Do you want cosmetic surgery, but aren’t sure how you can afford it? At Dr. Jejurikar’s office we understand your financial pressures and will work with you to make surgery more affordable!
Dr. Jejurikar accepts Care Credit, which is a third party financing option for your plastic surgery and cosmetic expenses. Care Credit offers a variety of financing plans which allows you to pay off your surgery from anywhere from 6 months to 5 years. This can reduce a seemingly cost prohibitive procedure into relatively small monthly payments.
How do you get started with Care Credit? It is very easy! Simply go to CareCredit.com and fill out an application. The process is simple and approval is typically based on your credit history and application. Think your credit rating will prevent you from getting approved? You can also use a co-applicant. The site is very easy to navigate and only takes a few minutes to look over. Why not take a few minutes to apply for financing the surgery you have always wanted?
If you’d like to learn more about your options for plastic surgery financing, or would like to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Sam Jejurikar’s office at 214-827-2814
Patients often want to know just how long they can expect the results of their Brazilian Butt Lift to last. It’s a common misconception among patients that the results will not last and that they are doomed to repeat buttock augmentation surgery in the future.
It’s important to understand that Brazilian Butt Lift involves autologous fat transfer, or transplanting fat from one location in the body to another. Because micro-droplets of fat are transferred, the body develops a new blood supply to the fat that survives the transfer. This means that the fat that is transferred eventually behaves like normal fat that exists elsewhere in the body. When you gain weight, you can do so in your buttock, and the same holds true if you were to lose weight.
Some of the fat invariably does not survive the transfer to the buttocks. Also, the butt swells initially after Brazilian Butt Lift, and, as a result, gives the appearance of diminishing in size after surgery. Still, once a patient reaches a time period somewhere between 6 and 12 weeks after surgery, assuming they remain at a constant height and weight, they can expect the results of their buttock augmentation with fat to remain constant for the duration of their life.
When the FDA approved silicone breast implants for cosmetic breast augmentation in 2006, it made the recommendation that women undergo an MRI 3 years after the procedure and then every two years thereafter to screen for silent breast implant rupture. Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is state-of-the-art technology which is considered the gold standard for diagnosing breast implant rupture. Most insurance plans do not cover the cost of an MRI performed for breast implant surveillance and patient costs for this procedure can run anywhere from $500 to $2000. Follow-up data after 2006 demonstrates no conclusive link between silicone breast implants and breast cancer, reproductive problems, or any connective tissue diseases, but, as of now, the FDA has yet to drop the recommendation for routine MRI screening to assess for breast implant rupture.
Most plastic surgeons believe that the evidence to support such as an aggressive silicone breast implant surveillance program does not exist. In 2008, surgeons from Memorial Sloan Kettering reported that MRI surveillance has not been demonstrated to lead to a reduction in patient morbidity nor have the benefits of MRI screening been shown to outweigh risks, which can include patient anxiety and false-positive results that can lead to unnecessary surgery.
Some patients believe in following the FDA’s guidelines strictly, and Dr. Jejurikar certainly respects their desire to do so; in these cases, he facilitates the patient getting an MRI. Unless a patient has a specific problem that requires further investigation, however, given the lack of proven efficacy of routine surveillance MRI, as well as the costs and risks associated with the test, Dr. Jejurikar does not endorse routine MRI screening for breast implant rupture.
To learn more about silicone breast augmentation, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sam Jejurikar, contact his Dallas or Plano offices at 214-827-2814.
Nearly 1 of out 4 Americans takes some kind of herbal supplement. The majority of cosmetic surgery patients do not disclose that they take these over-the-counter supplements, most commonly because they don’t really consider these to be medications. While the health benefits of vitamins and other supplements can be tremendous, there can be unforeseen side effects of taking these medications. A variety of herbs, vitamins, and over-the-counter supplements have the potential to cause serious problems during your surgery and afterwards.
Different herbal supplements have different effects on your body. Some cause excessive bleeding while others interfere with anesthesia or other medications you may need. Dr. Jejurikar stresses the importance of reporting your usage of all vitamins and herbal supplements that you take prior to cosmetic surgery and reconstructive plastic surgery.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists recommends that all patients stop taking herbal supplements at least two weeks before surgery, no matter the operation. They stress that, just because a medication is “natural” does not mean it is safe during surgery.
Dr. Jejurikar tells his patients that many herbal supplements, including aspirin, Vitamin E, St. John’s wort, ginkgo biloba, garlic, ginger, ginseng, and feverfew an cause increased bleeding during surgery. This increases the risk of blood loss, can increase postoperative bruising and swelling, and in the worst cases, can cause a hematoma, which is a collection of blood which may need to drained surgically.
A few of these supplements, such as ginseng are found in popular energy drinks and herbal teas. Because of this, Dr. Jejurikar recommends to his patients that they stop these 2 weeks prior to surgery as well.
Herbal supplements and vitamins to avoid prior to surgery include (in alphabetical order):
- BROMELAIN – Take only after consulting with Dr. Jejurikar. Can be beneficial with postoperative bruising, but may cause postoperative bleeding
- DANSHEN – May cause bleeding
- DONG QUAI – May cause bleeding
- ECHINACEA – May interfere with immune functioning, which can affect healing
- EPHEDRA – May cause abnormal heartbeat, extreme high blood pressure and coma if combined with certain antidepressants and anesthesia
- EPHEDRINE comes from ephedra, also called ma huang, which has been implicated in heart attacks and strokes. It also causes the blood pressure to rise, and can cause bleeding
- FEVERFEW – May cause bleeding
- GARLIC – May cause bleeding, may interfere with normal blood clotting
- GINGER – May cause bleeding
- GINKGO BILOBA — May cause bleeding
- GINSENG – May cause bleeding, rapid heartbeat, hypertension
- GOLDENSEAL – May cause or worsen swelling and hypertension
- LICORICE (not including candy) – May cause postoperative hypertension
- OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS – May cause bleeding if taken in doses greater than 3 grams a day
- SENNA – May cause electrolyte imbalance
- ST. JOHN’S WORT — May diminish or enhance the effects of some drugs used during and after surgery
- VALERIAN — May prolong the effects of anesthesia
- VITAMIN E — Taking greater than 400 unites per day can result in increased postoperative bleeding
If you questions, or would like to schedule a consultation, call Dr. Sam Jejurikar’s Dallas or Plano office at 214-827-2814.
As a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Sam Jejurikar tries not to over-emphasize the impact of cosmetic surgery procedures in shaping his patient’s self-esteem. Self-esteem is determined by many factors, most of which relate to innate mental health and external environmental factors. That being said, many patients undergo cosmetic surgery procedures to make themselves feel better about their personal appearance. With their increased confidence, they often develop improved self-esteem.
The medical literature demonstrates that breast augmentation boosts self-esteem. Researchers from the University of Florida reported that women usually experience significant increases in positive feelings about their sexuality after undergoing breast implant surgery. The authors state that, although plastic surgery does not cure all feelings of sexual inadequacy or poor self-worth, it is important for to understand the psychological benefits of breast augmentation.
According to an article published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (May 2013), nearly all women (98%) who underwent breast augmentation said the results met or exceeded their expectations. Dr. Eric Swanson, the plastic surgeon who conducted the study, also found that women also had improvements in quality of life and self-esteem after breast augmentation.
Ultimately, breast augmentation cannot fix all the problems in a patient’s life. If, however, self-esteem issues are the result of poor body image, breast augmentation may the solution. Call our office today at 214-827-2814 for a complimentary consultation.