their overall body appearance. It is best to discuss your expectations with Dr. Andrade to ensure that your goals can be achieved.
How much does plastic surgery cost?
How much do breast implants cost? How much is liposuction? How much is a tummy tuck?
Many surgeons do not advertise a specific price because the cost of a procedure will depend on the patient’s unique needs. In the Financing/Pricing section there are estimates for some of the most common inquiries we receive from clients. You may also contact Dr. Andrade’s office by e-mail or telephone to get an approximate cost of a procedure, but the written quote provided during your consultation may be different.
Is there a consultation fee?
The initial consultation with Dr. Andrade costs $100 + HST but this can be applied as credit toward any product purchased in the clinic (scar gel, cosmetic products, etc) or any surgery or other treatment that the patient decides to book. After the first visit, all preoperative assessments and follow-up visits are free of charge. We charge a clinic fee because, unlike some clinics where minimal time is actually spent with the surgeon, Dr. Andrade personally ensures that all patients are well-informed and their goals are understood.
What can I expect during the consultation?
A typical cosmetic consultation includes 30-45+ minutes of personal assessment by Dr. Andrade. Important details include specific goals, medical history, thorough physical examination, and a discussion of the operation, risks and healing time. For patients seeking breast enhancement, Dr. Andrade has implant sizers and Vectra 3D imaging to assist with selecting the size and type of implants.
Will people notice the change in my appearance?
Depending on the procedure, the change in a patient’s appearance can be subtle or profound. The ultimate goal of Dr. Andrade’s cosmetic surgery practice is to make a positive change which is still in harmony with your overall appearance.
What is the recovery time?
In general, patients usually recover from minor procedures (cosmetic mole removal, Botox, treatment of facial wrinkles) in a few days or less. For more complex procedures (eg. breast implants, tummy tuck, mommy makeover) it can take several weeks for the majority of bruising and swelling to resolve. The final contour improvement of a cosmetic surgery procedure like a tummy tuck can take 6 months or longer, and scars typically fade for at least 12-18 months. With patience, the majority of people are very satisfied with the final result.
Dr. Andrade will provide a general timeline for recovery including time off work, return to vigorous exercise and sports, and other activities. However, as with any surgical procedure, the exact recovery time cannot be predicted.
What are the risks?
Prior to having any surgical procedure, be sure you understand the risks, benefits, and recovery time. Dr. Andrade encourages all patients to have at least two preoperative visits so there is ample opportunity for him to explain all of these issues and for questions to be answered.
Always ask your doctor about their experience with complications and how they would manage a problem in the unlikely event that it should happen. It is important that your surgeon has admitting privileges at a hospital in the vicinity where you have surgery, to ensure that you can receive appropriate care if necessary.
Where can I learn more about plastic surgery?
The internet is a great place to start if you are curious about plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures. It is recommended that you search for certified member associations or official product websites for the best and most accurate up to date medical information. Some organizations include:
Other product-oriented websites may be of some value but be sure to meet with a qualified plastic surgeon to discuss the specifics of your needs.
What is a Plastic Surgeon?
The specialty of Plastic Surgery encompasses many subspecialties including pediatric surgery, burn surgery, microsurgery, reconstructive surgery, cosmetic surgery, and hand surgery.
All physicians in Canada with the designation “Plastic Surgeon” must have completed four years of medical school training followed by at least five years of specialty training in Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Andrade is a certified Plastic Surgeon who received his training in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Toronto. He is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Ontario Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Association. He is a member of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, and the International Confederation for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS).
Where would the procedure take place?
Initial consultations take place at Dr. William Andrade’s clinic, The York Plastic Surgery Centre. The facility is conveniently located near the Mulock exit of Highway 404 to provide Plastic Surgery procedures to Newmarket and the surrounding communities of Aurora, Bradford, Barrie, Innisfil, Uxbridge, Schomberg, Orangeville, Richmond Hill, Markham and north Toronto.
Many procedures can be undertaken on-site in a private operating room at Dr. Andrade’s suite. Operations such as mastopexy, augmentation-mastopexy, abdominoplasty, belt lipectomy and other procedures requiring sedation or full general anesthetic are performed with a FRCSC Anesthesiologist and Registered Nurses/RPNs with appropriate OR, PACU, BLS and ACLS training.
Depending on the specific procedure and preference of the patient, Dr. Andrade also has full admitting and operating privileges at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, ON. This hospital has achieved one of the highest ratings for patient satisfaction of any facility in Ontario.
STATE-OF-THE-ART SURGICAL FACILITY
Yorkville of the NorthTM
Conveniently located off highway 404 in Newmarket Ontario, The York Plastic Surgery Centre is a new cosmetic surgical facility that meets the highest standards of safety, technology and patient care. Dr. Andrade is a trusted member of the healthcare community. Also, all of the medical staff that work at the facility include board certified anaesthesiologists and fully credentialed OR nurses.
Operations performed at the facility are done on an out-patient basis with in home nursing care as needed. Patients requiring more complex surgeries stay overnight at the hospital.
The entire staff The York Plastic Surgery Centre work hard to make every patient feel welcome, comfortable and well informed.