FAQ

  • Plastic surgery is a general term, used for both reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. Reconstructive surgery includes all medically indicated surgical interventions that are reimbursed by the Belgian health insurance (mutuality). Aesthetic surgery includes all surgical interventions for purely aesthetic reasons, which are not reimbursed. For more information about the difference between plastic and aesthetic surgery, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

     

  • The average recovery time after surgery is 8 to 14 days depending on the type of procedure. Please don't hesitate to contact us for more information. 

     

  • Normally, you can start exercising again one month after surgery. However, much depends on your body and the type of procedure you have had. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

     

  • Health insurance pays for all procedures which have is a nomenclature number, or, in short, for all procedures that have a clear medical purpose. Health insurance will not cover procedures that are purely aesthetic. However, reconstruction procedures such as breast reconstruction can be an exception. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

     

  • Private hospitalization insurance will normally only cover reconstructive procedures (i.e. procedures that have a nomenclature code).  These interventions are considered to be non-aesthetic, since they are (partially) reimbursed by the national health insurance. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

     

  • Sick leave is only granted for reconstructive surgery. For aesthetic procedures, you must take the needed days off from work at your own initiative. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

     

  • Whether you can have multiple procedures done at the same time depends on the extent and duration of the procedures, as well as the anatomical regions on which they are performed. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

     

  • Any incision will always leave a scar. If possible, however, the surgeon will make the incision in a discreet area; e.g. in a skin fold. In some cases, this means the scar will end up hardly visible. To minimize scarring as much as possible, we recommend using a scar reducing cream. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

     

  • At this moment, the average waiting time for treatment is two to three weeks.

  • For reconstructive surgery, there is no minimum age. Aesthetic procedures, by contrast, are not performed on patients under the age of 18, unless both parents share with us their written consent prior to the procedure. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

     

  • Upon leaving the clinic, we will provide you with your treating physician’s mobile phone number. You can dial this number 24/7 should complications occur.

     

  • There’s no need to bring any special items on the day of surgery. However, you must arrive at the clinic on an empty stomach if you will undergo general anesthesia, i.e. you are not allowed to eat or drink up to six hours before the procedure. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

  • As a basic principle, all surgical wounds are closed on the inside by means of resorbable sutures and glued on the outside with surgical glue. In other words, you can shower the day after surgery provided there are no abnormalities in this department. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

  • The point at which you can start working again after surgery depends, on the one hand, on the type of procedure you have undergone and, on the other hand, on the physical requirements of your job. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

     

  • We strongly recommend that you stop smoking at least 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after the procedure. Nicotine, after all, causes a spasm of the small blood vessels, reducing the blood flow to the wounds and thus potentially delaying the healing process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

  • Surgery performed under a local anesthetic does not limit your ability to drive home yourself, provided you are able sit behind the wheel in a normal state. In the case of general anesthesia, however, we do advise you to have someone else drive you home. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

  • Surgery performed under a local anesthetic does not require you to arrive at the clinic on an empty stomach. Surgery under sedation or general anesthesia, by contrast, requires you to not eat or drink anything up to six hours before the operation. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

     

  • Should you develop a fever on the day of surgery, it is vital to inform the surgeon immediately. He / she will invite you for a consultation or refer you to your general practitioner for appropriate treatment. Please don't hesitate to contact us should you have any further questions.

  • We only use silicone breast implants of the best quality available. Our patients can choose between round medium profile implants, round high profile implants and anatomical (drop-shaped) implants.

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  • Our suppliers' breast implants come with a 10 year warranty. However, they are made to last a lifetime.

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  • Breast augmentation surgery takes about 1 hour. A breast lift or breast reduction takes about 2.5 hours to complete.

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  • There are no special risks associated with breast surgery. Just like with any procedure, complications are possible. Postoperative bleeding may occur in the hour following breast correction. Naturally, our qualified staff will immediately intervene to remedy the bleeding should that be the case. Complications may also occur in a later stage, e.g. capsule formation (rejection of a foreign body), or reduced/lost sensation in the nipples.

     
     
  • Breast augmentation leaves a very thin scar in the crease underneath the breast or around the outer edge of the areola. We recommend applying a scar reducing cream twice a day for two months after the procedure to minimize the appearance of scars.

     

  • There is no significant difference between liposuction and liposculpture. Liposuction is an older term, used initially when liposuction procedures were performed by means of cannulas with larger flow diameters. Liposculpting is a technique that uses much finer cannulas.

     

     

  • No. Fat cells that remain after liposuction become trapped in scar tissue, permanently preventing them from growing.

     

  • The duration of a liposuction (liposculpture) procedure depends on the number of areas to be treated. Most areas each take half an hour to treat.

  • In some (predisposed) patients, abnormal fat deposits or cellulitis occur after liposuction. Visible scars after the procedure cannot be excluded. However, if the procedure is performed as intended, there are no significant complications associated with liposuction / liposculpture.

     

     

  • Liposuction can have a reducing effect on cellulite, but will not eliminate it. In some patients, cellulite occurs as a complication following liposuction. Don't hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns. 

  • Liposuction involves very small (3 mm) incisions, made in the folds of the skin and/or areas that are usually covered by underwear. There will always be scars, in other words, but they are very discreet. 

     

  • The duration of the surgical intervention depends on the type of abdominoplasty. A mini tummy tuck removes excess skin from the lower abdomen, whereas a full tummy tuck removes excess skin from the middle and lower abdomen and involves transposition of the navel. The abdominal muscles can also be tightened. On average, the procedure for a tummy tuck takes 1 to 2 hours.

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  • Particularly obese patients experience a higher risk of developing phlebitis in the legs, a condition which can lead to pulmonary embolism. However, complications are not commonly seen. The most common complication after any surgery is bleeding. A delayed healing of the navel can also occur, which is particularly seen in smokers.

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  • A tummy tuck leaves a horizontal scar beneath the bikini line and a circular scar around the navel.

  • Fillers are injected into certain facial muscles in order to temporarily paralyze these muscles. The effect of a filler starts to show 3 to 4 days after the injection and will last up to 5 months.

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  • How long fillers remain visible depends on the type of filler, the area treated and the body's metabolism. A filler in the lips remains visible for about 6 to 9 months. Fillers have been known to disappear after 14 days, but those cases are rather rare.

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  • The result of a facelift lasts 8 to 10 years.