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Dr. Hardy* is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and is a member of the *American Society of Plastic Surgery, Northwest Society of Plastic Surgery, American Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Association, Plastic Surgery Education Foundation, Cleft Palate Foundation, and the Montana Medical Association.

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Common Cosmetic Surgery Questions

Plastic Surgery FAQs - Missoula, Butte, Helena, Montana

Waiting RoomMany of our patients have similar questions regarding cosmetic surgery. For that reason, we have provided a list of common plastic surgery FAQs below for your convenience. At our Missoula, Montana cosmetic surgery practice, we are dedicated to patient care and believe that an individual should be able to make a fully informed decision on whether to undergo a given procedure. If after reviewing our list of plastic surgery FAQs, you have additional questions, contact our Missoula practice today.

What is my first step?

Call us to discuss your situation. For surgeries and more complicated procedures, we will then schedule you for a consultation. Consultations with Dr. Stephen Hardy* cost $150. Consultations with Laura Conway our R.N., Esthetician, CPSN, cost $50. All consultation fees are applied to the procedure when performed.

How long after my consultation can I schedule surgery?

Depending on the procedure, you can schedule your surgery within three to four weeks.

Will I need someone to take care of me after surgery?

You will absolutely need someone to care for you for the first 48 hours after surgery. Your caretaker must sign you out at our office and go over post-op instructions with our staff. If you are considering plastic surgery at our Missoula practice, go over this list of plastic surgery FAQs with a friend or loved one so he or she has an understanding of the procedure process.

How long will my recovery take?

Recovery time from surgery is usually two to three weeks, depending on the extensiveness of the procedure. It is very important to follow the post-op instructions. Bruising and swelling vary from patient to patient.

Can I exercise after surgery?

Depending on the procedure, you must refrain from exercising for four weeks after surgery.

What medications should I avoid prior to surgery?

You must stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, and vitamin E for two weeks prior to surgery. You cannot take aspirin, ibuprofen, and vitamin E for four weeks after surgery. You may use Tylenol® if you are experiencing any pain.

What is the cost of surgery?

The cost of surgery varies depending on the procedure. After a thorough consultation about your specific needs, you will be given a detailed quote.

Will my medical insurance cover a cosmetic procedure?

Medical insurance will not cover cosmetic procedures. If the surgery is to correct a medical problem, your insurance company will determine whether it is a covered procedure.

Does your office offer financing?

We do not offer financing. We accept all credit cards, cash, and checks. Non-cosmetic procedures may be covered by medical insurance. Check with your provider for more details.

Plastic Surgery FAQs Not Answer Your Queries? Contact Our Missoula Practice

At Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates, we have a commitment to upholding the highest standard of care. If you are considering cosmetic surgery and have additional questions after reading through our list of common plastic surgery FAQs, please contact our Missoula practice today, using the form on this page. We would be happy to help!