FAQ
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How long before surgery should I get my medical clearance?

All patients are required to obtain a medical clearance by their primary care physician within 30 days of their scheduled surgery date. Our office must receive the patient’s lab results and any pertaining medical clearance letter a minimum of two weeks prior to their scheduled surgery date. It is important to keep in mind that all blood work has a 30-day expiration date and any labs or chest X-Ray (if required) done prior to the 30 days will not be considered valid.

Is there a certain weight limit (body mass index) to have surgery?

There is no specific weight limit restriction. However, in order to proceed with surgery in our office, we require that the patient’s body mass index is at or below 32.

What is the body mass index?

Your body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women. BMI is a screening tool that may indicate whether a person is underweight or if they have a healthy weight, excess weight, or obesity. If a person's BMI is outside of the healthy range, their health risks for surgery may increase significantly.

How long do the drains stay in for?

The duration that the drains are used for varies between patients and their type of procedure. If the patients only have one drain it will typically be in for 5-7 days, depending on how much the patient is draining. If the patient has two drains (typically any procedure that includes a tummy tuck) the patient will have the first drain removed 5-7 days post-op and the second drain will usually be in for 10-12 days post-op.

How long do I have to stay in Miami once I’ve completed my surgery?

Although it is safe for most patients to fly out of Miami after their 5th post-op day and at least one post-operative appointment with Dr. Z, we highly encourage all patients to stay a minimum of one week to ensure the highest level of safety for our patients.

Can I travel alone?

Yes, you may travel alone. However, please be advised that we CANNOT allow you to go home alone in an Uber/Lyft or any sort of private transportation service other than with a certified recovery home. If you are traveling alone, you must ensure that you are staying at a recovery house where pick-up/drop-off is arranged for you.

How long do I have to wear my garment?

Patients are advised to wear their compression garments for a minimum of 8 weeks. After the first 8 weeks, and after the swelling has diminished, you may switch to using a stage II garment.

How long should I stay off my buttock after a BBL?

Patients must remain entirely off their buttock for a minimum of two weeks. After the first two weeks, the patient may begin to sit on the BBL pillow. The longer the patients utilize the BBL pillow, the greater the rate of survival for the grafted fat cells. The BBL pillow should be used for a total of 4 weeks. Therefore, once six weeks have passed from the date of surgery, the patient is allowed to sit normally.

How important are the Lovenox injections?

Lovenox injections are of the utmost importance when undergoing an abdominoplasty or mommy makeover procedure. These injections reduce the chances of developing a blood clot. We also provide compression stockings that are placed prior to surgery and are not removed for 10 days.

How soon before my surgery should I have my prescriptions filled?

Patients will receive their prescriptions during their pre-operative appointment in person. Once you obtain your prescriptions, we encourage you to head over to the pharmacy closest to where you will be staying and leave the prescriptions to be filled. Please do not wait until the last moment to fill your prescriptions as some pharmacies have rules and regulations that do not allow the dispensing of the pain medication for 24 hours.

How soon after my surgery can I go back to my regular activities?

Once you have reached the 6th-week post-op mark, you do not have any physical restrictions. This includes but is not limited to weight-lifting, aerobic exercise, swimming, biking, and sexual activity.

How soon before the surgery should I fly down to Miami?

All out of state patients must fly down to Miami with a minimum of 1 or 2 business days unless specified by our office staff.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Surgery fees can be paid via debit or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover), cash, wire transfer, check and financing companies: Care Credit and Alphaeon.

What is the deposit amount and what does it provide?

The deposit amount is $500 and it will be credited towards your total cost of surgery. Your deposit will reserve your quoted surgery fees, as well as reserve your date of choice on the surgeon’s schedule.

Do I have to pick a date right away when I place my deposit?

No, you can apply your deposit to hold current surgery and anesthesia fees and select a date at a later time. However, the deposit is valid for a year from the date of payment. Surgery must take place within the year after deposit.

What do the fees include?

Fees include Anesthesia Fees, Surgeon’s Fees, Operating Room Fees, post-surgical garments, all pre-operative consults, and post-operative appointments.

What do the fees not include?

Fees do not include: lab & bloodwork, required imaging (mammogram, ultrasound, EKG, Chest X-Ray), medical clearance examinations, lymphatic drainage massages, post-operative medications & prescriptions, travel/hotel/recovery home accommodations

When do I need to place my deposit?

You have 30 days from the date the proposal was given to place your deposit. After 30 days, if the pricing has increased, we can no longer honor the original proposal.

When is my remaining surgery balance due?

Any remaining balance must be paid no later than 3 weeks prior to surgery with no exceptions.

What happens if I am not medically cleared for surgery?

If you are not medically cleared for surgery, your balance minus deposit will be refunded, or you can choose to reschedule your surgery for a future date in accordance with your primary care physician’s treatment plan.

Is the deposit refundable?

All deposits are non-refundable. However, if you cannot have surgery due to medical issues, you can use your deposit towards non-surgical treatments such as Botox, Injectables, etc.

How far in advance can I reschedule surgery?

You must advise the office of any rescheduling issues no later than 30 days prior to your surgery date in order to avoid rescheduling fees.

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