Plastic Surgery Questions

Serving Chattanooga, Tennessee

If you are considering plastic surgery, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to make an educated decision. The following are answers to a few of the most common questions we hear. However, the only way to determine if plastic surgery is right for you is to schedule a personal consultation in the privacy of our office.

1. Is My Doctor Board Certified in Plastic Surgery?

Be sure the physician you select to perform your cosmetic surgery procedure is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Not all physicians who perform plastic surgery or who use the title "plastic surgeon" are board-certified in plastic surgery. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only board that certifies physicians in Plastic Surgery of the face and entire body. Similar sounding boards such as the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery or American Board of Cosmetic Surgery are not the same. It is critical to your health and ultimate cosmetic result that you check your doctor’s credentials very carefully and thoroughly.


Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery assures you of the following:

  • Your physician is a graduate of an accredited medical school
  • He has completed a minimum of five years of surgical training following medical school, including an accredited plastic surgery residency program
  • And he has passed rigorous, comprehensive written and oral exams

2. Where will my plastic surgery procedure be performed?

Plastic Surgery can be performed in multiple locations. Be sure your Plastic Surgeon has operating privileges at an accredited, local hospital for the same procedure you plan to have performed – even though you may choose to have the procedure in the office surgical facility or an outpatient surgery center. If your Plastic Surgeon can perform these same procedures at the large hospital systems, it assures you that a hospital review committee has approved the surgeon’s qualifications and competency. One of the qualifications for hospital privileges to perform plastic surgery procedures is board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Our board certified Chattanooga plastic surgeons are credentialed to operate in our office-based surgical suite, free-standing surgery centers, and in all inpatient and outpatients hospitals in our area.

3. What type of anesthesia will be used for my procedure?

In our office-based surgical suite, we use local anesthesia and sedation monitored by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. Advances in anesthesia provide a stronger but shorter-acting alternative to general anesthesia and a faster "wake-up" following surgery. This method provides patient comfort, surgeon satisfaction, and the safety of knowing you don’t have to "go to sleep" for your surgery. The sedation allows you to breathe on your own with the minute-to-minute monitoring of an anesthetist.

In general, all of the most popular plastic surgery procedures can be performed with local plus sedation type of anesthesia. Some breast reduction patients may require a general anesthesia when a large volume of breast tissue will be removed and the skin requires significant manipulation and rearranging. Likewise, patients who are undergoing an abdominal panniculectomy where a very large volume of skin and tissue is removed may require general anesthesia. Sometimes, a physician may feel that a particular patient will do better if general anesthesia is used but this option will always be discussed during the office consultation.

4. What are the Average Times for Common Procedures?

Augmentation Mammoplasty - 1 to 2 hours
Abdominoplasty - 2 to 2 ½ hours
Breast Lift or Mastopexy - 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours
Breast Reduction - 2 to 4 hours
Brow Lift - 1 to 2 hours
Blepharoplasty - 2 hours
Facelift - 3 to 4 hours
Liposuction - 1 to 2 hours
Rhinoplasty - 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours

For more information on our plastic surgery procedures, contact our plastic surgery staff at The Plastic Surgery Group, P.C. in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We will be happy to schedule a confidential plastic surgery consultation to discuss your questions and concerns.